Missionary God. Missionary Bible.

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TODAY’S READING: Revelation 19–22 A stunning missionary Bible climaxes with our Missionary God returning to rule and reign with great power and glory over all the nations for all of time. When King Jesus comes back, He will be awe-inspiring and terrifying. He comes to judge and make war. His eyes will be fire and…

TODAY’S READING: Revelation 12–18 The Bible’s final book cannot stop repeating the grand theme of all Scripture, the very sum of history, the passionate heart of God. To fixate on plagues and pestilences is to miss the point. The attention of heaven is on God’s determined plan to glorify Himself through the praise of every…

TODAY’S READING: Revelation 6–11 The middle chapters of Revelation detail 21 plagues described in three sets: Seven seals, seven trumpets, and seven bowls. The plagues and judgments are terrible and awesome, and they serve to remind the reader and the world that the age of the cross (where Christ and His Christians turn the other…

TODAY’S READING: Revelation 1–5 Four broad schools of interpretation have influenced how we understand Revelation. “Preterists” apply the book to John’s lifetime and the persecution of Domitian. “Historicists” view the book as describing the events from the ascension of Christ to His return. “Futurists” think the book refers mainly to the end times and the…

TODAY’S READING: 2 & 3 John Missions is centered in a robust Christology. John wrote his second epistle to a lady leading a house church, likely in Asia Minor, and his third to Gaius, most probably a member or leader in another church in Asia Minor. To the lady, John bluntly said that those who…

TODAY’S READING: 1 John It is noteworthy that by and large the apostles were martyred outside of Jerusalem and Israel. John, son of Zebedee, was perhaps the only sent one not martyred, though he too died outside of Israel. He wrote 1 John to Christians in Asia Minor around 85 A.D. just before he was…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Peter, Jude It is likely Jude, the half-brother of Jesus, wrote this epistle at the same time as 2 Peter due to the common language shared in Jude verses 4–9 and 2 Peter 2:1–3:3. We’re not sure who borrowed from whom, but it’s clear the message is common. Jude wrote to Christians…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Timothy Second Timothy is considered Paul’s last epistle before his death in Rome. Writing around 67 A.D., Paul encouraged Timothy to be a faithful missionary pastor, enduring in the face of opposition from false teachers. Timothy was also encouraged to carry on gospel ministry and to train up others who will carry…

TODAY’S READING: Hebrews 11–13 The Bible repeatedly asks two great faith resolutions from us: first, that we will trust Jesus to save us through His grace and not by our works, and second, that we will trust Jesus to save men and women from every tribe, tongue, people, and nation in the very same way…

TODAY’S READING: Hebrews 7–10 The power of an endless life (7:16). It’s amazing what you will do if you are not afraid of dying and what you will not do if you keep your eyes on the prize of eternal life. Missions only makes sense to those who believe that living forever is real and…

TODAY’S READING: Hebrews 1–6 Hebrews was certainly written in the second half of the first century as we have a letter by Clement that quotes it extensively to the church in Corinth around 95 A.D. Hebrews itself quotes extensively from the Old Testament, uses Jewish methods of interpretation common in the synagogues of the day,…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Peter Peter wrote to Gentile Christians in present day central and western Turkey, including the provinces that today border Armenia, Syria, and Lebanon (Pontus and Cappadocia). He likely wrote around 64 A.D., right about the time Nero began to escalate his persecution of Christians.  Peter opened the book by calling himself a…

TODAY’S READING: Titus Titus was an uncircumcised Greek whom Paul left in Crete to oversee the work of church planting on that island. Titus ed Paul relate to the Corinthian church and through this letter was being tasked with two essential missionary activities post the initial indigenous church being established: the appointing of elders and…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Timothy First and 2 Timothy and Titus are addressed to pastors, not churches like the rest of the epistles. Timothy was half Greek, half Jewish, and was led to Jesus by Paul in Lystra (present day Turkey) on his first missionary journey. Timothy then joined Paul and Silas on the second missionary…

TODAY’S READING: Philippians Paul wrote Philippians from prison, most likely in Rome, between 61–63 A.D. Philippians is a deeply personal letter showing how much Paul loved Jesus, the people, and the church. If we are to be biblical missionaries, we must share these same sacred loves. Love Jesus. We know well that Paul’s stated ambition…

TODAY’S READING: Ephesians Ephesians has many of the same concepts as Colossians. It’s likely Paul wrote the letters at the same time and thought the Ephesian church needed to hear some of the same truth as the Colossians. Paul briefly visited Ephesus on his first missionary journey and spent two years there on his third….

TODAY’S READING: Colossians; Philemon Paul most likely wrote the letters to Philemon and the Colossians from Rome around 62 A.D. Many of the people mentioned in Philemon are also mentioned in Colossians.[1] Paul led runaway slave Onesimus to faith while in chains (Philemon 1:10) and appealed to his missionary colleagues to receive Onesimus back as…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 27–28 Rich Mullins wrote a song titled “Elijah” with these great lyrics: “Well, if they dressed me like a pauper or if they dined me like a prince, if they lay me with my fathers or if my ashes scatter on the wind, I don’t care. But when I leave I want…

Today’s Reading: Acts 24–26 People thought Paul a plague and a causer of dissension (Acts 24:5) because he steadfastly urged the people of God that the priority of God was on the lost, on the regions beyond. Paul countered that he only believed all things written in the Law and the Prophets (v. 14), his…

TODAY’S READING: Acts 20–23 Trouble in missions does not automatically mean that we have done something wrong. The biblical default seems to be the other way around—we are actually not doing anything right unless things go wrong! Paul was repeatedly warned that trouble was in the forecast, but he already knew this as the Holy…

TODAY’S READING: Romans 14–16 Paul presented the law of love in the missionary context of all the Gentiles being saved and glorifying God (Rom. 14:14–23; 15:9). What we eat or don’t eat, what we celebrate or don’t celebrate, what we wear or don’t wear is directly tied to the glory of God among all peoples. …

TODAY’S READING: Romans 11–13 Let us not forget the missionary purpose of living sacrificial lives and being unconformed to this world, transformed by renewed minds. The purpose is that both Jew and Gentile might be saved. This goal—all people groups, the fullness of the Gentiles—is the “good and perfect and acceptable will of God” (Rom….

TODAY’S READING: Romans 8–10 Commenting on the groaning recorded in Romans 8:18–27, G. D. Watson writes: “It is as if God inspired the whole material world, and all the animals and fishes and birds and the human bodies and souls, with one gigantic longing and prayer for the coming of Jesus, and the fulfilment of…

TODAY’S READING: Romans 4–7 Whenever Abraham is mentioned as father, it is in reference to God promising him that he would be the father of many nations, that in his seed all the nations of the earth will be blessed. When David is referenced, it is in view of his seed being the Messiah (God…

TODAY’S READING: Romans 1–3 Paul wrote his epistle to the Romans from Corinth at the end of his third missionary journey around 56 A.D. Perhaps all the messed-up theology of the Corinthians ed Paul to concisely and precisely unpack the gospel in this theological gem. Encountering bad thinking gives us opportunity to clarify and articulate…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Corinthians 10–13 Remembering that 2 Corinthians is a missionary letter, written by a missionary to an ornery church he planted among an unreached people, there are some definite missionary lessons to be drawn from this passage. Spiritual warfare is primarily about fighting for unreached peoples to be saved. The individualized West excels…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Corinthians 5–9 The Spirit is a guarantee of our heavenly home for which we earnestly groan. Missions is the earthly growl of longing for that day when we all get to heaven—all meaning representatives of every tribe, tongue, people, and nation. According to Paul, missionary living, Christian living is always focused on…

TODAY’S READING: 2 Corinthians 1–4 Most missionary work is painful. At least in the short term. Paul planted a church in Corinth that descended into debauchery and division. Strong letters and confrontational visits followed, leading some scholars to think 2 Corinthians is a compilation of several shorter letters as the tone shifts from a warm…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Corinthians 15–16 Paul wrote to the Gentile Greek Christians in Corinth, “I am not worthy to be a missionary, but by the grace of God I am what I am, laboring by God’s grace so that the gospel is preached among the nations” (see 1 Cor. 15:9–11). Corinthians is a missionary letter…

TODAY’S READING: 1 Corinthians 12–14 The people of God have consistently taken their eyes from the high goal of the mission of God for a more comfortable parochial application. We love the references in 1 Corinthians 12 to differences and diversity when we can apply them at the local level to the different members of…

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