I recently taught a mission’s class and summarized what I think are ten lessons that we can learn from mission’s history. I’ll briefly list and explain them.
Lesson 9: Christians have increased their influence through service.
This lesson is really an advertisement for one of my favorite books of the last few years: The Rise of Christianity: How the Obscure, Marginal Jesus Movement Became the Dominant Religious Force in the Western World in a Few Centuries Paperback – May 9, 1997 by
This book shows how in the first four centuries after the life of Christ, the Christian movement grew to reach nearly half of the known world through day to day practical and sacrificial service in their local communities. It’s great to have a strategy to reach the world, but the world is reached through serving one person at a time.
Jesus teaches that the way to have high impact is through serving: But He said to them, “The kings of the Gentiles dominate them, and those who have authority over them are called ‘Benefactors. ’ But it must not be like that among you. On the contrary, whoever is greatest among you must become like the youngest, and whoever leads, like the one serving. (Luke 22:25-26 HCSBFree)
I’ll post the other lessons soon.
Let me know if you have a correction or comment!