This is the first in a 5-part series of articles which undergird all of the content we publish on hesed.com.
“To belong to Jesus is to embrace the nations with Him.”
William Carey, Missionary to India
“We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”
John Stott, late Rector of All Souls Church in London, United Kingdom
“The concern for world evangelization is not something tacked on to a man’s personal Christianity, which he may take or leave as he chooses. It is rooted in the character of the God who has come to us in Christ Jesus. Thus, it can never be the province of a few enthusiasts, a sideline or a specialty of those who happen to have a bent that way. It is the distinctive mark of being a Christian.”
James S. Stewart, Minister of the Church of Scotland
There are several reasons why you may have arrived at this website. You may have stumbled upon it in search results. You may have been told about it by a friend. You may be intrigued by the Hebrew word hesed. You may be looking for resources related to Christian missions.
Whatever the reason you came here, we’re glad that you have found us!
Since you arrived at this particular page, however, we assume that however you learned of hesed.com, you want to learn more about (or are at least intrigued by) Jesus’ purpose for the world and how you can play a part in fulfilling that purpose. In the words of Ralph Winter, the late founder of the U.S. Center for World Mission, you have a desire to “be a part of something that began before you were born, and will continue onward toward the fulfillment of all that God has purposed to accomplish.”
We assume that there is a stirring in your soul, however gentle or strong it might be at the moment, to learn what it means to “embrace the nations with (Jesus).” To know how to be a “global Christian with a global vision.” To understand world evangelization and have your heart be seized by this “distinctive mark of being a Christian.”
It is our desire that through the content on this website, we could play a part in bringing that stirring in your soul into greater fruition.
WHERE TO START
We encourage you to start with the series of four introductory articles which represent the remaining four tabs in the masthead of this website:
Beyond Our Wildest Dreams: recalling the good news of God’s love for us.
We Swear Allegiance: the inevitable result of biblical faith is a life of discipleship.
Our Hearts Aflame: the normative response to Christ’s love is to persuade others to be reconciled to God.
Reshaping Our Wineskins: will we convey the message of God’s love accurately, passionately, and strategically and thus be found to be trustworthy stewards of the message of reconciliation?
The first three articles revolve around truths found in 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 while the last article finds its foundation in several additional passages of Scripture. These articles are meant to be be read in order and are designed to be digested before moving on to the rest of the website.
These introductory articles are not meant to be definitive, but instead should be understood as a starting point for ongoing discussion. As such, the articles may be rewritten over time as our thinking is refined by contributions from the community.
Let’s begin and learn how the love of God is beyond our wildest dreams!