• Foundations

    Solid Biblical Teachings
“But you, beloved, building yourselves up on your most holy faith, praying in the Holy Spirit, keep yourselves in the love of God, looking for the mercy of our Lord Jesus Christ unto eternal life.”

Jude 20-21

What is foundations?

In this ‘Foundations’ section, we talk about the spiritual life skills needed for longevity in missions - a strong walk with God, knowing how to lay hold of His Word personally and understanding spiritual warfare. We need many other skills besides these, and that is what cross-cultural training is all about. But without knowing how to lean into God’s wonderful Master Care, which undergirds everything, we still can easily founder on the rocks of many kinds of testing.

What are the fundamentals that need to be in place for missionaries to thrive in the call of God to serve Him in a culture other than their own? There has been much debate on this issue and reasons given for why ‘missionary attrition’ (defined as ‘leaving the field earlier than intended for preventable reasons’) takes place.

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December 1, 2020

5 Lessons Joseph Teaches About God and His Plans for Our Lives

  Ross Paterson's message, recorded at Bread of Life International Church. He encourages us with five lessons from one of his favourite biblical figures, Joseph. You can watch the full service here. Enjoy learning about Joseph? Why not Ross' podcast series on the life of Joseph? Find out more about Bread of Life International here.    […]
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November 1, 2020

Waiting for God - James 5: 7-11

  Ross Paterson's sermon recorded for the pacesetters at Hinghwa Methodist Church, Singapore In this sermon, Ross examines James 5: 7 - 11 on the topic of 'Waiting for God'. We examine the Greek word 'Parousia' - the final coming of Jesus. Ross encourages us to be patient, stand firm, not to grumble and to […]
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October 28, 2020

What do you want Jesus to do for you? | Mark 10:46-52

    After many months away from Taiwan, Ross Paterson returns to The Hope Church in Taiwan to preach on the topic of 'What do you want Jesus to do for you?' from Mark 10: 46-52.   46 Then they came to Jericho. As Jesus and his disciples, together with a large crowd, were leaving the […]
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June 5, 2020

Sermon | Hannah: Ordinary People Making a Difference

  Ross Paterson's sermon on the example of Hannah. If you'd like a more in-depth look into the example of Hannah, check out Ross' engaging and challenging bible study series on Hannah here.
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January 16, 2020

Quiet Time #1: Importance of Quiet Time

What is the quiet time and what does it have to do with cross-cultural mission? In this series, Ross takes us through his thoughts on daily devotionals and how to approach them. The importance of daily quiet time is underlined by this quote from John Wesley. "Whether you like it or no, read and pray […]
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January 15, 2020

Quiet time #3

Ross shares his three elements of a quiet time, bible reading, prayer and worship.
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January 15, 2020

Quiet Time #2: Should We Follow A Structure?

When we have our quiet times, should we have a plan or leave it to spontaneity? Ross investigates what scripture can teach us on this topic. Jesus sets an example of regular, structured devotional time which we will hear about in this video.
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October 24, 2018

Joseph Part 2

[Music] Hi, this is Ross Paterson. I started last month on the subject of Joseph, and I'd like to continue with that. This month I want to look at two keys to faithfulness in Joseph's life. Now, I suspect that some of us will know those keys but I want to give a slight, as […]
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May 21, 2018

When My Own Abilities Aren’t Enough - Thoughts on Mark 16:15

I stood trembling in front of the gathered assembly in Ludwigshafen. It was the summer of 1978, and I was going to preach my first evangelistic sermon in German. Though I had attended a German elementary school, I had no theological vocabulary. I had hardly spoken German in 14 years. As I preached, I wondered […]
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February 8, 2018

Quiet Time 2: Should we follow a fixed structure?

In this second lesson on Quiet Time I want to discuss the Balance Between Legalism and Being Too Casual
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January 29, 2018

Quiet Time 1: Importance of Quiet Time with God | Christian Resources | Cross Cultural Mission Tips

This is the first talk in the series, and I will cover the following: What is a Quiet Time? What does that have to do with Cross Cultural Mission? What are some problems that people face with regards to Quiet Time?
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