Category Archives: Mission

love prerequisite to leading

We are to lead the people of God into the mission of God and to care for each person with the love of the tangible embrace of Christ.

We are called to offer both love for people just where they are and to call and equip them to be part of the kingdom mission of Jesus in the world around them. But to be sure, people need to experience the love of God as they are led into the mission of God. If they don’t feel loved, they will likely not let anyone lead them anywhere.

Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing Over Mountains, page 56.


making more disciple-making disciples

The definition of a disciple in modern parlance is tilted toward knowledge rather than obedience. A two-step process of evangelism and discipleship becomes the working model for most of Christianity. Instead of making disciples, we make converts and call them Christians. Jesus asked us to make disciples who would bring heaven to earth.

This intrusion of thought in the Great Commission creates an argument between the Great Commission and the Great Commandments that is foreign to Jesus’ thinking. They are seen as a both/and function of Christianity rather than in the cause/effect relationship that Jesus intended. The natural effect of disciple-making disciples is living out Jesus’ commands, great and small and making more disciple-making disciples.

Roy Moran, Spent Matches, pp. 44-45.


check your calling

Jesus didn’t call us to be communicators, He called us to be disciple-makers.

Roy Moran, Spent Matches, p. 91.


restore this world

The Father and His Son as well as the Spirit dream of a transformed world—this world we live in, not just the one to come. They want to show off the power of the Creator to renew, restore, and rebuild the world they created and that humanity has destroyed.

Roy Moran, Spent Matches, p. 33.


making christianity unbelievable

When we Christians behave badly, or fail to behave well, we are making Christianity unbelievable to the outside world.

C. S. Lewis, Mere Christianity


we need to love to lead

We are to lead the people of God into the mission of God and to care for each person with the love of the tangible embrace of Christ.

We are called to offer both love for people just where they are and to call and equip them to be part of the kingdom mission of Jesus in the world around them. But to be sure, people need to experience the love of God as they are led into the mission of God. If they don’t feel loved, they will likely not let anyone lead them anywhere.

Tod Bolsinger, Canoeing Over Mountains, page 56.


bike for sale

Our faith never grows if it is not challenged. I just went for my first bike ride of the season – very short –  and my legs were quivering and ached for days. I used to ride 10 to 20 miles a couple times a week. I barely got home having gone less than two! I have not been challenging my legs. My leg muscles have atrophied because I’ve been using them minimally, just enough to get by.

In the same way, has my faith atrophied, has it grown weak, because my circumstances are comfortable? I make plenty of money, have a good wife and home life, no financial concerns. Life is good. But is good good if the result is our faith is getting weaker?

How can I challenge my faith? How can I take it on a sprint one day, then do some long endurance training later in the week? What should I be doing to strengthen my faith regularly?

Read the Word and pray more, you say! But that is not stretching my faith. The Word is bread to my soul; it is nourishment. Prayer is talking with God, where He instructs me, encourages me. Prayer is my time with my Strength Coach! But if I eat right and have a Strength Coach, but never actually work out, I make no progress. Is that where I am spiritually? I eat well, I have a Coach, (who keeps me from totally falling off the wagon), but I don’t ever go out to give my faith a good work-out.

And what is a proper faith work-out? It’s certainly not about what I enjoy doing. What is it that God needs me to be doing to advance His Kingdom at this time? If I were the type to get a bullhorn and preach the gospel on a street corner, that would undoubtedly build my faith since I would be going out and doing something very uncomfortable for me. But I firmly believe bullhorn preaching drives many more people away from God than it attracts to Him. So, what are the activities I should be intentionally engaging in that are a stretch for me, but draw people toward Jesus? And can I even know and plan these activities in advance, or will God just give me the opportunities when I am doing whatever I am doing? But I fear just doing whatever I am doing has not made much Kingdom impact. People don’t come up to me and ask me why I’m so different. They don’t ask me about this God I know.

Jesus, please work in me so that I am where You want me to be when You want me there, and willing to do whatever it may be You prompt me to do. Regardless of how uncomfortable it may make me feel.

Paul Hypki, April 2020


god’s greatest work

Precisely when Jesus felt most abandoned by God is when God was doing his greatest work through Jesus.

Paul Hypki, spoken message Heart Attacks, 2019.

Full message: https://hypkipensees.wordpress.com/2020/04/06/heart-attacks/


history is revelation

In Israel, history was not viewed as the simple sequence of events evaluated in terms of cause and effect, but it was God in action. History is the evidence of Israel’s election – the working out of the details represented in the statement, “I will be your God and you will be my people.” History does not flow at random. It was not coincidence or human endeavor that brought Israel out of Egypt after four hundred years and led them to the promised land of Abraham. History is revelation and requires response.

Andrew Hill & John Walton, A Survey of the Old Testament, page 141.


life is not about comfort

God’s purpose is not always that our lives be easy and comfortable. We need to adopt a different world view. We tend to be self-focused, worried only about what’s in it for me. If that had been Jesus’ attitude, he would never have gone to the cross.

Paul Hypki, March 2020


persecution – stepping stones to glory

“The church is growing because of persecution,” he continues. “I have hope again and I am satisfied, not because we have arrived – we haven’t; there’s lots to learn yet – but because we are alive again and growing and equipping the saints for the work of the Kingdom. We still have to be extremely careful every day, and there are dangers, but the sense of peace each day and hope for the future make all the rest seem like stepping stones to glory.”

Christopher Summers,
People of Faith, Presence Magazine, Jan/Feb 2020, page 19.


focus moved to small groups

Pastor Jin saw his church move from a community of complacency to a community of believers on fire for Jesus, no matter what. “The whole ordeal recalibrated us all,” he says. “Our focus moved from ensuring Sunday services were well organized and ‘impressive,’ to caring for each other in small groups, in people’s homes. We began to experience a richness in fellowship that we hadn’t felt for a long time. We actually got to know each other deeply and really cared about one another, and our extended families. We prayed for each other often, relationships were restored and miracles began to happen again. The church might have been divided geographically, but in the Spirit, we were more united than ever.”

Christopher Summers,
People of Faith, Presence Magazine, Jan/Feb 2020, page 18.
(Article on the persecuted Church in China.)

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