The church is missionary by nature because God has sent it on a mission in the world under the leading of the Holy Spirit. It is to bear witness to God's redemptive reign. Just as God is a missionary God, so the church is to be a missionary church.
I feel truer to myself?more of a missionary than a politician.1995 On the Carter Library as a centre for the study of international issues. In Life, Nov.
American statesmen might like some Europeans more than others and even detect quaint resemblances to their own outlook; but they no more committed themselves to a particular group or country than a nineteenth-century missionary committed himself to the African tribe in which he happened to find himself.a. j. p. taylor
Lying at the meeting-place of the sea routes leading to Syria, Asia Minor, and Greece, Cyprus seemed the inevitable first stage of a missionary venture.The book St. Paul’s Journeys in the Greek Orient, WOL, “They Sailed Away to Cyprus”
It's possible to be a missionary without ever leaving your zip code.Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer (p. 2)
Missional means actually doing mission right where you are. Missional means adopting the posture of a missionary , learning and adapting to the culture around you while remaining biblically sound.Planting Missional Churches by Ed Stetzer (p. 19)
Our mission has not life of its own: only in the hands of the sending God can it truly be called mission. Not least since the missionary initiative comes from God alone.Transforming Mission by David J. Bosch (p. 390)
The Church is by nature missionary to the extent that, if it ceases to be missionary, it has not just failed in one of its tasks, it has ceased being Church.What is Mission?: Theological Explorations by J. Andrew Kirk, 2000, p. 30.
The supreme need of the world today is for a true conception and a deeper knowledge of God. The Hindu mother tosses her baby to the crocodiles, the devout pilgrim mutilates his body, the pious monk retires to the wilderness, the martial Moslem massacres the unbelieving, the consecrated missionary lays down his life for his enemy all of these deeds are founded on varying conceptions of God.p.15 (Something More, A Consideration of the Vast, Undeveloped Resources of Life (1920))
Solid, lasting missionary work is done on our knees.Source: Geraldine Taylor. Behind the Ranges: The Life-changing Story of J.O. Fraser. Singapore: OMF International (IHQ) Ltd., 1998, 52.
Are there no Moravians in the Moon, that not a missionary has yet visited this poor pagan planet of ours, to civilise civilisation and christianise Christendom?Herman Melville, in White-Jacket (1850), Chapter 64; this has often been quoted with modernized American spelling, rendering it "to civilize civilization and christianize Christendom?".
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