Category Archives: Church [Local]

A Call to the Church for the Unengaged & Unreached from 1645: Simon de Figueiredo & Jesuits in Tibet

After about 15 years of Christians engaging the Tibetan world, in Ladakh, Guge [a former kingdom in western Tibet], and Utsang [central Tibet]. The Portuguese mission work in India and China was coinciding with the European-Asian trade, and as new … Continue reading

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Relational Proclamation of the Word, Personally and in Church: Practical “Distractions” for Sharing Christ in the 3rd World

Following a blog post from ThomRanier.com—http://ow.ly/k8vh1–I was reminded of a very real issue for expectations and reality of being a faithful Christ follower in the non-West cultures. Talk about “First World Problems,” Ranier’s list and the subsequent comments show the contextual … Continue reading

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Why does International and North American Church Planting look so different?

What is it about International church planting (CP) that it gets so much assistance and teaching from looking at the “apostolic” role in Acts, like Barnabas, Paul, etc.? Why do the works written about Int’l CP teach so much from … Continue reading

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GCR, baptism, missiology: What is the Great Commission without Church Planting?

Much more than just making converts, we are to be making disciples, and those disciples are to form into to churches in order to best fulfill the purposes of God and best bring glory to God. Continue reading

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“Sent Out Ones”: Local Church vs. Individual

The local church body is God’s design for organizing and working out bringing about his purposes and glorifying himself. The body has many parts and there is a mutual responsibility between the parts in order to fulfill God’s purposes: together, the church enables and equips its members in order to fulfill God’s calling and guidance for the church as a whole and the church’s individual members.
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Immediate Immersion: the Acts, the New Testament & the Early Church On How to be Saved: A Practical Guide (Acts 2:38-41)

The practical guidance Peter gives is simple. Repent. Accept the message, the good news of Jesus Christ. Continue reading

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Immediate Immersion: the Acts, the New Testament & the Early Church On When to Baptize (Acts 2)

The issue for the church in discipling new believers is following the principle of baptism: a test of true faith as the new believer’s first step of obedient love for Christ. Discipleship is the fruit of salvation, and the way of those that are saved. Baptism is the first step of discipleship, according to the practice/method of the early church throughout Acts. Continue reading

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