Crossword Puzzle: Introduction to Missions

A tool for learning about the biblical and theological foundations of world missions

Based on material in chapter 2 of Discovering Missions by Gailey and Culbertson

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3 A Hebrew word meaning "peoples" which appears 500 times in the Old Testament
4 God's covenant with this man included the promise that through him, "All peoples on earth will be blessed"
6 What King Solomon built to be a worship center for all peoples and not just for those born as Hebrews
7 The number of different language groups who heard the gospel on the Day of Pentecost from Peter and others of the 120 who had been in the Upper Room
8 What Paul's missionary strategy reminds us we need to do with the gospel message
1 The Old Testament prophet who is often called the stubborn or reluctant or even "obstinate" missionary
2 The place where God made a covenant with His people, saying that they would be "a kingdom of priests." Peter says that phrase indicated they would declare God's praises to the world (1 Peter 1:3 and 2:9)
5 The kind of people for whom we need to look if we follow the pattern of Paul's missionary strategy

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    -- Howard Culbertson,

Based on material in the book Discovering Missions by Charles Gailey and Howard Culbertson, published by Beacon Hill Press of Kansas City (now known as The Foundry)


The Christian world evangelism movement finds its roots in several key biblical and theological principles. At its core is the Great Commission, where Jesus instructs his disciples to "go and make disciples of all nations" (Matthew 28:19). This mandate underscores the universality of the Gospel message and the imperative to share it with people of all backgrounds. Additionally, passages such as Acts 1:8, which speaks of spreading the Gospel to the ends of the earth, provide further theological basis for global evangelism. The belief in the transformative power of Christ's message to bring salvation and redemption to individuals and societies fuels the fervor behind evangelistic efforts. The theological understanding of humanity's need for reconciliation with God, as articulated in Romans 3:23-24, also motivates Christians to share the Good News with the world. Furthermore, the concept of missio Dei, or God's mission, emphasizes that evangelism is not merely a human endeavor but a participation in God's ongoing work of redemption and reconciliation. These biblical and theological foundations serve as the driving force behind the Christian world evangelism movement, inspiring believers to proclaim the Gospel message to every corner of the globe.

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