What in the World is God Doing?: An Introduction to World Missions

What in the World is God Doing?: An Introduction to World Missions

by C. Gordon Olson
     
 

ISBN-10: 0983329052

ISBN-13: 9780983329053

Pub. Date: 07/07/2011

Publisher: Branches Publications

What in the World is God Doing? is an updated revision of the introduction to the major themes of global missions including the latest developments, statistics and trends from around the world.

The contents of this introduction to missions includes the following topics:

1. Motivation for Missions

2. OT perspective of missions

3. NT perspective of missions

Overview

What in the World is God Doing? is an updated revision of the introduction to the major themes of global missions including the latest developments, statistics and trends from around the world.

The contents of this introduction to missions includes the following topics:

1. Motivation for Missions

2. OT perspective of missions

3. NT perspective of missions

4. Is Truth worth dying for?

5. An analysis of the "call."

6. History of missions in the Early Church (AD 33-500)

7. History of missions in from the Dark Ages to the Reformation (AD 500-1517)

8. History of missions from the Reformation to Carey (1500-1792)

9. History of missions from Carey to WWII (1792-1945)

10. History of missions in the new paradigm (1945-present)

11. World non-theistic religions: Animism, Hinduism, Buddhism

12. World theistic religions: Roman Catholicism, Greek Orthodox, Islam

13. World context: Secularism

14. Unfinished task in North America-Asia-Sub-Saharan Africa

15. Unfinished task in Latin America-Muslim world-Europe

16. Practical Missions Functions: Personnel selection and recruiting, Missions Agencies and missional churches.

This book covers the basics and the latest trends in missions written for the student of missions, pastors and church leaders as well as field personnel needing a background in world missions. A must read for anyone interested in understanding the Great Commission.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780983329053
Publisher:
Branches Publications
Publication date:
07/07/2011
Pages:
483
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 8.90(h) x 1.40(d)

Table of Contents

Introduction: What God is Doing in the World 7

Part I His Word: The Biblical Dimension

1 Dispelling The Fog 17

Isn't Every Christian to be a Missionary? 17

What Do We Mean by 'Missions'? 21

What Do We Mean by Christian? 23

Why in the World Do We Need Missionaries? 27

2 Is Missions Really in the Old Testament? 31

Does the Old Testament Have a Missionary Message? 31

Does the Old Testament Show a Missionary Purpose? 35

Was There Really Missionary Activity Before the Apostles? 44

3 The Jewish Messiah's Global Plans Disclosed 49

Global Purpose in the Preparation for the Messiah 50

Christ's Own Indications of a Global Purpose 50

The Age-Long Imperative of the 'Great Commission' 56

4 His Church Bridges the Cultural Chasm 61

The Power of Pentecost: A New Missionary Instrument is Born 62

How God's 'Key Man' Opened the Doors of Faith 64

The Unique Church at Antioch 66

The Unique Ministry of the Apostle Paul 68

The First Missionary Teams Penetrate the Gentile World 70

A Prisoner Evangelizes the Imperial Capital 75

5 The Only Light in the Deadly Night 79

The Uniqueness of Christ and His Gospel 81

Are the Unevangelized Really Lost? 86

A Critique of Contemporary Inclusivism 93

6 Why in the World Should I Go? 99

The 'Missionary Call' 99

Motivating Incentives 108

How to Get There from Here 109

Part II His Story: The Historical Dimension

7 Prereformation Expansion & Missions [A.D. 33-1517] 113

The Roman Empire: Evangelized or Christianized? (33-500) 113

Medieval Missionary Expansion (500-1200) 121

Confrontation with Islam (600-1500) 124

Roman Catholic Missions (1294-1700) 126

Prereformation Evangelicals 129

8 Reformation Missions (A.D. 1517-1792) 133

Mission Harbingers in Two Barren Centuries 134

The Reasons for the Great Omission 136

Missions to Native Americans 142

Spiritual Awakening and European Missions 145

9 Missions Restored: Pioneers (Ad. 1792-1865) 155

Foundations in America 155

British Initiatives 157

American Pioneers 168

10 Expansion to Interior Frontiers (A.D. 1865-1945) 181

The Pioneer 'Faith Missions' 183

Belated Entry into New Fields 187

Two New Movements at Home 190

The Heyday of Colonialism 192

The Sweep of Great People Movements 194

Global Missionary Conferences Spawned Ecumenism 196

The Impact of Two World Wars and the Depression 202

11 Transition to the Contemporary Scene (1945--) 203

The Radically Changing Political Environment 204

The Resurgence of Ancient Religions 207

Transition within Christendom 209

Missionary Personnel and Relationships 211

Development of Methodology and the Science of Missiology 215

Part III The Contextual Dimension

12 Nontheistic Religious Contexts 225

Animism: Religions of Non-Literate Tribal Peoples 225

Hinduism: Indian Pantheism/Polytheism 229

Buddhism: Hinduism's Offspring Spreads East 233

Multireligion in China: Taoism, Confucianism, and Buddhism 238

Multireligion in Japan: Shinto and Buddhism 241

13 Theistic Religious Contexts 247

Judaism: A Chosen Nation's Traditions 247

Roman Catholicism: Apostate Traditions Accumulate 251

Eastern Orthodoxy: Mystical Traditionalism 255

Islam: Militant Unitarianism's Ultimate Claims 257

The Origin of Religions 263

14 The Secular Context of Missions 267

The Political Context 267

The Health Context 271

The Socio-Economic Context 272

The Cultural Context 273

The Educational Context 279

Part IV The Regional Dimension

15 North America: Our Samaria 285

Is North America a Mission Field? 285

The Historical Background 290

Ethnic Ministries 291

Quasi-Christian Religions and Cults 302

Institutional / Special Ministries 304

Geographic Ministries 306

16 Asia: The First and Vastest Challenge 309

The Distinctives of Asia 309

17 Sub-Saharan Africa: Growth Through Struggle 329

Exploration and Slave Trade 329

Four Routes of Early Gospel Penetration 330

The Legacy of Colonialism 333

Rapid Church Growth 335

Confrontation with Islam 335

The Current Situation 336

An Evaluation of Missions to Africa 339

The Current Context for Missions 341

Overcoming Obstacles to Progress 342

18 Latin America: A Christo-Pagan Melting Pot 347

The Diverse Peoples 347

How Did It All Happen? 349

American Protestant Missions 351

The Spectrum of Beliefs 355

Seedbed of Innovation 357

The Unfinished Task 357

19 The Muslim World: Neglected Challenge 359

Fourteen Centuries of Bloody Conflict and Expansion 359

The Challenge of Islam 361

20 Europe: Re-Evangelizing Secular 'Christians' 373

A Religiously Divided Continent 374

The Triumph of Secularism 377

The Current Situation 380

Missions to Europe 380

The Unfinished Task 387

Part V The Functional Dimension

21 Why in the World Do We Need Mission Agencies? 391

The Basis of Mission Agencies 392

The Function of Mission Agencies 394

Types of Mission Agencies 397

The Encouraging Statistics 398

22 How in the World Do We Get Good Missionaries? 403

The Challenge of Recruitment 403

How in the World Can I Get Prepared? 410

23 What in the World Do Missionaries Do? 419

The Biblical Priority of Evangelism 420

On-field Preparation 424

Educational Ministries 425

Medical Ministries 428

Literature Ministries 431

Community Development 433

24 What in the World Can My Home Church Do? 435

Immediate Goals and Ultimate Objectives 435

The Biblical Model for the Sending Church: Antioch 436

The Crucial Role of Pastors and Pulpit 439

Missions Conferences 440

Missions Education and Information 441

Missions Support 442

25 Where in the World Do We Go From Here? 445

Analyzing the Need 445

The Challenge Ahead 452

Developing Trends 456

Strategies for the New Century 460

Glossary 467

Bibliography 470

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