Missiology (Missions)

DEFINITION

Missiology is the area of practical theology that investigates the mandate, message, and work of the Christian missionary.[1] A Christian missionary can be defined as "one who is sent to witness across cultures."2 Missiology is a multi-disciplinary and cross-cultural reflection on all aspects of the propagation of the Christian faith, embracing theology, anthropology, history, geography, theories and methods of communication, comparative religion, Christian apologetics, methodology, and interdenominational relations. "Inherent in the discipline is the study of the nature of God, the created world, and the Church, as well as the interaction among these three."3

MY EXPERIENCE WITH MISSIONS

I have always had a fascination and interest in other cultures and when I became a Christian, I developed a love and burden for the people of other cultures. I have a degree in Missions and worked as a full-time missionary for some time. If I had the means, I would love to go to another culture (or travel around) and minister to people in other countries who are thirsty to hear the Gospel. Here in the U.S. most everyone has heard the Gospel and most people here choose to reject it for their own selfish desires and worldliness. Much of the world has never even heard the Gospel and God has already prepared their hearts for people to go and "plant the seed" of the Word of God in their hearts.

GO!

"Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you." (Matthew 28:19).

I encourage everyone reading this to at least go on a short-term mission trip somewhere because it is usually a life-changing experience. It's good to go and help people with their physical needs but the most important aspect of a mission trip is helping people with their spiritual needs, for that is eternal. Most of the world is going to hell (Mathew 7:14) and you may be the only person that ever speaks to them about Jesus Christ.

FOOTNOTES:

1. Dictionary.com S.v. "Missiology"
2. Thomas Hale 'On Being a Missionary' 2003, William Carey Library Pub, ISBN 0878082557
3. Morreau, A. S. "Missiology." Evangelical Dictionary of Theology. Ed. Walter A. Elwell. 2nd ed. Grand Rapids, MI: Baker Academic, 2001. 780-83. Print.


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