Missionswerke ohne Mission?

Warum streichen viele Missionswerke das Wort “Mission” aus ihrem Namen?

Das Nachrichtenmagazin IDEA berichtete am 10. April 2015 über einen interessanten Trend, den wir schon seit ein paar Jahren beobachten:

“In den letzten zehn Jahren ist im deutschsprachigen Raum Merkwürdiges geschehen. Traditionelle evangelikale Werke änderten ihren Namen:  Machte er bisher eindeutig klar, was eine Organisation wollte, muss er heute oft erklärt werden.”

Detlef Blöcher von der “DMG” meinte dazu gegenüber Idea:  “Mission ist …zu einem Unwort geworden. Es hat eine schlechte Presse.”

Ist dieser neue Trend in der Namensgebung bei vielen Werken nur eine Modeerscheinung? Geht es nur um einen attraktiveren Begriff? Was unterscheidet solche Organisationsbezeichnungen dann noch von denen irgendwelcher weltlichen Hilfswerke, wenn mit dem Begriff “Mission” meist jeder Bezug zur christlichen Zielsetzung der Organisation aus dem Namen verschwindet?

Missionswerle_alt-neu_v02Ihr seid das Licht der Welt…  Man zündet auch nicht eine Lampe an und stellt sie unter den Scheffel, sondern auf den Lampenständer, und sie leuchtet allen, die im Haus sind.  Ebenso lasst euer Licht leuchten vor den Menschen, damit sie eure guten Werke sehen und euren Vater, der in den Himmeln ist, verherrlichen.

Mt 5:14-16

Denn wer irgend sich meiner und meiner Worte schämt, dessen wird sich der Sohn des Menschen schämen, wenn er kommt in seiner Herrlichkeit und der des Vaters und der heiligen Engel.

Lk 9:26

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Siehe auch weitere Artikel zum Thema Mission und Evangelisation HIER.

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (6 – final chapter)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

There is only one God. Here is what we know is true of God:

  • God is eternal – has always existed, exists now, and will always exist.
  • God is holy – without fault, perfect.
  • God is truth – his word stands always, unchanging, reliably true.
  • God is present – everywhere, at all times.
  • God is powerful – no limit to his power.
  • God is all-knowing – he has full knowledge of everything, always.
  • God is creator – nothing exists that is not created by him.

There is only one God. And all of the above is true of him. We know this because Scripture reveals this to be true of God. He has chosen to make himself known to humankind, to reveal this about himself to us.

Scripture also reveals that Jesus possesses these exact same characteristics as God. As does the Spirit of God. For example, let’s take eternal.

Scripture says of Jesus, “He existed in the beginning with God. God created everything through him, and nothing was created except through him.”12 Weiterlesen

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Der philosophische Gottesbeweis

Helmi Berkah

Gott hat sich nicht unbezeugt gelassen – Psalm 19 nennt die drei Offenbarungen, nämlich die physische Schöpfung, das offenbarte, geschriebene Wort Gottes und dessen Auswirkungen auf das praktische Leben der wiedergeborenen Heiligen. Dennoch ist es interessant, was sich zumeist wohl ungläubige Philosophen durch die Jahrhunderte aufgrund ihrer menschlichen Logik zu “Beweisen” der Existenz des Ewigen ausgedacht haben. Nachfolgend einige Beispiele:*

Anselm von Canterbury (Theologe, )

  1. Der Mensch kann sich etwas ausdenken, das vollkommen ist und durch nichts übertroffen wird.
  2. Es gibt nur etwas Größeres als diese Vorstellung, nämlich wenn dieses Wesen nicht nur als Möglichkeit gedacht wird, sondern wirklich existiert.
  3. Es gibt nichts Größeres, das man sich ausdenken kann, als Gott. Wenn Gott wirklich existiert, dann ist er notwendigerweise größer als ein Gedanke.
  4. Deshalb muss Gott existieren.

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (5)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

5. If Jesus died on the cross, and was buried for three days, does this mean that God was dead for three days?

A great question. An illustration will help answer it.

Let’s say we have a vase. It has no flowers, no water in it. It is merely full of air. What is the difference between the air outside the vase and the air inside the vase? The air inside the vase has shape, right? It is the same air in composition, but the air inside the vase has shape.

If we take that vase and smash it against the wall, what happens to the air inside of it? Does it die? No, air cannot die. The vase can be in thousands of pieces, but nothing happens to the air, except lose its shape.

When Jesus died on the cross, his body died, but the Spirit of Jesus, the Spirit of God never dies. God took on the form of man, in Jesus. He took on the shape of man, but Jesus was never only man.

On the cross, Jesus Weiterlesen

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (4)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

4. Did Jesus die on a cross or not?

How did God test Abraham? He asked Abraham to put his son on the altar. As they were going up the mountain, the son asked, “Where is the offering?” Abraham answered, “God will see to it. He will provide the offering.” And God did provide a lamb, which Abraham then sacrificed to God.

Look at the consistent message God gives us.

God spares, he saves the son of Abraham with one lamb.

Then in Exodus, we see the importance of a lamb again. In Exodus, God warns his people in Egypt that he is going to strike the Egyptians. If those who believe in God will put the blood of a lamb on their doorpost, God would have the angel of death go past them, saving them from death. A nation of believers were saved by one lamb.

Then we see a lamb again in Leviticus. Every year the priest is told to take one lamb out of the city and sacrifice it for the sins of those people who believe in God. Each year, one people saved again by one lamb.

Then we hear John the Baptist addressing a crowd, saying this about Jesus: “Look! The Lamb of God Weiterlesen

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Neoevangelikalismus – Der Zweck heiligt die Mittel

von Dr. Martin Erdmann*

Der Neoevangelikalismus hat seine Wurzeln in den USA. Die „Gospel Coalition”[1], ein Zusammenschluss von bekannten Theologen, Pastoren und engagierten Laien in Amerika, beabsichtigt, die ursprünglichen Ziele des Neoevangelikalismus wieder aufleben zu lassen. Collin Hansen berichtet auf dem „Christianity Today-Weblog“ als Teilnehmer der von Tim Keller und Donald A. Carson einberufenen ersten Konferenz[2] dieser Organisation an der „Trinity Evangelical Divinity School“ in Deerfield, Illinois Folgendes:

Wie Carson mir heute mitteilte, wäre es für diese Gruppe unmöglich gewesen, vor fünf Jahren zusammenzukommen. Denken Sie über diese Aussage, wie Sie möchten; es scheint sich etwas in der evangelikalen Bewegung zu tun. Die „Gospel Coalition” sucht nicht weniger zu erreichen, als zu dem theologischen Konsens zurückzukehren, dessen sich die evangelikale Bewegung in den Tagen des Neoevangelikalismus unter Leitung von Billy Graham, Carl Henry, Harold John Ockenga und vielen anderen erfreute.[3]

Die Organisatoren der Konferenz, zu denen auch Crawford Loritts, Phil Ryken, Mark Driscoll und John Piper gehörten, wenden sich mit diesem Anliegen hauptsächlich an

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (3)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

3. Is it not blasphemy to suggest that God would have a Son?

God is spirit. And Jesus is only God’s Son in a spiritual sense, not in a physical way.

If someone says, “You are the Son of the Cedars” it means that person is from Lebanon. Or, if from Egypt, “You are the Son of the Nile.” To say that Jesus is the Son of God, means that Jesus is from God. It is like a title. When the angel appeared to Mary, the angel said, “the holy One to be born will be called the Son of God.” A title. Christians do not believe that God had any sexual relationship with any woman.

Isaiah said, “For a child is born to us, a son is given to us. The government will rest on his shoulders. And he will be called: Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”9

He is God, who became a man, through Mary. He is God and Son at the same time, born of the virgin Mary.

Why do you think God allowed Weiterlesen

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Im Wort Gottes baden – die Predigt des Wortes!

Tony Merida schreibt in seinem (englischsprachigen) Buch Faithful Preaching (S. 10–11):

UnknownJim Shaddix benutzt oft die Analogie eines Schwimmbades, um den Wort-gesättigten Charakter der Auslegungspredigt zu erklären. Er sagte, dass Prediger in der Regel die Bibel in einer von drei Weisen verwenden.

  1. Eine Weise besteht darin, dass sie das Wort als Sprungbrett benutzen. Bei diesem Verfahren liest der Prediger den Text, kehrt aber nie zu ihm zurück.
  2. Eine weitere Weise ist es, wenn der Prediger das Wort als Gartenmöbel benutzt; er kehrt also gelegentlich wieder zum Text zurück.
  3. Bibelauslegende Prediger verwenden das Wort hingegen wie

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (2)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

2. Does God say that one religion will replace another?

Does God intend that we would start with Judaism, then change to Christianity, then change to Islam?

No. God has been consistent. He has never been interested in building a religion.

Beginning with Abraham, God has been clear about revealing himself to us so that we could be in relationship with him. A relationship, not a religion, is God’s ultimate purpose in creating us.

Let’s look at the beginning, with Adam and Eve. They had direct communication with God, and all of their needs were met.

Then Satan appeared to Weiterlesen

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Wölfe im christlichen Schafspelz? Oder…?

Schirmach4Prof. Dr. Thomas Schirrmacher, Vorsitzender der Theologischen Kommission der Weltweiten Evangelischen Allianz, konnte inzwischen auch beim beim “ökumenischen Dialog” mit Papst Tawadros II. gesehen werden. Schon vor wenigen Monaten hies es von seinem Besuch beim römischen Papst:

schirrmach0“Beim privaten Besuch des Papstes bei seinem Freund, dem evangelikalen Pastor Giovanni Traettino waren in Caserta mehr als 300 ausgewählte Gäste geladen. Papst Franziskus bat die Evangelikalen und Pfingstler um Vergebung für ‘Übergriffe und Verunglimpfungen’, die durch Katholiken begangen wurden”, so Katholisches.info, das Online-Magazin für Kirche und Kultur. (siehe: “Der Protest Luthers ist vorrüber”).

Wie klar stehst du?

 Siehe hierzu auch den Beitrag von Phil Johnson, Bleibt wachsam! Wir handeln heute so, als ob wir nicht getäuscht werden könntenund  Wolf im Schafspelz – oder im Hirtengewand?

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Jesus and Islam – Six Questions (1)

In this series, we present six questions that followers of Islam, and other religions, often ask about Jesus…

  1. Has the Bible been changed from its original?
  2. Does God say that one religion will replace another: Judaism, then Christianity, then Islam?
  3. Is it not blasphemy to say God has a Son?
  4. Did Jesus die on a cross?
  5. If Jesus died on a cross, was God dead for 3 days?
  6. Why not view Jesus as a prophet?

1. Is the Bible God’s Word? Or has it been changed, or corrupted over time?

Just as introduction, here are a few statements found in the Bible: “Until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen will by any means disappear, from the Law until everything has been accomplished.”1

The Word of God will not disappear. Everything in it will be accomplished in its entirety till the very end. Again it states, “Heaven and earth will pass away but my words will never pass away.”2

Also, “All scripture is God-breathed and useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness.”3 All scripture is inspired by God.

And, “the grass Weiterlesen

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Die Katholische Kirche hat mit der Kirche des ersten Jahrhunderts NICHTS zu tun

James White

Historisch gesehen hebt sich der Evangelikalismus (oder historisch gesehen wenigstens der Protestantismus) vom Römischen Katholizismus in zweierlei Hinsicht deutlich ab.

  1. In der Frage der Autorität
  2. In der Frage des Evangeliums.

In einem Interview über die katholische Kirche sagt Dr. James White, US-amerikanischer Apologet und Bibellehrer, unter anderem über die negative Entwicklung des Evangelikalismus:

“Den Evangelikalismus konnte man früher sehr leicht definieren, weil man das Evangelium sehr klar definieren konnte. Es gab bestimmte Dinge, die die Evangelikalen definierten, z.B. deren Hingabe an die biblische Autorität, einem biblischen Evangelium und der Wiederkehr Jesu Christi und einem konservativen Verhältnis zur Bibel. Unglücklicherweise ist es besonders in westlichen Ländern heutzutage so, dass Menschen als Evangelikale gesehen werden, die sich Weiterlesen

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The Resurrection & the Unbeliever

(In DEUTSCH siehe hier: Die Auferstehung Jesu)

by Mike Riccardi*

Over the last three days, as we look forward to Resurrection Sunday, we have been considering the biblical and theological implications of the resurrection of Christ. First, we examined the significance of the resurrection as it relates to the person of Christ. Then, we took a look at eight implications the resurrection of Christ has for believers in Him. Because of the resurrection, the believer enjoys the blessing of regeneration and deliverance from the fear and slavery of death; the resurrection is the foundation of justifying grace, the guarantee of the indwelling Holy Spirit and the present intercessory ministry of Christ, the ground of our sanctification, power for holiness and for ministry, and the guarantee of the promise of a resurrection body of our own, free from sin and decay.

But today I want to ask: what does the bodily resurrection of Christ say to the unbeliever? What is the significance of the resurrection for those of you who remain outside of Christ?

Whether you’re an atheist or agnostic; Buddhist, Hindu, or any other religion; or even if you call yourself a Christian but have a mere outward attachment to Christ—you would regularly attend church, and even read the Bible and listen to sermons—but you have no vital union to Christ, no living relationship, and you still cling to your sin and aim to be lord of your life. What is the significance of the resurrection for you?

The Proof of Judgment

JusticeIn the first place, the resurrection is the proof and guarantee of God’s coming judgment.

Acts 17:30–31: “The times of ignorance God overlooked, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent, because he has fixed a day on which he will judge the world in righteousness by a man whom he has appointed; and of this he has given assurance to all by raising him from the dead.”

The empty tomb of Joseph of Arimathea stands throughout the ages as the sure guarantee and reminder of the coming Day of Judgment. And you, dear reader, are going to be there. And Christ your Judge is going to be there.

These days you see people walking around with shirts and hats and some even with tattoos that say the most ridiculous thing: “Only God can judge me!” Do you ever see that? As if to say, “You don’t dare pass judgment on me or my sinful lifestyle! Only God can judge me!” I can’t for the life of me figure out why in the world that is a comforting thought to them.

My friend, God will judge you. He has fixed a day when He will judge the whole world! And His standard will be righteousness, measured not by how good you’ve been in comparison to other people around you. No, He will judge all the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed. The standard of righteousness by which you will be judged is the standard of Christ’s righteousness. Of perfect righteousness.

And when you stand before Him to answer for your life, what are you going to present before Him? Painted eggs and a stuffed bunny? The filthy rags of your own so-called “good works,” mixed with the filthiness of unrepentant sin? My friend, you have no hope if you are trusting in yourself to avail with God in the Day of Judgment! The only hope for the forgiveness of sins and for reconciliation with the Father on the Day of Judgment is to be clothed in the perfect righteousness of the risen Lord Jesus Christ—to have the perfectly righteous life of Jesus Christ counted to be yours, because your filthy life of sin and shame has been counted to be His on the cross.

And both of those “countings” or “reckonings” happen through repentance and faith alone. That’s why the text says that God is now declaring that all must repent. If you remain a stranger to the grace of God, I call you to turn from your sin, and lay hold of Christ on this Good Friday.

The Ground of Gospel Mercy

Because that same empty tomb that is God’s pledge of certain judgment, is also the empty tomb that is the solid ground for the offer of Gospel mercy.

  • Romans 10:9 – “If you confess with your mouth Jesus as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.”
  • Acts 5:30–31 – “The God of our fathers raised up Jesus, whom you had put to death by hanging Him on a cross. He is the one whom God exalted to His right hand as a Prince and a Savior, to grant repentance…and forgiveness of sins.”
  • Acts 13:38 – Because Christ did not undergo decay, but was raised from the dead: “Therefore let it be known to you that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, things from which you could not be freed through the Law.”

The resurrection is God’s vindication of Christ. It is the proof that what He accomplished in His life and death had been accepted as a full payment of sin—that all of the Father’s righteous wrath has been satisfied! The resurrection is God’s receipt that full payment has been made—that all that is necessary for your salvation has been accomplished by Christ! It only falls to you to abandon your hope of entering eternal life on your own merits. Receive the resurrection life of Jesus Christ by trusting in Him alone.

John 11;25-26What Jesus said to Martha on the day He raised her brother from the dead, He says to you today: “I am the resurrection and the life; he who believes in Me will live even if he dies, and everyone who lives and believes in Me will never die. Do you believe this?”

Do you believe this?

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Reblogged from THE CRIPPLEGATE, April 3, 2015

See also following related articles and sermons:

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The Resurrection & the Believers (2)

(In DEUTSCH siehe hier: Die Auferstehung Jesu)

by Mike Riccardi*Empty-Tomb-2

In preparation for Resurrection Sunday, we’ve been considering the significance of the resurrection. First, we looked at some theological and practical implications of the resurrection as it relates to the person of Christ. Yesterday, we began considering the significance of the resurrection for believers. The resurrection is the ground of our regeneration, the ground of deliverance from death’s fearful slavery, and the very foundation of the Gospel.

But that’s not all. There are more benefits the resurrection brings for the believer in Christ.

The Holy Spirit

Fourth, the resurrection guarantees the New Covenant ministry of the Holy Spirit.

In his Pentecost sermon, Peter is explaining the pouring forth of the Holy Spirit that has manifested in the disciples speaking in languages they had never learned. And he says in Acts 2:32–33: “This Jesus God raised up again, to which we are all witnesses. Therefore”— that is, on the basis of this raising up of Jesus—“having been exalted to the right hand of God, and having received from the Father the promise of the Holy Spirit, He has poured forth this which you both see and hear.”

So Scripture links the coming of the New Covenant ministry of the Holy Spirit to the resurrection and ascension of Christ.

Jesus Himself teaches this in John 16. As He is Weiterlesen

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