For 17 years Dr. Jerry Rankin was assigned the impossible task … if he served in his own strength … of being President of the International Mission Board with its thousands of missionaries advancing the Great Commission of Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19, 20) around the world.
In this brief radio conversation, we discuss an immediate and short term focus of his service as the guest leader for sessions with church planters. It was sponsored by Plant Midwest (www.plantmidwest.com).
One point of discussion was his endorsement of a proven concept called “Training for Trainers” as described at www.t4tonline.org. Missiologist David Garrison observed that T4T is “ ,,, the most powerful church-planting tool in the world today … It embraces the simple principle found in II Timothy 2:2 wherein (1) Paul discipled (2) Timothy who was in turn to (3) disciple ‘faithful men’ who were to (4) disciple ‘others also.’”
We also touched on Jerry’s book, Spiritual Warfare: The Battle for God’s Glory. In it Dr. Rankin provides clear and repeated illustrations that “…our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the powers, against the world forces of this darkness, against the spiritual forces of darkness in the heavenly places…” (Ephesians 6:12 -`NASB))
Jerry Rankin has agreed that he will be available for us to record additional radio segments on this powerful, necessary, and often overlooked subject of very real “spiritual warfare” going on all around us.