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Therefore, my dear brothers, stand firm. Let nothing move you. Always give yourselves fully to the work of the Lord, because you know that your labor in the Lord is not in vain (1 Corinthians 15:58).
This is one of those verses I go back to over and over again – especially when I feel overwhelmed.
Dr. William Larkin and I co-taught the course Understanding Cultures and Worldviews at CIU for many years. As his partner in the class, I was often deeply moved by redemptive concepts and ideas which he drew from Scripture to illustrate God’s working in and through culture to bring people to faith in Christ. One of those concepts he expressed was “capturing the significance” of Scripture for the culture.
Heads up on new books by CIU alum Andreas Kostenberger. What does this have to do with the mission of God? Everything. The core teachings and life modeling of Jesus are at the center of the mission of God. He IS the light to the Gentiles (Isa 49:6). He is the blessing for all peoples (Gen 12:2-3). He equipped his followers for the MoG (Matt 28:18-20). He is the “mission of God accomplished,” the Lamb of God, worshipped by all tribes (Rev 7:9). Looking forward to reading what Dr. Kostenberger has for us!