eleven essential elements of the missionary endeavor

Posted: March 15, 2012 by doulos tou Theou in Christianity, The Christian Life

William Carey (17 August 1761 – 9 June 1834) is known as “the father of modern missions.” A strong Calvinist, he relied on a deep knowledge of God’s Sovereignty, and reached out to a world that was in desperate need of the Gospel of Christ. Carey’s impact on the world was remarkable and today he has at least seven colleges named after him. His most famous quote – “Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.”

Here are what he considered to be eleven essential elements of the missionary endeavor:

1. Set an infinite value on immortal souls.

2. Gain all the information you can about “the snares and delusions in which these heathens are held.”

3. Abstain from all English manners which might increase prejudice against the gospel.

4. Watch for all opportunities for doing good, even when you are tired and hot.

5. Make Christ crucified the great subject of your preaching.

6. Earn the people’s confidence by your friendship.

7. Build up the souls that are gathered.

8. Turn the work over to “the native brethren” as soon as possible.

9. Work with all your might to translate the Bible into their languages. Build schools to this end.

10. Stay alert in prayer, wrestling with God until he “famish these idols and cause the heathen to experience the blessedness that is in Christ.”

11. Give yourself totally to this glorious cause. Surrender your time, gifts, strength, families, the very clothes you wear.

Listed in Christian History, Issue 36, page 34.

HT: Ray Ortlund


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