Studying the acts of the apostle Paul and his epistles, we see an effective pattern for missions. At CrossRoads, our missiology is based upon the Scriptures revolving around Paul’s life
(2 Timothy 3:10-12, 14). We believe the principles of missions are understood and effectively implemented by understanding the work and writings of Paul.
Paul’s commission (Acts 26:16-18; 1Corinthians 1:17-18) was distinct and different from the twelve’s commission (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:16-18; Luke 24:47, 49). Paul’s mission was to preach Christ (Acts 17:3; Romans 15:20; 1 Corinthians 1:17), therefore, helping people see the light of God’s truth
(2 Corinthians 4:4-5). That truth is to provide every unbeliever, every unreached person, with a way out from the bondage of Satan unto the power of God, the forgiveness of all sin, and an inheritance – eternal life (Acts 26:18; Colossians 1:12-14). And that way is found in a person, Jesus Christ.
At CrossRoads, we desire for people to believe the gospel of grace and live out the grace of the gospel. By studying Paul’s journeys and his epistles, one can see examples of lives being transformed by the power of the gospel (1 Thessalonians 1:5-7, 9). But what method effectively promotes and enables this approach on the mission field? I am glad you asked!
Through our studies of Paul’s work and writings, we see core elements in his approach to missions. Paul’s approach was a team-based, short-cycle missions model. The means to accomplish this were rooted in simultaneous activities, high trust of the people, being an overt witness, having a restricted scope, and using the best tactical, strategic advantages.