I was asked to preach at Philippine Baptist Theological Seminary for one of their chapel services. I decided to preach on a missions topic— difference between “Finishing the Task” and “Faithful to the Task.” As I was preparing for the sermon, I found a couple of articles by Matthew Bennett, Missions professor at Cedarville University. Since I attended Cedarville back in the 1980s, I am glad to see good things coming out of CU– at least in the area of Missiology (hopefully other things as well). My plan is to contrast the modern Protestant slogan “Finishing the Task” with “Faithfulness to (Christ’s) Task” by looking at the somewhat extreme contrast of ways that the early church identified its task with regards to people of the Samaritan faith.
I strongly recommend reading Matthew Bennett’s articles.
Finishing the Task? A Cautionary Analysis of Missionary Language (4-Parts)