One of the things I’ve done is to take a seminary-level study of the book of Acts taught by Trinity Evangelical Divinity School professor John Nyquist. This “bible study” came complete with
- 382 pages of textbook reading
- 28 chapters of Acts reading
- a summary book chart of Acts giving titles to each chapter and paragraph
- a 10 page paper
All this in 5 days of class( plus one day of writing the paper)! It was great. It was rewarding. It was refreshing. It was revitalizing.
The Holy Spirit reminded me of four major themes in the lives of the disciples and the early church:
- Engaged in evangelism
- Empowered by the Holy Spirit
- Prayerfully dependent on Christ
- Unafraid of persecution and sacrificial suffering
I wrote a paper to help me process my thoughts. You are welcome to read it if you want. It is in Adobe Acrobat format, so if you do not have Acrobat Reader, you can click here. It is free!
My paper is Acts-The Missionary Roadmap.
In case you can’t wait to get to the conclusion, I wrote:
What does this mean?
There seems to be a tendency to reduce the missionary enterprise to training, to strategies, to tactics, to methodologies. Acts is a reminder that at the core of the missionary enterprise is the commissioning of God to go, the empowering of the Holy Spirit for supernatural effectiveness, the communing of prayer for wisdom and direction in daily decisions, and the role of suffering in the “presentation to the nations of the sufferings of his cross in the sufferings of his people” (Piper).
Tell me what you think?