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This Is What Prayer for Missions Looks Like

Nate Saint’s prayer for the Aucas (a savage people for whose conversion to Christianity he would ultimately sacrifice his life) is the finest missions prayer I’ve heard or read. I love its doxology, its soteriology, and its eschatology. Glorious. Just about unimprovable, when you consider how his life backed it up. Pray like this:

‎”May the praise be His, and may it be that some Auca, clothed in the righteousness of Jesus Christ, will be with us as we lift our voices in praise before His throne. Amen.” (Nate Saint, as recorded in Through Gates of Splendor)

Such a desire for God’s glory to abound through the conversion of the lost around the world—and their participation with us around the throne—is the heart behind the missions hymn For the Sake of His Name. Grace.

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4000 Gospel Meditations for Missions

In the last two months ChurchWorksMedia.com has received orders for over 4000 copies of our latest devotional book, Gospel Meditations for Missions. We’re especially excited to see churches, schools, and missionaries using it as an affordable and challenging resource for missions conferences. Who knows what fruit will result from Christians studying the Bible with an eye toward world evangelization?! I encourage you to put a copy of the book into the hands of every member of your church. And as you distribute and read it, pray for laborers!

You can read more about it here and order it here. Grace!

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THABITI ANYABWILE (Senior Pastor of First Baptist Church of Grand Cayman, keynote speaker at Together for the Gospel, and author of The Decline of African American Theology and other books)

“Can we do missions without meditating on the gospel?  Of course not.  And yet, how many well-meaning, mission-minded saints go off into the harvest having failed to prepare their own hearts with due consideration of the Good News?  Too many I fear. Gospel Meditations for Missions helps us slow down to consider what is of first importance that we might hold this treasure more fully in our clay hearts.  I joyfully commend it.”

Jeff Anderson, Scripture, and 10,000 African Pastors

My brother Jeff Anderson has been traveling to the mission field to train pastors for years—in Uganda, India, Russia, Albania, Egypt, Thailand, and the Philippines. His influence for the gospel has exploded in recent years. Last year in Uganda he was able to minister to almost 10,000 African pastors, all of whom heard Bible teaching for several days and were sent home with a copy of The MacArthur Study Bible and Jim Berg’s Changed Into His Image thanks to generous donations from individuals, churches, and publishers. The math of such a conference is astounding. Imagine 10,000 men being trained to preach Christ from the Scriptures, then returning home to do so. It’s astounding.

In 2011, Jeff and the mission he leads, International Bible Conferences, plan to reach 30,000 pastors in 5 African nations. The conference expenses are only $15 per person, and another $15 will provide a pastor with a MacArthur Study Bible. The $450,000 for the Bibles is needed right away. The need is great, as is the opportunity. To break it down a bit, I think you’d be hard pressed to find a better way to invest $15, or $150, or $1500, or $15,000. You can contact Jeff if you or your church would like to participate in this ministry, and you can give online here. If you Facebook, tweet, or blog, please make a link to this post to help get the word out.

The following two videos give a visual picture of what the Lord is doing. It’s a joy to see men given and taught the Word, the only thing that can bring save sinners and mature saints (2 Tim 3:14-17). Rejoice with me, and consider participating for the sake of Christ’s name.

Dad, Jeff, Dan, and World Evangelization

I’m rejoicing today in the Lord’s use of my brothers and father in the work of world evangelization. I’m overwhelmed at what these godly men are doing around the world, even this moment:

  • My Dad, Pastor Chuck Anderson, after leading in 4 church plants in Colorado—all of which are preaching the gospel today—is now heading up an international outreach ministry called Discovery News. Among his other endeavors, Dad is publishing an illustrated gospel paper entitled Good News for a Bad News World by the tens of thousands in various languages, including Hindi, Russian, Spanish, and Portuguese.
  • My brother, Pastor Jeff Anderson, has been used of the Lord on short-term mission trips for years. But what he’s doing this week is incredible. Jeff, my Dad, and others are in Uganda, East Africa, where they are teaching at a pastor’s conference to 10,000(!) African pastors. In addition to modeling expository preaching and showing the men what gospel-centered ministry looks life, Jeff was able to secure a copy of The MacArthur Study Bible for each of the attendees, as well as thousands of copies of Jim Berg’s Changed into His Image, donated by Bob Jones University Press. Think of the opportunity to influence 10,000 national pastors and the people they serve! What grace! Please pray for the Lord to work in an unmistakable way!
  • My brother, Pastor Dan Anderson, has been a church planter in Brazil for the last 12 years. The Lord has blessed his ministry: several churches have been planted, Brazilians have come to Christ, and nationals have been trained as the future leaders of the churches. This weekend marked a new phase of ministry for Dan, however. Saturday night Dan was installed as the Executive 
    Director for Brazil Gospel Fellowship Mission, so his new ministry will be to lead, recruit, and represent missionaries, multiplying his own ministry for the sake of the gospel. Pray for the Lord’s enablement and blessing as Dan transitions into this new ministry.

Add to that the service of my wife’s parents, who retired early in order to go as missionaries to the 10/40 Window (with her brother) and then to Great Britain. I praise the Lord for the way he’s using my extended family. It’s all grace. And it’s very convicting. What am I doing for world evangelization? What are you?

Please Replace Your Copy of “For the Sake of His Name”

I mentioned last week that our writing of For the Sake of His Name for the 10th Anniversary of the SGI Conference was a rush job. Alas, the pieces we put out (to some 750 people at 2 different conferences!) had a typo. (An early edition had “lifeless eyes,” but I changed it to “darkened eyes” in order to include “life” in the next line.) I’ve heard of several churches who plan to use the hymn for mission conferences, so before it spreads any further, I decided to replace it with new pdf files. It’s a small thing, but it matters to me. :) We’re also providing 2 different full-page options: one that has smaller text in order to get the whole hymn on 1 page, and one with larger text, requiring 2 pages. Take your pick.

All that to say, if you have an old copy of For the Sake of His Name (and if you have a copy, it’s old), please discard it and replace it with the files below. Please help spread the word.

For the Sake of His Name (Text by Chris Anderson; Tune by Greg Habegger)

Full (1 pg, 2 pg) / Half Page / Text / Notes & Discussion / MP3 (live)

While Your Collegians Are Home for Thanksgiving…

…encourage them to register for the Student Global Impact Conference in Detroit on January 4-6, 2010. For one thing, they can still get the discounted rate (only $40) if they register before December 1. More importantly (and I speak from experience), there post-Christmas schedules will fill quickly if they don’t plan to go now.

Pastors, parents, and friends, a nudge from you encouraging young people to consider their roles in world evangelization may be just what the Lord will use to get them thinking about investing rather than wasting their lives. Prayerfully send a link, or volunteer to drive a group from your church, or pay some registration fees, but help the good people at Inter-City Baptist Church and the cause of missions by promoting this conference in your sphere of influence!

Information can be obtained at the Missions Mandate site or at info@missionsmandate.org.

“For the sake of His name!”

Presumptuous Praise

EarthI love to sing with the Lord’s people.

I love to sing about the scene recorded in Revelation 7, when people “from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” will lift their united song of praise to God and the Lamb. We sing of it often in Edward Perronet’s All Hail the Power of Jesus’ Name:

“Let every kindred, every tribe
On this terrestrial ball,
To Him all majesty ascribe,
And crown Him Lord of all!”

I wrote with a similar expectancy in Come Quickly, Lord:

“We want to hear the joyous cries
And join the ransomed throng:
“The Lamb is worthy!” praise will rise
From ev’ry tribe and tongue!”

I also love to sing hymns in which we pray for the Lord to spread the Gospel. My favorite by far is Isaac Watts’ How Sweet and Awesome Is the Place, which ends with these two stanzas:

“Pity the nations, O our God!
Constrain the earth to come;
Send Thy victorious Word abroad,
And bring the strangers home.

We long to see Thy churches full,
That all the chosen race
May with one voice, and heart and soul,
Sing Thy redeeming grace.”

That’s all great stuff. Amen!

While we were singing these words this past Sunday, however, it occurred to me that to sing songs praying for and rejoicing in the salvation of people from all over the world without a commitment to the cause of world evangelization is gross hypocrisy. The Lord certainly will “send His victorious Word abroad.” However, He has chosen to do so through His church—it will not be sent abroad apart from our obedience. Hudson Taylor warned against such a disconnect between worship and evangelistic neglect when he spoke to the Perth Conference in 1865 of the needs of China:

“Before the next Perth Conference twelve millions more, in China, will have passed forever beyond our reach. What are we doing to bring them the tidings of Redeeming Love ? It is no use singing as we often do ‘Waft, waft ye winds the story.’ The winds will never waft the story; but they may waft us. “

Shall we stop using these wonderful texts? Of course not. Long for the day when we will sing alongside people from around the globe the praises of our Savior. Pray that the Word of the Lord will turn rebels to worshipers by His grace. But do more. Participate in the goal for which you long. Add to your enthusiasm obedience to the Great Commission, whatever that obedience may entail for you. Seriously, when is the last time that you honestly considered what the Lord would have you to do for the sake of His name?

Let’s be careful that our supposed praise isn’t just presumption.

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For further consideration on your involvement in world evangelization…