May 23, 2017

The Missionary Call Book Review

The Missionary Call by M. David Sills

M. David Sills in his book The Missionary Call does an excellent job of helping Christians to, as he says, “discern their place in God’s plan for the world.” Dr. Sills’s book brings insight to many of the questions and struggles Christians today have about world missions. The things that made this book so enjoyable to read were its readability, its logical flow and its practicality.The author’s mission in writing The Missionary Call is to help the reader better understand the place God has called him to in regards to missions.

The first thing that stands out about Dr. Sills’s book is its readability. While he has his Ph.D and is a professor at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, Dr. Sills’s book is not highly technical or academic. Joe Martin said of The Missionary Call, “Can a book be brief and thorough? Clear and Scholarly? Simple and profound? Practical and heartwarming? This one is. It will be a great help to many.” When Dr. Sills deals with topics such as understanding God’s will or defining the missionary call, he does so without adding unnecessary commentary or information that would otherwise clutter his thoughts. This is an important aspect that I appreciated about The Missionary Call.

The second thing that I noticed about The Missionary Call was the flow of the book. Dr. Sills has done a terrific job of ordering the book in a logical fashion. He separates the book into three sections: (1) What is the Missionary Call, (2) Understanding Your Missionary Call and (3) Fulfilling the Missionary Call. In the first section Dr. Sills deals with defining the missionary call and how to know God’s will. The second section builds on the first by helping a person understand his specific missionary call. Finally, in the third section he deals with the mission field, hindrances and challenges of the field and answering the missionary call. Dr. Sills wrote the book in such a way that each section builds on the section before it giving it a clear, logical flow.

The final thing that stood out to me in the book was its practicality. Dr. Sills’s book provides the reader practical help and information in regards to missions. This includes things such as: how to prepare for missions, hindrances to getting to the field, challenges on the mission field and many others examples.  And he does not make these topics difficult but highly accessible for the readers of all ages. The Missionary Call will help readers discern God’s will for their lives regarding serving the Lord in full time missions.

The Missionary Call is one of the best books I’ve read on the topic of world missions. I would recommend Dr. Sills book to anyone who has a heart for missions, desires to be a missionary or just wants to learn more about “God’s plan for the world.” Dr. Sills’s book is a great help in understanding what part you play and where God has called you in His plan for this world.

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Book Description:
Christians of all ages recognize the heartbeat of God to take the Gospel to the nations and wrestle with the implications of the Great Commission in their own lives. The Missionary Call explores the biblical, historical, and practical aspects of discerning and fulfilling God’s call to serve as a missionary. Pointing the reader to Scripture, lessons from missionary heroes, and his own practical and academic experience, Dr. Sills guides the reader to discern the personal applications of the missionary call.

About the Author:
 M. David Sills (D.Miss. and Ph.D., Reformed Theological Seminary) is associate professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary. He joined Southern Seminary after serving as a missionary in Ecuador. While with the International Mission Board, he served as church planter and general evangelist among the Highland Quichua people in the Andes and as a seminary professor at the Ecuadorian Baptist Theological Seminary. David and his wife, Mary, have two grown children.

5 Recommended Books for Teens and Young Adults

Have you been looking for good, christian books that will encourage you as you grow in Christ? If you have, below is a list of books I would recommend everyone should read! Just click on one of the books below to view more information.

Recommended Books:
1. Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
2. Start Here by Alex and Brett Harris
3. The Pilgrims Progress by John Bunyan
4. Crown & Covenant, 3 Volume Set by Douglas Bond
5. The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study by Starr Meade
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Do Hard Things by Alex and Brett Harris
The next generation stands on the brink of a “rebelution.”

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With over 14 million hits to their website TheRebelution.com, Alex and Brett Harris are leading the charge in a growing movement of Christian young people who are rebelling against the low expectations of their culture by choosing to “do hard things” for the glory of God. [Read more…]

The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study: A Survey of the Bible (vols. 1-4 and Answer Key) by Starr Meade

Hey everyone! I had been looking around for some good Bible studies that would be good for me and came across “The Most Important Thing You’ll Ever Study.” I did get it and have really enjoyed it so far! I would recommend it as a children’s Bible study! To use the Bible study children  need to be old enough to read on their own and be able to answer simple comprehension questions. I hope this is a blessing and broadens your understanding and comprehension of the Bible as you grown in grace! Please comment below and let me know what you think and how you are using this wonderful Bible study tool!

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Using an easy-to-follow study guide format, this overview of the Bible leads students of middle or early high school age through Scripture, training them to grow in knowledge and love for God’s Word. [Read more…]

The Great Escape: 40 Faith-Building Lessons by Christine Farenhorst

What a wealth of biblical truths we can learn from the stories of people who have gone before us! The lives of both Christians and unbelievers of the past teach us through their examples. We learn from past victories and mistakes. These educational devotions are based on historical people and events, with insightful questions at the end of each. They will encourage families to talk about what God has done in their lives and in the lives of Christians of years gone by.

“As always, Christine is a remarkable storyteller, but it is the questions that make this book a must for parents. They are sappy or juvenile–and these questions are sharply honed, Be forewarned–they might leave you feeling a little exposed if you aren’t setting your children the Christian example you should!”
— Jon Dykstra, Reformed Perspective

Pages:182
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Morning and Evening: New Edition Based on the ESV Bible by Charles H. Spurgeon

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For over one hundred years, Christians have gotten up and gone to bed with Charles Spurgeon’s devotional Morning and Evening as a companion. With a reading to begin and end each day throughout the year, you will come to appreciate Spurgeon’s emphasis on the importance of abiding in Christ and meditating on God’s Word. His wisdom and counsel provide a timeless guide through the trials and triumphs of the year. The richness of his biblical understanding offers readers a look into the heart of one of England’s foremost pastors and enduring Christian authors.

His lasting message is even more accessible with Alistair Begg’s careful modernizing of Spurgeon’s English. Begg, who has a deep love for Spurgeon’s preaching and especially for this work, has maintained Spurgeon’s clear passion and commitment to Christ. Using the English Standard Version as the scriptural text provides an accurate, understandable accompaniment to Spurgeon’s lessons.

This updated version of Morning and Evening is a timely and much-needed encouragement for today’s Christian.

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