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.
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.
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.