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Reaching and Teaching: A Call to Great Commission Obedience
Moody Publishers / 2010 / Paperback
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Has emphasis on evangelism overshadowed solid teaching and discipling in the international mission field? Surveying recent missiological trends, strategies, and methodologies, Sills shows how evangelism and church planting balanced with theological education, pastoral preparation, leadership training, and in-depth discipleship overcome syncretism and better fulfill Christ's Great Commission.
All Christians understand that Christ has commanded us to reach the lost around the world. Yet, Christ's command is broader and deeper than simply reaching them. He has called His church to make disciples of all people groups and to teach them to observe all He commanded us. Reaching and Teaching examines this task and emphasizes the need for a thorough and balanced missiology that is obedient to it.
While evangelism and church planting are essential components of a biblical missions program, they are merely the first wave of the task to which we have been called. Reaching and Teaching surveys contemporary missions methodologies and advocates a return to the biblical task of reaching and teaching the nations for Christ's sake. Outlining issues essential to establishing a ministry that results in discipled and trained national believers, Sills provides examples of what is left in the wake of reaching and leaving too quickly.
Whether you are a seasoned missionary, student, or newly curious about missions, Reaching and Teaching will reveal ways you can be more faithful to what Christ has called and equipped you to do.
M. DAVID SILLS (Belhaven College; New Orleans Baptist Theological Seminary; Reformed Theological Seminary) is a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined Southern Seminary after serving as a missionary in Ecuador. Dr. Sills is the author of The Missionary Call and two books on the Highland Quichua: Quichuas de la Sierra and Capacitacion Pastoral En La Cultura Quichua. David and his wife, Mary, have two grown children.
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