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Missions Book Review: The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs

1581347154“I’m interested in missions. How do I get started? Should I sign up for a trip? Where should I go? How much will it cost?” Over the years, I’ve been asked dozens of times how to begin investigating missions. One way I answer is by urging people to read good books and to act on what they are learning. Today, I hope to make a case for why anyone interested in missions should read The Heart of Evangelism by Jerram Barrs.

Most Christians that fly off on short-term missions trips or become long term missionaries will tell you they are motivated in one of two directions. Their answers to the question “Why are you going?” may be nuanced, but they boil down to these categories:

  • I want to share the love of Christ to win the lost.
  • I hope to relieve suffering.

Obedience to the great commission generally falls into the first category—sharing the love of Christ. Helping rescue abandoned babies from trash heaps generally falls into the second. This part isn’t rocket science. Unfortunately, doing missions well also isn’t as simple as it sounds.

Saturday Mission Spotlight: Overview

KONICA MINOLTA DIGITAL CAMERAThis is the first installment of a new ESI feature—Saturday Missions Spotlight (SMS).

My goal is to shine a light on all God is doing through The Crossing’s missions and ministry partnerships—locally and around the world—including short-term teams. May we praise God for His great work of bringing people to Christ.

  • Hopefully, all of us will be stimulated to pray for those laboring to share Christ’s love.
  • Some of us may be led to join their support teams giving of our treasure toward God’s work.
  • Others may give of our time by writing an email to encourage their work.
  • Still others may be led to give of our talents by getting more personally involved in missions.