Articles by Gotfried Oosterwal
Dr. Gosterwal is one of our respected workers in Netherlands New Guinea, and he has specialized in the study of anthropology.
The conclusion to this two-part series.
Tackling a thorny question
AFTER a hundred years of over seas mission the Adventist Church has grown from a small community of about 6,000 believers in 1874 to a worldwide movement of nearly 2.4 million believers to day; from an exclusively America-based group to a universal church, 80 percent of whose members now live outside North America. And, if the present differences in the annual growth rates continue, ten years from now approximately 85 percent of the Adventist world membership will be found in countries outside North America. . .
The church's mission is to participate in God's own mission. Itself the fruit of God's mission of love, the church is God's agency for the salvation of men, an instrument to carry the gospel into all the world and to gather men from every nation into the one household of God, a living image of God, which reflects His fullness and sufficiency through unselfish love, service, and a holy walk of life. . .
A study of 3,217 members in 28 churches across the Lake Union indicates common denominators for both church and individual growth.
The Healing Mission of the Church. Sickness has its origin in man's broken relationship with God. This we must restore.
Gottfried Oosterwal, professor of mission, presents the case for a city evangelism directed by those who themselves live in the city.
Jesus' own baptism is the prototype of every believer's baptism. One of the implications of that fact is the concept that at baptism the Christian is equipped for the work of ministry.
Is it possible to make Seventh-day Adventists out of all the truth seekers in the world? Should we even try? What, really, are we trying to do in missions, and can we finish the job?
The applications of the same biblical principles vary in differing cultures. These differences, which Scripture warrants, comprise part of the fertilizer that stimulates church growth.