|"Once a person is redeemed, if
scripture and prayer don't light their fire, their wood is wet."|
— Cora B., Nazarene Bible College student
I'm a part of the fellowship of the unashamed. The die has been cast. I have stepped over the line. The decision has been made. I'm a disciple of His and I won't look back, let up, slow down, back away, or be still.
My past is redeemed. My present makes sense. My future is secure. I'm done and finished with low-living, sight-walking, small planning, smooth knees, colorless dreams, tamed visions, mundane talking, cheap living, and dwarfed goals.
I no longer need preeminence, prosperity, position, promotions, plaudits, or popularity. I don't have to be right, or first, or tops, or recognized, or praised, or rewarded. I live by faith, lean on His presence, walk by patience, lift by prayer, and labor by Holy Spirit power.
My face is set. My gait is fast. My goal is heaven. My road may be narrow, my way rough, my companions few, but my guide is reliable and my mission is clear.
I will not be bought, compromised, detoured, lured away, turned back, deluded or delayed.
I will not flinch in the face of sacrifice or hesitate in the presence of the adversary. I will not negotiate at the table of the enemy, ponder at the pool of popularity, or meander in the maze of mediocrity.
I won't give up, shut up, or let up until I have stayed up, stored up, prayed up, paid up, and preached up for the cause of Christ.
I am a disciple of Jesus. I must give until I drop, preach until all know, and work until He comes. And when He does come for His own, He'll have no problems recognizing me. My colors will be clear!
This vibrant declaration of Christian commitment comes from Dr. Nina Gunter. She got it from veteran missionary Louise Robinson Chapman (Africa: 1920-1940). One side note is that today this commitment statement circulates among Christians (and even web sites) with the byline "Author unknown." Doesn't the story behind this statement make it all the more potent?
"To read the stories about the Church being alive and growing where governments have tried to snuff it out (or when there was no expectation of growth) is exhilarating." -- Esther S., Nazarene Bible College student
|Bill Drake led worship for large group gatherings at a university in California. One day,
Operation Mobilization leader George Verwer came to campus to speak. Here's Drake's account
of what happened:|
"I thought I might impress him by playing some of Keith Green's music. As I left the piano, Verwer caught me in front of 3000 people by saying, "Young man, you probably ought not to be singing songs like that unless you're prepared to back it up with your lifestyle."
To say the least, I was embarrassed and humbled. I liked singing about obedience and holiness, but until then it hadn't crossed my mind that there is no true worship without obedience -- which for a disciple of Jesus means being involved in His kingdom."
|A large group of believers meeting in Orlando, FL was challenged to affirm a covenant. [ read the covenant ]|
"Lost people matter to God, and so they must matter to us." -- Keith Wright, Nazarene pastor and district superintendent
When was the last time you heard impassioned intercessory prayer for lost people? Probably far too long ago. That lost people do matter to God is clear from the pages of the Bible. For instance, the story of Jonah is about how a foreign city of lost people mattered to God and about how much God wanted those lost Ninevites to matter to Jonah as well.
Jesus used the occasion of a journey through foreign territory (Samaria) to say to His disciples, "Open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest" (John 4:35). Clearly, reaching lost people is not a multiple choice thing where we can say, "I choose Option A. I'll care about these lost people in my neighborhood. Let someone else choose Option B and care about the lost people elsewhere in the world who have no access to the gospel."
Missionary strategists tell us there are huge groups of unreached people in cities and countries around the world. Shouldn't our hearts be burdened for them? Those people matter to God. They should matter to us.
The "lost people matter to God" phrase appears in the Christian and Missionary Alliance denomination's statement of core values.
Do our hearts yearn that people everywhere hear the Gospel? Do our prayers reflect that yearning? Does our giving reflect that yearning? Do the actions we urge fellow believers to take reflect that yearning?
-- Howard Culbertson
More mini-essays in the "Slogans that awakened the Church" series
"Let us be satisfied with nothing else than leaving the deepest mark on our generation." -- John R. Mott
"Fan into flame the gift of God, which is in you." -- 2 Timothy 1:6
"The question before us is this:
Is there enough passion in the soul of the church to carry this holiness message to the peoples of this world?
When it is all said and done: If we lose our passion, we lose our movement."
- Our problem is not with our profession, but with our passion.
- Our problem is not with our procedures, but with our passion.
- Our problem is not with our policy, but with our passion.
- Our problem is not with our purpose, but with our passion.
- Our problem is not with our programs , but with our passion.
-- Jim Diehl, former Nazarene general superintendent
More global missions passion material: Are you a missions mobilizer? Check out The Fish Scale Ten ways to avoid becoming a missionary Ten ways to ruin a short-term missions trip (Faith Promise) convention resources Surviving re-entry from cross-cultural ministry involvement Missionary home assignment Praying for missionaries Short-term missions trip resources Sign the pledge! Unreach peoples and where they live: 10/40 Window map Case studies and discussion guides
|"The hatred directed towards missionaries, once so loudly sustained by anthropologists and various skeptical' literary types has mostly abated, and there has been growing awareness of all the secular' good that missions do and have done. The remaining anti-mission sentiments are mainly within the liberal denominations which no longer could send out any missionaries even if they wanted to, being unable to motivate sacrifice with their tepid faith." -- Rodney Stark, sociologist, in an interview published in Missiology|
Need for passion What's our motivation?
Devotional thoughts using illustrations from ham radio Do you have a missions call? "Lord, teach us to pray" PowerPoint presentations used in classes and other venues Nazarene Missions International resources