Celebrating Our One Year Blogging Anniversary (2nd of 6). A Biblical Basis for Mission Agencies

There are two kinds of Christian structures in the New Testament. First, there were missionary bands. Jesus Christ established a missionary band of twelve men. John the Baptist established a missionary band. So did Paul and Barnabas. So did Prisca and Aquila. Missionary bands existed prior to churches.

The Jewish word for a missionary band is hevrah.   

On this first anniversary of Lighthouse and Flint, I have gathered my four blogs on the topic “A Biblical Basis for Mission Agencies.” Dear reader, we meet many a church leader who rubs his forehead and wishes, “If only our church were organized properly, we would not need the mission agencies.” Church leaders brighten up considerably when they understand the biblical basis of the two structures of God’s redemptive mission.

Jewish Mission Societies in the New Testament

Jesus Christ and His Missionary Band as a Type of Jewish Hevrah

Pharisees were a Type of Jewish Hevrah

Early Christians Adapted the Synagogue and Hevrah to Organize Congregations and Missionary Bands

Dear reader, let us send a thousand new missionaries to the regions beyond. Then one day the words of the prophet will be fulfilled, “The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Habakkuk 2:14).