Summary: Missions is the heartbeat of Christianity. Yet, where do missions begin?
And He called the twelve to Himself, and began to send them out two by two, and gave them power over unclean spirits. 7
He commanded them to take nothing for the journey except a staff—no bag, no bread, no copper in their money belts— but to wear sandals, and not to put on two tunics. 8-9
Also He said to them, “In whatever place you enter a house, stay there till you depart from that place.
And whoever will not receive you nor hear you, when you depart from there, shake off the dust under your feet as a testimony against them. Assuredly, I say to you, it will be more tolerable for Sodom and Gomorrah in the day of judgment than for that city!” 10-11
So they went out and preached that people should repent. And they cast out many demons, and anointed with oil many who were sick, and healed them.12-13
Missions, to many people, is what we do “over there” in some foreign country. The truth is we should be doing missions in our own backyard. It’s a shame that we go off to another city, state or country to “do” missions because the lost need to hear the Word. Listen to what Ed Stetzer says about that.
“Many church leaders, however, see evangelism as “something that takes place near us, while missions takes place overseas,” Ed Stetzer and David Putman write. “Our paganized, secularized, spiritualized North American culture should be seen as a mission field.” “The missionary studies the culture, looking for the ways God is already revealing Himself to the people,” the authors recount. “When that ‘bridge’ is found, the missionary can express the eternal truth of the Gospel in a way that is indigenous to the culture. People respond with joy and the Gospel spreads like wildfire through the network of their relationships.” A “missional” church, then, is one that acts like a missionary in its community.” Quoted from “Breaking the Missional Code sees churches as ’missionaries’” written by Mark Kelly (Oct 11, 2006 BP)
Introduction – Missions Motives with Hudson Taylor
When Hudson Taylor was director of the China Inland Mission, he often interviewed candidates for the mission field. On one occasion, he met with a group of applicants to determine their motivations for service. "And why do you wish to go as a foreign missionary?" he asked one. "I want to go because Christ has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature," was the reply. Another said, "I want to go because millions are perishing without Christ." Others gave different answers. Then Hudson Taylor said, "All of these motives, however good, will fail you in times of testings, trials, tribulations, and possible death. There is but one motive that will sustain you in trial and testing; namely, the love of Christ." Source Unknown.
We are in a mission field. Jesus modeled how we are to love others. That makes Him our teacher and…
Their TEACHER 7
Jesus is our teacher. We find in Him the great qualities of a teacher. A great teacher is patient, persistent, perceptive and practical. He finds the best in people and draws it out of them. A great teacher will Challenge us, Cheer us onward and of course, Confronts us when we need it!