THE ULTIMATE CONQUEST:
REFLECTIONS ON THE LIFE AND LEGACY OF HUDSON TAYLOR
Written as a companion piece to our seventh film (THE FRONTIER), The Ultimate Conquest is an intimate look at the lives of these pioneers and a gripping exploration of the privilege and the cost of laboring on the remaining fields of unreached and unengaged people groups. It brings to life the incredible story of Hudson Taylor and the China Inland Mission in relation to its impact on the Frontier Alliance International family. Apart from Scripture, no single individual has played a more influential role in the formation of the vision and values of FAI than Taylor and the China Inland Mission.
Frontier Alliance International invites you into the heart ofChina to encounter one of the greatest visionary pioneers in history; what convictions drove Hudson Taylor, what values shaped his own family and organization, and how we can glean from the legacies and strategies of those who’ve gone before us as we carry this great and holy task in our own generation—the proclamation of the Gospel of the Kingdom in every tribe, tongue, people, and nation.
UNTO DEATH: MARTYRDOM, MISSIONS,
AND THE MATURITY OF THE CHURCH
Throughout the three and a half years of His earthly ministry, Jesus consistently called His disciples to expect and embrace suffering, persecution, and martyrdom, exhorting them with such words as, “hate your life,” “pick up your cross,” and “deny yourself.” He assured us that we are “blessed” when we are “reviled” and “persecuted,” and cursed if “all men speak well of us.” He made promises like, “You will have trouble,” “they will put you to death,” and “you will be hated by all for My name’s sake.”
Though not every believer is called to give a martyr-witness, every believer is called to embrace a martyr-mentality, every Church a martyr-mandate, and every minister a martyr-theology. Whether we live or die is ultimately in the hands of our Master, and if we have not entrusted Him with that decision, we may be deluding ourselves into assuming we are His bondservants when in fact we are not.
Unto Death explores the implications of the resurrection, the imperatives of costly discipleship, and invites those who love and confess the Lordship of Jesus to invest their limited life in this age for an abundant life in the next—driven by the apostolic “blessed hope” befitting those who worship a crucified King and a slain Lamb.
TO TRACE A RISING SUN:
GOD, THE GOSPEL, AND YOUR LIFE IN THIS AGE
The Scriptures burden us with this ultimatum: Jesus is either everything the prophets, apostles and He Himself say He is, or He is nothing at all. As Charles Spurgeon so simply put it, “If Christ be anything, He must be everything.” He must be. This is why—and only how—the Gospel has such explosive implications. This is why Golgotha is of cosmic consequence. This is why Paul could hinge the legitimacy of Christian discipleship on the resurrection of the saints upon the Lord’s appearance at the end of the age. Either the whole canon of Scripture still matters, or we can burn the books. Yet the apostolic confidence declared so long ago rings true today, unthreatened and unwavering against the tides of cultural confusion and delusion.
To Trace a Rising Sun is a meditation on the point and purpose of creation in this age; if men and women bear the Image of the Holy, then the Gospel of the Kingdom matters for our minutes and decisions. But we must understand the whole story, beginning to end. Consider what you’re made for, called to, and how the story of your life fits into the wild and beautiful story of eternity. If Christ be anything, He must be everything—and if that’s true, He means and changes everything.
WONDER, WITNESS, AND WAR:
EXALTING CHRIST IN CONFLICT ZONES
The pages of Scripture consistently beckon readers and believers to a counter-intuitive lifestyle; a different path. Jesus described it as “narrow,” found by few, but leading to life for those who follow it. The apostle Paul called it “a more excellent way.”
It is the way of the crucified King.
As the world grapples with escalating crises and humanitarian needs on scales unseen since the Second World War, the Body of Jesus worldwide must evaluate how we responsibly steward and bear the name of the “Servant of all”—we must ask how we can engage strategically and faithfully, to best serve as “light” and “salt” to a dark and dying world—so that the Lord of all would be known to every tribe, every tongue, and every people group. Unprecedented crisis has created unprecedented opportunities.
In this compilation of essays by FAI Relief field personnel, Wonder, Witness, and War explores the responsibility upon believers, our opportunities to engage the crises, and the unique fellowship found with Jesus on the blood-stained soil of the frontier.
The harvest is plentiful. The laborers are few. And the doors are open. There are no closed countries.
YOUR SOUL AND THE CITY OF THE GREAT KING
A.W. Tozer declared this in his classic work The Knowledge of the Holy: “what comes into our minds when we think about God is the most important thing about us.” If we do not love Him with our minds—our beliefs, our imaginations, and our thoughts—we are not loving Him as we ought. The consequences for this are like any other manifestation of disobedience or disregard for His commands: bondage and death. Our destiny in Jesus is “life and life abundant.” We should settle for nothing less, and demand with our days to enjoy the freedom of a liberated mind.
In His kindness, the LORD has given us a living object lesson to calibrate our emotions and beliefs to the eternal truths of Scripture. The “City of the Great King” serves us with her testimony. The nations have a controversy with Jerusalem. The Church has a controversy with Jerusalem. Satan has a controversy with Jerusalem. God Himself has a controversy with Jerusalem. Yet she is the chosen throne for David’s Son, and the last time Jesus saw her, He wept.
She has always been complicated.
Incidentally, so have we.
INTRODUCING OUR CLASSIC SERIES
THE AUTOBIOGRAPHY OF J. HUDSON TAYLOR
Since the life of Paul and era following Pentecost, few lives have left the legacy and impact among the unreached and unengaged as that of James Hudson Taylor. His unwavering devotion to exalting Jesus “built foundations where there were none” (Romans 15:20) such that millions of Chinese believers trace their lineage in the faith back to this young man from England.
Born in 1832, James Hudson Taylor spent the first decade and a half of his life in what he would later term as blasphemy and unbelief until (crediting the prayers of his mother and the grace of his Maker) he met Jesus at the age of sixteen. The Man from Galilee quickly became Taylor’s preeminent obsession and preoccupation. Taylor founded the China Inland Mission in 1865, which immediately employed ground-breaking targeted and strategic mobilization models which effectively drove the Gospel of the Kingdom of Jesus into a nation, provinces, and neighborhoods where the name of Jesus had, nearly two millennia after the Ascension, still not yet been heard or confessed. Taylor’s Retrospect over a life so well lived is a glimpse into the heart and mind of a man of single vision and should be studied by every Gospel pioneer.
UNION & COMMUNION:
THOUGHTS ON SONG OF SOLOMON
Born in 1832, James Hudson Taylor spent the first decade and a half of his life in what he would later term as blasphemy and unbelief until (crediting the prayers of his mother and the grace of his Maker) he met Jesus at the age of sixteen. The Man from Galilee quickly became Taylor’s preeminent obsession and preoccupation. By the age of seventeen, driven by a dream for Jesus to be magnified by every man, woman, and child He made, Hudson Taylor committed himself to a life amongst the largest unreached nation of his day: China. He followed through on this commitment and was buried in China in 1905. Taylor’s ability to work hard and effectively under duress and difficulty was fueled by his love for Scripture, for the Spirit who breathes upon the Word, and the Son who reminds us to “abide,” because one truth will carry a laborer across the threshold between this age and the next, and it is one Hudson Taylor confidently knew: who we are is and will always be more important than what we do.