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Here are the best tweets so far from the recent Desiring God National Conference , Finish the Mission.  

I took the liberty of collecting some of the best quotes and posting them here for you guys and gals.

The conference, hosted by @JohnPiper, featured key missions speakers like Ed Stetzer, Michael Oh, David Platt, Michael Ramsden, and others.

Through 140 characters or less, you can get a quick taste of what was being said through the lives of these men of faith and let it stir you like it did me.

First up…

Ed Stetzer:

  • Jesus’ ministry is linked to serving the marginalized. But actions are distractions if we forget to seek & save the lost.
  • We must preach justice but it will never be complete until we preach Jesus.
  • Churches will look different wherever it’s taking place but they shouldn’t get distracted from Gospel centrality.
  • Hold your church models loosely and your Gospel firmly.
  • Styles of music & clothes don’t much matter. Repentance & reconciliation really matters.
  • The “how” of missions is shaped by the who, when, and where of the culture.
  •  Contextualization is not making the Gospel palpable, but making the Gospel understandable
  •  There are more than 584 unengaged, unreached peoples in North America.
  •  The majority of church goers are not engaged in any meaningful ministry. They come for the show.
  •  We must do justice, but it’s not complete unless we preach Jesus & we can’t preach Jesus faithfully unless we’re doing justice.
  •  We can’t love Jesus and not love the nations.
  •  Don’t trivialize the Great Commission by ignoring the nations.
  •  If I blog about controversy, lots of interaction. If I blog about missions & the nations, readership plunges.
  •  Don’t let your church be a cul de sac on the great commission highway.
  •  There is an ethno-linguistic thread throughout all of Scripture. God sent Israel out to the nations.
  •  We’re all sent, the only question is where and among whom.
  •  All Christians are called to live on mission. We are all sent – & are called to live in light of that mission.
  •  We are SENT. John 20:21
  •  One of the greatest problems in church planting is getting people to leave good churches.
  •  Too many Christians want to be customers/consumers of their church.
  •  We need congregations full of people who will quit being customers and start being missional, Spirit-empowered co-laborers.
  •  One thing you can do today. Say, “Jesus, here I am–send me. Spirit, give me power.
  •  Short-term missions done right: Leave behind connections that strengthen the cause of the gospel.

David Platt:

  • Short term missions done right is a key part of my discipleship. 2% of a year there transforms the other 98% here.
  • Short-term missions done right: launches people into evangelism & missions. Makes a difference at home & longterm faraway.
  • Short-term missions done wrong: Hurts the cause of the gospel, or return home unchanged, ho-hum back to normal life.
  • Being born into an unreached people group means you will likely live and you will die without hearing the gospel.
  • I want all my people to be goers, taking the gospel to those who don’t believe. The question is; near or far.
  • As you are totally surrendered to him and abiding in Him he will fulfill his purpose for you
  • There are 2.5 billion people in the world who have enough knowledge of God to damn them to hell. We must go to them.
  • Problem: the innocent guy in Africa does not exist!
  • Why must we go with such urgency? The Gospel is ENOUGH to rescue them to Heaven.
  • I have absolutely no record of you doing anything wrong” -God <- that is a scandal.
  • We have a scandalously merciful savior – Is 6:6-7
  • “We played a hell of a game.” The way we talk about Hell shows we have no idea what we’re talking about.
  • Our problem is not that we’ve made some bad decisions. We are, at the core, cut off from God…and destined for Hell.
  • OT trash talk: Is 36:18-20; God responds: Is 37:26-29
  • There is no equal to our God: Isaiah 40:18; 45:5ff
  • We have an incomprehensibly glorious God – Isaiah 6
  • For God to be called “holy” doesn’t mean He’s just pure or righteous; it means He has no equal. -Platt
  • We have an indescribably urgent mission. Our God warrants reckless abandon.

Michael Oh

  • Missions is not something you are called to as much as it is what you are saved for.
  • Missions starts with obedience & a passions for the things that God is passionate about.
  • Missions – Unless someone biblically stops you, GO!!”
  • This world would be TRANSFORMED if God would give you the grace & the guts to give GENEROUSLY to global missions.
  • Lead us not into temptation’ applies to the idolatry of spiritual blessing as well.
  • Your prayers are a reflection of your Heart. The Lord’s Prayer is a reflection of Jesus’ heart.
  • The second part of the Lord’s prayer is not to just meet needs, rather to give provisions to fulfill our purpose.
  • We cannot finish the mission by ourselves, thus Jesus teaches us to pray, “Your kingdom come!”
  • Christian – you have NOTHING to envy. YOU have Jesus Christ!
  • God’s will is honored when God’s word is obeyed.
  • Only America could have invented the term, ‘Disposable Income’ – we view everything above 10% as OURS.
  • The Gospel is going FROM every land TO every land.
  • God’s people should have a holy dissatisfaction about the worshiplessness of the World!
  • My advice: Unless someone stops you, go. Consider going to the hard places.
  • What would it look like if I valued the Gospel more than my life?
  • You must wrestle with your calling; otherwise, when it gets hard, you will be tempted to walk away.
  • God is more interested in getting us to the right place than we are in obeying him.
  •  We must be ready to answer the objections against our faith
  •  We’ll never be able to answer the hard questions thrown our way if we aren’t immersed in the Word.
  •  Are we silent about the gospel because we secretly fear it isn’t true?
  •  Is it possible we are morally ashamed of God, and that’s why we don’t go?
  • Have we ordered our church life so that it’s convenient to do what *we* want?
  • Is it possible church/Christian life is for convenience so we give a bit to send others to do what we don’t want to?
  •  True #atheism cannot uphold the ‘myth’ of a purpose for mankind.
  •  Because we live in an orderly universe, we can observe when God acts (immaculate conception)
  •  Even if they mathematically showed the universe cld create itself fm/nothing, that doesn’t show God doesn’t exist
  •  Zechariah prays for a child, and is skeptical of the angel; judgment comes on him
  •  Anthony Flew couldn’t deny the statistical improbability of the universe coming about by chance
  •  When thinking about missions, why do we think about countries thousands of miles away, and not our neighbors?
  •  If outside financial consultants analyzed your church’s finances, what would they deduce is your focus?
  •  As an evangelist, you need to make theology your hobby
  •  Talk to the people in Heb 11 about being compelled by the Gospel regardless of the danger & inconvenience of the message
  •  This is what I want to die for… to lay down my life for the sake of sharing the Gospel. Ramsden
  •  Where is the commitment in the church? Where is the willingness to suffer for the sake of the Gospel? Ramsden
  •  Is it possible that if you were perfectly honest, you would say you’ve been disappointed with your Christian life so far?
  •  We will not lose a day of our life by going where/doing what God has called us. Danger is not an excuse for fear.
  •  The reason God doesn’t want us to be somewhere is not because he doesn’t want us to die. We will all die.

John Piper 

  • My prayer is that, Psalm 67 will be a calling in your life, if you do not already have a verse that you are rooted in.
  • Ps. 67:1-2 is rooted in Gen. 12:2-3, and describes the foundation of world missions
  • Abraham’s covenant was decisively fulfilled in Christ and is finally being fulfilled as the nations come to know Him.
  • God’s grand plan was to use Israel to reach ALL nations Romans 11.
  •  God’s purpose is to be known, praised, enjoyed, and feared by all the nations.
  • Known as the One and Only true and living God.
  • God doesn’t want to be known by a little clique. He wants to be known by the nations. That’s why he created them.
  • It doesn’t help the cause of truth or love to say we worship the same God as Muslims do. We do not.
  • If you don’t honor the true Son, you don’t honor God.
  • God requires nothing less than perfection. The perfection of Christ is the only remedy for the whole world.
  • The biggest problem on the planet is “Adam is my dad.” God’s remedy is for a global fall.
  • God is a God of justice. Condemnation is solely on the basis of the revelation that they’ve had. Romans 1:18
  • Gods aims to be known, praised, enjoyed and feared because of His sovereignty.
  • God aims to be known, praised, enjoyed, and feared as a gracious God.
  • The heart of the missionary message is God will save you by grace through faith in Jesus Christ his Son.
  • If the grace of God were for Israel only, there would be no reason for gladness among the nations.
  • God give his people wealth for the sake of the world’s worship. He blesses his Church w/ riches 4 the sake of reaching nations
  • God didn’t design for u to give & lose, but 4 both u and the nations to gain. He means for you 2 receive double blessing
  • I don’t mind the term missional, but we need full understanding of it. I want the young missional guys to get global mission – Piper

Nations Be Glad:

  • “And in the very place where it was said to them, ‘You are not my people,’ there they will be called ‘sons of the living God.'” Romans 9:26
  • “God prospers me not to raise my standard of living, but to raise my standard of giving” -Randy Alcorn
  • The value of money is amazing when its invested in God’s kingdom
  • Despite extreme persecution, there is still an estimated 400,000 Christians in North Korea
  • How are we to enjoy life? Every gift is to be enjoyed as from God and not like a god.
  • God cares more about how you react if you lose that property than the property itself
  • “The church that does not evangelize will fossilize.” Oswald J. Smith
  • One third of the world has ZERO witness of Jesus
  • Never blow off statistics when statistics are real people for whom Jesus died.
  • The great commission wasn’t given to a missions organization, it was given to the Church
  • A love for lost souls is a very good secondary motivation for why we go. The first is the glory of God. We go for the Lamb of God.
  • The need of the hour is for more missionaries. Not just any but the right kind.
  • Jesus heals and he uses weak people
  • The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time -Carl F.H. Henry
  • Over 3,700 people groups are unengaged
  • Let’s cut short the process of “should I go” and ask three questions: Have you seen that God? And have you felt that desperate and felt that kind of grace and did you hear God when he said whom should we send?
  • Christ is more precious than being safe from insults. – John Piper
  • God burns a portion of the Bible into you. It takes you and won’t leave you. Over time, it shapes & directs you.-Piper

David Sills:

  • The world will not be reached by people who want to save their lives or be pampered.
  • “Hearing the missionary call has a great deal to do with what you are listening for.”

David Sitton

  • Mission is not a peacetime operation.
  • When I talk about the mission being dangerous, it’s mainly dangerous for the devil.

David Harvey

  • The newly planted church would take responsibility for their region and Paul go to a new area.
  • Baptizing without teaching is birth without growth.
  • How does the church respond to the Great Commission? By planting churches.
  • Amazing: “I have many in this city who are my people.” Acts 18:10 – There weren’t any Christians there yet!

David Vanderstelt

  • You’re not living where you’re living by mistake. He wanted a priesthood there…that’s you! 1 Peter 2:9
  • Are you a worship leader? If not, you are either unregenerate or unaware of your calling. Matthew 5:16
  • Learn how to love one another as a family so when someone looks in they know what the father is like
  • This is the hardest thing you’re going to do in your life…and the best thing.
  • There is no reason to have neighbors who have never heard the gospel!

Thanks to PerspectivesWCM and NationsBeGlad among others who tweeted during the conference.

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