Should we engage in ministry and pursue the mission even when it might involve putting ourselves in potentially harmful situations. Yes. Absolutely. Without a doubt. We do not make an idol out of our welfare and self-preservation.
But what if we have a family? What if doing this sort of ministry and pursuing the mission in this way not only potentially endangers ourselves, but also our family and our children — those of whom Paul says, “[I]f anyone does not provide for his relatives, and especially for members of his household, he has denied the faith and is worse than an unbeliever” (1 Tim 5:8).
John Piper — “Short answer: Yes.”
Why? Because the cause is worth the risk, and the children are more likely to become Christ-exalting, comfort-renouncing, misery-lessening exiles and sojourners in this way than by being protected from risk in the safety of this world.
Read the article, Risk Your Kids for the Kingdom? On Taking Children to Unreached Peoples.
A Holy Ambition: To Preach Where Christ Has Not Been Named is currently available for FREE on Vysro, a Christian eBook source.
Also, in general, Desiring God strives to make John Piper’s books available for FREE in a variety of formats. They recently released that the total number of FREE books has now reached 24. Check them out here.
“In light of recent events in Ferguson, Missouri, Cleveland, and New York, 11 Christian pastors and leaders are gathering Dec. 16 at the historic Lorraine Motel and National Civil Rights Museum in Memphis for A Time to Speak, a live stream event focusing on race, the church and where to go from here.” [Source]
I highly suggest you “attend” this event.
Sign up and view the event from this link (<– this is the same link for the now archived video — updated Dec. 19, 2014).
Desiring God, the headquarters of sorts for the ministry of John Piper, has just recently announced the launch of a new ministry. In a recent email they say,
This has been a dream for several years. In recent months, John Piper and the Desiring God team have been working behind the scenes to envision and develop this new tool for helping people to read the Bible for themselves. These 8-12 minute videos put the biblical text on the screen, and show Pastor John’s pen, as his voice guides us through the passage. His hope is not just to feed us from his catch, but to teach us to fish for ourselves.
I love John Piper, his passion for God, and his desire to see himself and others conformed to the world of scripture. I also find myself lining up with him theologically to a significant degree. Therefore, I have essentially no hesitation recommending to you what I believe is likely an incredible resource.
You can find specific ‘Look at the Book’ episodes on Desiring God’ website.
Check out the introduction video below.