As we began this new series last week looking at integral aspects of living out God's mission in our time and in this place I mentioned a missionary named William Carey. During the message I quoted the first of his 11 commandments of missions and said that I would be posting the entire list to this blog. That list is below (with language updated by me) and will be something we visit each week in our series entitled A People Planted.
It's hard to escape how applicable this 200 year old list of commandments written by a missionary in India is to us today. The only reason I updated the language was, well for language sake and to plant our minds in the missionary task before us right here in St. Pete rather than allow it to escape us as something for foreign workers. If you want to see the original you can read it here in a blog by Ray Ortlund.
I'm looking forward to learning much together from this list as well as the book of Daniel as we wrestle through living life at the intersection of God's plan and our troubled times. May we see God stretch our thinking and build our courage so as to more firmly establish us as A People Planted in our city for his glory.
William Carey’s 11 commandments of missions:
- Set an infinite value on immortal souls.
- Learn everything you can about the lies and false hopes that doubters and seekers buy into every day.
- Abstain from all cultural Christian entrenchments which might increase prejudice against the gospel.
- Watch for all opportunities for doing good, even when you are tired and hot.
- Make Christ crucified the great subject of your preaching.
- Earn the people’s confidence by your friendship.
- Build up the disciples that are gathered.
- Encourage disciples to embed themselves in the community and turn the work of the ministry over to them as soon as possible.
- Work with all your might to interpret the truth of the gospel into the everyday language of life. Train disciples to this end.
- Stay alert in prayer, wrestling with God until he exposes the empty promises of this world, opening the eyes of doubters, seekers, and skeptics to see clearly the glories of Christ.
- Give yourself totally to this ultimate cause. Surrender your time, talents, energy; involve your family; consider no earthly treasure too valuable to give up.