What Global Terrorism Means for a Sending Church

Zach Bradley | June 20, 2017

Local churches need to talk about global terrorism. Not every sermon has to feel like John Piper’s “Doing Mission When Dying Is Gain” or David Platt’s “Divine Sovereignty: The Fuel of Death-Defying Missions,” but some of these horrific events should be intentionally acknowledged.

Songs and prayers that lament the brokenness of our world instruct the body of Christ, give it ways to express grief and longing, and allow it to join God as he uses even tragedy for his glory. 

Church leaders shouldn’t hesitate to connect the dots between global terrorism and global missions for their people: going is “not all romance and radical adventure.” Leaning hard into Jesus’s teaching that people will kill you thinking they are serving God (John 16:2) is not only relevant, it’s also compelling. That is, it compels people who, according 2 Corinthians 5:11–15, are so captured by the love of Christ that they want to persuade others.

How is it that the church is actually emboldened in the face of threat? A shaken church in Acts 4:23–31 seems to show us how it’s supposed to be. Sweep danger and risk under the rug, and people will hide there. Talk about it openly and people will be strangely eager to…

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