You are God’s shop window

mission-net is a pan-European mission congress for young people taking place at the end of 2011 in Germany.

I recently contributed a short article called You are God’s shop window! on the mission-net website, which aimed to encourage readers to live out the missional life that God requires of us. Here’s an extract:

Israel were to be a kingdom of priests and a holy nation. They were supposed to show the rest of the world what it was like to live in covenant relationship with God.

Israel’s lifestyle was missional – it was like a shop window for the world to look through. The nations were supposed to look at the quality of Israel’s life together and think, ‘Wow! Look at them; we want to know their God!’ (see, for example, Isaiah 2:1-5).

What about you and your Christian community? What is your ‘window’ like? When people see your life or your life together to they think, ‘Wow! I really want to get to know Jesus!’?

mission-net is a fantastic gathering. It was at a previous incarnation of mission-net (a TEMA confress) that I came to faith.

If you live in Europe, why not take your youth group along?

Mission-Net, Deuteronomy and the University Alien

mission-net: congress 2009
mission-net: congress 2009

It’s been a little while since I’ve blogged, what with Easter, going to Mission-Net and then having a few days holiday.

It was great to be at Mission-Net. My two seminars looked at (1) The ‘missional basis of the Bible’ along with an overview of the Old Testament; and (2) A study on Deut. 10:12-22 and what it tells us about our missionary God and our role as his people in the world.

The highlight for me was at the end of the second session. I had touched on the importance God places on caring for the vulnerable in society, as exemplified in the laws concerning the marginal groups (widow, orphan, alien). I had relayed a story from my student days where I had been lazy, sticking to people like myself rather than looking out for and befriending the ‘international’ students. A Greek student in the seminar talked about how she was going to make more of an effort to spend more time with a South-East Asian student she was aquainted with. It thrilled me to hear her say this! My prayer is that as she returns to her university she will learn from my mistake and, more importantly, allow God to mould her character and attitudes.

Bible and Mission talks at Mission-Net

mission-net: congress 2009Mission-Net, the pan-European mission youth congress, takes place next week in Oldenberg, Germany.

One of the seminar streams is entitled, ‘Is Mission Really in the Bible?’. I will be giving two talks on mission and the Old Testament (‘Do you understand the Old Testament? A journey into God’s missionary heart’) on Saturday 11 and Sunday 12, both at 1.45pm to 3pm.

Other speakers on this seminar track include:

  • Eddie Arthur (Wycliffe UK) – ‘A missionary God for a missionary people’
  • Dr Matthias Radloff (Institut Biblique et Missionnaire Emmaüs) ‘For heaven’s sake: An interview with Moses Abraham, and a few other guests’ and ‘Highway to Heaven – from nowhere to somewhere’
  • Dr. Detlef Blöcher (Deutsche Missionsgemeinschaft) – ‘Putting feet on your faith! Integral mission and the Micah-Initiative’
  • Dr. Volker Rabens (Theologisches Seminar Adelshofen) – ‘Missional life in the power of the Holy Spirit: How the Spirit  transforms and empowers us’
  • Dr. Peter Kuzmic (Evangelical Theological Seminary, Osijek, Croatia) – ‘The Holy Spirit: He will change you, if you let him!’
  • Lauro Castelli (WEC International) – ‘It’s war!! Spiritual warfare and missions’

I’ll also be on the Redcliffe College stand in the exhibition area. If you will be at Mission-Net, do come and say hello!

mission-net

mission-net congress 2009
mission-net: congress 2009

On 8-13 April 2009 there will be a congress in Oldenburg, Germany, to motivate young people (roughly 16-30 year olds) to engage in mission. I will be doing a couple of sessions in the seminar programme on the Old Testament and mission. I came to faith at a similar kind of congress when I was 17.

Here’s a bit of blurb from the mission-net website. Maybe see you there?

it promises to be one of the most significant European events devoted to the subject of missions. If you are interested in worshipping and learning together with over 6000 others from many other European countries, then this event is for you!

It will be a chance for you to grow in your faith, discover what God is doing in your country, continent and world, and to find your part in it!

So make sure you don’t miss mission-net 2009! It promises to be a unique time together. See you there!

God’s Blessings

Andy Juliff, Director, mission-net 2009