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 10: The faith spreads more quickly in environments when ideas can spread rapidly using advances in roads, sea travel, air travel, common language, and internet technologies.
Sometimes huge advances in the church correspond with strong leaders like John Wesley or new methods like the establishment of missionary societies. However, it is also no coincidence that major missionary expansion in history also corresponded to the development of Roman roads and the widespread use of Greek in first and second centuries, the printing press and advances in sea travel in the fifteenth century (corresponding with the Reformation), railway travel in the nineteenth century, radio and TV in the twentieth century, and finally the internet in the last two decades.
Transportation and communication technologies have been a huge force of good (and evil e.g. pornography slavery, and sex trafficking). Let’s continue to use these tools for the expansion of the kingdom and God’s glory!
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