Chrysostom on an Idle Life

chrysostom“The whole life of men in ancient times was one of action and contention; ours on the contrary is a life of indolence. They knew that they were brought into the world for this purpose, that they might labor according to the will of Him who brought them into it; but we, as if spiritual things. I speak not only of the Apostles, but of those that followed them. You see them accordingly traversing all places, and pursuing this as their only business, living altogether as in a foreign land, as those who had no city upon earth. Hear therefore what the blessed Apostle saith,

‘For this cause left I thee in Crete.’

As if the whole world had been one house, they divided it among themselves, administering its affairs everywhere, each taking care of his several portion of it.”

(John Chrysostom, Homily on Titus 1:5-6 [emphasis mine])

Missions in Light of God’s Mission

Yesterday, I finished reading Christopher J.H. Wright’s book, Knowing Jesus Through the Old Testament. In the chapter entitled, “Jesus and his Old Testament Mission,” Wright says the following about how Jesus’ understanding of his mission should influence our own conception of missions:

Globe in Hands“So we ought to realize then that missionary commitment is not some kind of optional extra for the extra-enthusiastic. Nor was it just a new idea invented by Jesus to give his disciples something to do with the rest of their lives. Still less was it a merely modern movement of the church that coincided with colonial expansionism. Mission lies at the very heart of all God’s historical action in the Bible. Mission to his fallen, suffering, sinful human creation, and indeed ultimately to his whole creation as well. That is why he called Abraham, sent Jesus, and commissioned his apostles. For there is one servant people, one Servant King, one servant mission.” (p. 175)

He then goes on to describe what the character of missions should be in light of Jesus’ mission: Continue reading Missions in Light of God’s Mission

We Are All Witnesses

my sermon from last Sunday:

We Are All Witnesses
Acts 1:1-11

  1. What We Witness
    1. Witness = martys-> martyr
      1. Testifies to facts
      2. Offers the truth
      3. Gives an evangelistic confession
    2. Christians testify to the facts and truth of Jesus’ death and resurrection and give a confession of the salvation we have through them.
  2. Why We Witness
    1. The Resurrection is Real (1:3)
    2. God Is Working Through Us (1:1, 8)
    3. The Gospel Is Our Only Hope for Change (1:6-8)
    4. Time Is Short (1:11)
  3. Where We Witness
    1. Jerusalem
    2. Judea and Samaria
    3. The End of the Earth
  4. How We Witness
    1. Through the Empowerment of the Holy Spirit
    2. Each According to His Gifts and Calling
    3. Both Individually and as a Church