What’s The Point?

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1st Timothy 1:5 “But the goal of our instruction is love from a pure heart and a good conscience and a sincere faith.” NASB

I have the privilege of working with the School of the Bible here at YWAM. It is an 11 month long bible school, where the students not only learn to study the bible, they also learn to apply it practically in their own lives, and how to teach it to others. We have just started prepping for the next school, which starts at the end of the month.

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The Best Missions Advice I Ever Received: Be Who God Made You To Be (guest post by Tyler Hess)

(Tyler Hess blogs about practical and spiritual applications of faith at undistractedchristian and you can follow him on twitterIf you want to write a guest post for missionsmusings, here’s how.)

Two years ago my wife and I went on what might be the riskiest adventure of our lives.

We gave up a fairly comfortable, boring life, in southern California to go minister at a church in the semi-foreign island of Kauia, Hawaii.

I know, I know, it is one of the United States, but it’s a different culture than what we were used to and for the first time in my life I was a minority.

We both grew up in church and we went to Bible college together, so we have heard all kinds of stories about different pastors, missionaries and evangelists doing crazy awesome things from town to town and nation to nation.

What we hadn’t heard until right before we left is the one thing that we needed to hear, which was that we didn’t have to be what other people expected us to be, that we didn’t need to pretend that we were something else entirely.

And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers,

for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ…

Eph 4: 11-12

My wife and I aren’t exactly what you would call “extroverts”.

We’re just quiet people, who like to listen before speaking and who care about getting to know people.

When people think about being a successful missionary, they think about how many people you lead to Christ, about great stories of evangelism and miracles along the way.

They don’t think about getting to know people and encouraging believers in the faith. They don’t think about getting a job and witnessing to co-workers while earning a normal paycheck, just like at home.

The greatest bit of wisdom that I can pass along to any hopeful or present missionaries is that whoever you are at home, that is who you should be when you go out from there, whatever that may be.

Do you know who you are in Christ?

Doing the work of the Ministry (Office Martyrdom)

Acts 6:1-5a, 8 “Now at this time while the disciples were increasing in number, a complaint arose on the part of the Hellenistic Jews against the native Hebrews, because their widows were being overlooked in the daily serving of food. So the twelve summoned the congregation of the disciples and said, “It is not desirable for us to neglect the word of God in order to serve tables. “Therefore, brethren, select from among you seven men of good reputation, full of the Spirit and of wisdom, whom we may put in charge of this task. “But we will devote ourselves to prayer and to the ministry of the word.” The statement found approval with the whole congregation; and they chose Stephen, a man full of faith and of the Holy Spirit,…And Stephen, full of grace and power, was performing great wonders and signs among the
people.” NASB

I guess you could say this is in some regards a follow up to some of my thoughts on how missions work can take on many forms.  (see previous post)

Do you ever hate your job? Ever feel like you’re wasting your time, and you’d almost rather die than spend one more hour at work?  Does it seem like you’re doing “grunt work”, rather than “real ministry”?  Yep…I sometimes feel like that too. I think we all do.

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Honestly… (a grumpy missionary gets real)

I’d like to start off with a question: what do you think of when you hear the word “missionary”?  Someone in strange clothing who likes strange food?  (Yak cheese pizza is yummy, by the way.  So is fried eel.)  A fearless church planter going against the odds?  Someone comforting a dying person in the slums?  A jeans-clad, music-loving book-aholic who spends most days in a classroom in the U.S.A.?  The barista at the local Starbucks?
The answer to all of the above could be yes.  I think it is so easy to have a narrow view of what a “missionary” looks like.  So the following is an honest musing of what life looks and feels like to me, depending on the day.

Free Form Friday #3-Hello, Goodbye

Welcome to the third edition of Free Form Friday!  Can you tell I like Fridays?  😉
So here’s what is “forming” in my head today.  Thoughts of hellos and goodbyes.  (Clever connection to the title, no?)  I love what I do, working with the School of the Bible.  I get to spend the better part of every year with the same group of students-teaching them, building relationships, watching them grow, crying, laughing, and having a lot of fun along the way.

A Few Thoughts on Missions (guest post by Josh Heyward)

(Today I’m featuring the first ever guest post on missionsmusings.com, written by Josh Heyward.  You can also check out his blog or look him up on twitter.  If you want to write a guest post for missionsmusings, here’s how.)    

Missions. Many different things come to mind with this one word—a straw hut overseas, a spring break mission trip, inner city ministry, caring for the poor, etc. The fact of the matter is that the word “missions” means something different to each individual.  Some relate very well to this term being that they are totally comfortable with being in an unfamiliar environment in order to serve other people, yet others run from the idea being that they fear being called to live in that straw hut overseas.  Whatever the case, each individual’s understanding is different.  I would, however like to discuss two key elements of missions to hopefully clear the muddy waters of such a diverse and crucial idea.

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