The Greatest Missionary of All Time

Andy Naselli and J. D. Crowley | April 28, 2016


Imagine what an overgrown jungle Paul’s conscience was the day he became a Christian, packed not only with all of God’s good laws but also with cultural scruples and hundreds of unnecessary rules from his life as a Pharisee. But at some point he opened the gate to Jesus and said, “It’s yours, Lord. Tell me what stays, tell me what goes, and tell me what’s missing.” Such careful cultivation of conscience allowed Paul eventually to be able to say, “I have become all things to all people so that by all possible means I might save some” (1 Cor. 9:22).

Where do you get missionaries like Paul, who have done the hard work of tending their conscience so they can navigate difficult cultural situations without exporting cultural Christianity? You grow such missionaries in the church, which is God’s laboratory for learning how to reach other cultures.

The Bible gives clear evidence that God intends the little clashes of culture in your church to prepare you for the really difficult clashes of culture in missions and evangelism. The local church is supposed to be that laboratory.

There are so many Christians in America that we have the luxury of dividing up into smaller and smaller subsets so we can…


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