Monday, February 6, 2012

How I Read It: Revolution in World Missions

A few thoughts and points from Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan.

Quotable I: "I found that believers are ready to get involved in almost any activity that looks spiritual but allows them to escape their responsibility to the Gospel." (p 47)  Ouch.  Read that again, it convicts me for sure.

What I Liked: There was a clear call to prioritize the gospel over everything else.  While KP Yohannan was writing to call people to support the work of missionaries spreading the gospel overseas, I was definitely left challenged in my life on this side of the sea.  I often put someone's physical needs before their spiritual need.  I can care for someone without even asking about their spiritual condition.  KP makes the point that this isn't caring at all.  If we don't pursue and engage people's spiritual needs over the physical, then what are we wasting our time for?  (See the next quote.)

Quotable II: "A convenient theology of mission developed that today sometimes equates social and political action with evangelism." (p 80)

What I Didn't Like:  This is mostly minor, but the cover of the book and it's promotional wording led me to believe that it was going to focus more on how I could be better at evangelism.  In actuality, the book is a call to support national missionaries and change your life to help the Gospel spread overseas.  That's a great calling as well, but I wish that the cover had properly conveyed the subject of the book.  (I should have known... 'Don't judge a book by it's cover!')

What I Didn't Like II: I felt that this needed to be mentioned:  Early in the book there's a story of a native missionary who, due to a lack of money and a desire to appear without faults to the local people, was letting his family go hungry, children included.  I really don't think it's Biblical to let your family starve because of ministry. First Timothy 5:8 is pretty clear on that: But if anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever. (ESV)

2012 Personal Impact Ranking:
1. Revolution in World Missions by KP Yohannan*

*I own this book and you're welcome to borrow it.  Just ask.

Side Note: Mitch Vandiver won my Superbowl pick contest by correctly predicting the New York Giants would win the Superbowl.  So He can choose any book off of my 2012 Reading List and I'll send it to him! Nice job Mitch!

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