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Lessons learned globally

Posted by on Jan 26, 2011 in blog links, missional | 1 comment

Lessons learned globally

Speaking of global missions, Dave Black shares some of the lessons that he’s learned while traveling to Ethiopia two times per year since 2004 (Wednesday, January 26, 2011 at 4:40 a.m.).

Here are his “lessons learned”:

  • Practical Christian fellowship calls for help when it is needed and not merely when it is asked for.
  • Believers are, and always will be, saints together, regardless of race, nationality, political affiliation, or denomination. Yes, I said denomination.
  • If I want to serve God I must never dash ahead of Him in impetuous enthusiasm nor lag behind Him in double-minded unbelief.
  • Only when I apply the truth to my own life diligently can I prove my Christian discipleship to others, Ethiopians included.
  • I must live sacrificially for others. Only then can I can rightly reflect the one who “though He was rich yet for our sakes became poor so that we through His poverty might become rich.”
  • Missionary work is non-stop, 24/7. To call Sunday the “Lord’s Day” doesn’t mean that the other days belong to me.
  • Spiritual warfare is never easy, and we are likely to get hurt. But the final victory is ours.

Have you learned any of these lessons?

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  1. 9-23-2011

    Love what you said about living sacrificially. Isaiah 58 says we should fast in order to feed the hungry and help the poor. (in other words, to live missionally). I was challenged and encouraged in this area by a new book by Scott Todd, Fast Living: How the Church will End Extreme Poverty. As we think about practical ways to live our faith, this book was extremely helpful!