A Vision for Missions
Tom Wells writes with the conviction that Christians interested in missions must return to our first principles: that human need and terrible world conditions are not really our chief Biblical motive. The motive is, the glory of God! HE – our God – is worthy to be known. The disgrace is that so many, among the nations, do not know or serve Him. The missionary vision must begin with a desire for Christ to be known.
A Vision for Missions is a challenging, relevant book to every believer. Whether you plan to work on the missions field or to be a faithful witness where you now live, it’s the mission! A Vision for Missions also contains much valuable biographical information about David Brainerd and William Carey, men who lived by these principles.
About the Author
Tom Wells is a retired preacher and writer in West Chester, near Cincinnati, Ohio. He has spent his entire adult life in Christian ministry, including evangelistic work and various Bible teaching roles. Tom served as pastor for 30 years at The King’s Chapel (Reformed Baptist Church) in West Chester. In earlier years he was the regular speaker on several radio ministries originating in Cincinnati and Dallas, Texas.
Some of pastor Wells’s books are Christian: Take Heart!, A Price for a People, The Moral Basis of Faith, and A Vision for Missions.
Thanksgiving provided a little extra time for reading, and I finished A Vision for Missions, a Banner of Truth paperback by Tom Wells. What’s so great about it? Well, a friend of mine, who’s spent some time doing missions work in Central Asia, described it as a combination of Packer’s Knowing God and Piper’s Let the Nations Be Glad, both of which are just stellar books.
So here is Wells’ thesis: “God is worthy to be known and proclaimed for who He is, and that fact is an important part of the missionary motive and message.” And here’s why that thesis needs to be advanced: “Our danger, it seems to me, lies in forgetting God in our zeal for men” (110).” — Ben Wright
Table of Contents
|1||‘It Pleased God’||11|
|2||Renouncing the Utilitarian God||22|
|4||God’s Sovereign Power||42|
|5||God, Fully Wise||53|
|6||The Righteousness of God||63|
|7||The Graciousness of God||73|
|8||God in His Faithfulness||85|
|9||‘Glory … in the Face of Jesus Christ’||97|
|10||God’s Glory and Human Need||107|
|11||David Brainerd before God||121|
|12||Another Look at William Carey||130|
|13||The Example of Henry Martyn||141|