What we believe about God affects how we live our lives. For this year’s missions festival, we hope to a) fix our congregation’s eyes on God as our refuge and strength while b) directing the nations to find refuge in God. In Psalm 46, we learn that we have a very present help in trouble—a hope that is unshakeable even amidst the turmoil happening around us and around the world.
When we realize that God is our refuge, we can boldly go into the world risking it all to deliver the gospel to the nations—inviting all peoples to find eternal refuge in God.
M. David Sills (DMiss, PhD; Reformed Theological Seminary) is the A. P. and Faye Stone Professor of Christian Missions and Cultural Anthropology at The Southern Baptist Theological Seminary, where he also serves as director of global strategic initiatives and intercultural programs.
He is the founder and president of Reaching & Teaching International Ministries, which serves people around the world through evangelism, discipleship, pastoral preparation, leadership training and theological education.
His unique combination of hands-on field experience, missions leadership, academic contribution and publishing gives David a unique perspective to bring to speaking engagements and conferences around the world. As such, he is a frequent conference speaker for national and international missions and ministry conferences. He has previously spoken for the Desiring God National Conference, Urbana Missions Conference, To Every Tribe, Master’s College and the Cross Conference, among many others.
Excerpt from his most recent book Changing World, Unchanging Mission: Responding to Global Challenges: “While God’s Word never changes, the world ever changes. To minister effectively, missionaries must engage the world that is, not the world that was. To know how missionaries should adjust for future trends and changes, we must first consider what our unchanging mission is.”
Spring Missions Festival: March 2-5