How The Authority of Christ Upholds the Great Commission

The Great Commission is impossible if it were not for the promise that Jesus is with us forever. The doctrine of the supreme authority of Christ not only upholds the work of the church, it is the central message that the church preaches. “Jesus is Lord” is good news!

How to Stay Motivated in Language Learning

Cross cultural missionaries often learn the language of their host cultures. This is a really hard job! How does a person stay motivated through the thick and thin of language learning?

The Holiday of the Sacrifice

This week over 100 million animals will be slaughtered throughout the Muslim world. From Munich to Mecca to the Maldives, Muslims celebrate the "Holiday of the Sacrifice" in the memory of Abraham's binding of his son. This holiday gives us the chance to love the Gospel more and share that Gospel with our Muslim friends.

What people want in their city

What makes a community a desirable place to live? What makes people happy to live where they live? What attaches a person to his or her city? Eric Swanson answers.

A Task Too Big for Loners (Pt. 1)

Need ideas for building apostolic networks and pioneer missionary startups? Find out the "how" and "who" to make a difference in the world.

All hell has broken loose

Disaster and tragedy are everywhere in the news. Has all hell broken loose on this earth? Yes. In fact, it has.

There are no “hard people”

Among humanity, is no pre-disposition towards saving grace, only pre-indisposition. If we are "dead in our trespasses and sins", then nobody is "farther" or "closer" away from Christ. We are all, rather, equally dead. The ground is level both at the foot of the cross and the plain of the cemetery. Nobody is more saved than others by Christ and nobody is more separated than others from Christ. So Saul the persecutor of Christians and Cornelius the "God-fearer" were equally dead in their trespasses and sins and equally in need of divine alien righteousness. And this makes all the difference for how we make disciples among the nations.

The UpStream Collective: What is a sending church?

A Sending Church is a local community of Christ-followers who have made a covenant together to be prayerful, deliberate, and proactive in developing, commissioning, and sending their own members both locally and globally, often in partnership with other churches or agencies, and continuing to encourage, support, and advocate for them while making disciples cross-culturally.

What if Jesus Had Not Given the Great Commission?

Why is the Great Commission (Mt. 28:18-20) so noticeably absent from Acts and the apostolic letters? Would the Church still be responsible to go if she did not have the Great Commission? Would we still be experiencing the wave of churches in the West becoming passionate about God’s glory among all the nations that we currently are?

5 Common Myths about Disciplemaking

Many people teach on it, most of us don’t regularly obey it. Here are 5 common myths about the Great Commission that lead us to miss out on disciple making.

Stories from the Field: The Lame Walk

A story from Daniel and Jessie—goers sent by the Austin Stone as part of the 100 People Network, serving among the unreached people group the deaf of Honduras.

What is the Culture of the Kingdom?

What does it mean to obediently follow Christ while remaining in the context of our community and culture? What does the kingdom really look like?