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Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - about 1 month

Reframing the Gospel for the Nations in our Neighborhoods Part 3

When there was no more wine to supply to the guests at a wedding they were attending, Mary approached Jesus and subtly told Him to do something to help a family she cared about. The cultural operating system that was at the base of their interaction is very similar to those that our new neighbors from around the world navigate by, which is why I believe John 2:1-11 provides some amazing on-ramps for sharin...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 2 months

Reframing the Gospel for the Nations That are Now in Our Neighborhoods Part 2

Is it possible that the first miraculous sign Jesus did, turning water into wine, might actually provide some easy access points to Gospel truths for our neighbors that come from other nations?  I believe so. But before I lay out my reasons for why I've come to that conclusion, here are a few obvious and logical questions that I believe naturally spring forth from what is recorded in John 2:1-...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 3 months

Reframing the Gospel for the Nations That Are Now in Our Neighborhoods Part 1

By God's permission and design, people from around the world now live in my community and have become a part of my day to day and week to week sphere of life. I regularly interact with a Sikh gentleman from Punjab state, India, a hard working cultural Muslim man from Iran and various culturally Muslim men from Bangladesh. My guess is that at least 60% of the people living within a mile of my house are...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 4 months

Local Church Involvement with Global Missions: Is It Just a Slice of the Ministry Pie?

"Is there one key conviction or one fundamental ingredient that local churches who send well have in common?" Due to the scope of the ministry the Lord has bestowed on me and the number of relationships I have with leaders of local churches and many of the missionaries from those churches, I've been asked that question in one form or another dozens of times over the past few years. Yes, there is one ...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 5 months

Similarities Between Esther and Local Churches

Esther needed a Mordecai moment and message–and so do many local churches today. "For if you remain completely silent at this time, relief and deliverance will arise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. Yet who knows whether you have come to the kingdom for such a time as this?" (Esther 4:14). In the first two posts in this series, I laid out the reas...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 7 months

Missionaries and the Wise Men from the East: Similarities That Can Bring Encouragement

"Now after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea in the days of Herod the king, behold, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, saying, 'where is He who has been born King of the Jews? For we have seen His star in the East and have come to worship Him.' When Herod the king heard this, he was troubled, and all Jerusalem with him" (Matthew 2:1-3). There are four facts recorded in this Christmas-connected inc...

Great Commission / by Jeff Jackson - 8 months

Declaring His Glory Among the Nations: How Are We Doing? Part 1

According to Acts 1:3, from resurrection Sunday until He ascended to heaven, Jesus spent a total of 40 days with the apostles and disciples. Although He probably discussed a myriad of subjects with them during that time, the written record of His post-resurrection conversations in the Gospels and the first few verses of the book of Acts are minimal yet powerfully focused. That focus was God’s love for all p...