With our own mission teams departed to Japan and Ecuador for the next few weeks, I thought that this recent re-publication of Dr. Mohler’s article on missions would be of some interest.
As a church that supports and sends out people to spread the gospel, we should keep in mind the purpose of missions is not so much to spread the gospel per se, but to glorify God.
Here is an excerpt: “Over the past half-century, America has seen several generational transitions. As the new millennium dawns, the Baby Boom generation is now in mid-adulthood, and some are heading toward retirement. The GI generation that built so many of the great institutions and provided leadership in our denomination and churches is now reaching advanced years, though many in this generation continue to be active participants and well-known leaders. Behind the Baby Boomers are coming “Generation X,” the “Busters,” and the “Millennials.” How will these generations mold the missionary movement of the future?
This generation demonstrates a readiness to take on new challenges and to go where no previous generation has yet taken the gospel. They have been born into a culturally diverse world, and they are gifted with skills in intercultural communication. They are impatient with the cultural isolationism of previous generations. They see no political boundaries to the Gospel. They are ready to cross political borders and see no limitations on the Great Commission. Where previous generations wanted to support missions, this generation is determined to do missions. Incubated in an experience-driven culture, these young Christians are not interested in missions by proxy.”
You can read the entire article here: http://www.albertmohler.com/blog_read.php?id=4158