Summary: A look at our responsibility to reach the world for Christ
We talk a lot about missions in our Church.
Today, I want to explain why.
I grew up in a church where we talked about
I never heard about a specific missionary other than two that were used for fund raising.
I never saw a missionary
Then we moved to a church where I saw my first
real missionary. (Gary Tomberlin)
- They showed pictures of their work
- They told stories of reaching people for Christ
and starting churches.
- I started praying for missionaries and giving to
I still love missions and have a heart for
They’ve answered God’s call
They’ve prepared to go to their fields
They leave family behind
They go to a foreign county all to when people
to Christ, baptize them, and teach them in the
They learn a new language
They learn to live in a different culture.
All for the work of the Gospel
I. The importance of missions
A. Five times the Great Commission is given in the NT
2. Mark 16:15
3. Luke 24:46
4. John 20:21
5. Acts 1:8
(Once in the OT Isaiah 43:9-10)
B. This is what we as believers and the church should
C The Great Commission defined Matthew 28:19-20
1. Making disciples
2. Baptizing them
3. Teaching them
II. The instructions for missions Acts 1:8
1. Jerusalem – home
a. Through the local church
b. Through personal contact
c. Through outreach
2 Judea – the region
a. Through reaching those who are nearby
b. Such as, county, state, nearby cities
3. Samaria – another culture
a. They had stepped beyond their area
b. Across cultures
c. Some have suggested this represents countries
- Canada, Mexico, Caribbean nations
4. Uttermost part of the world – worldwide
b. Across the sea
III. Personal involvement in Missions.
What can I do?
What can we do?
1. Specifically (by Name)
2. Daily (1Th. 5:17 Pray without ceasing.)
3. For God to raise up more missionaries
Matt. 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.
1. Our missionaries are supported out of our
a. We support 14 missionaries
b. At $100 a month
2. Give to our missions’ fund.
a. Was our Sunday School offering
b. Now by envelope (special or marked)
3. You can give to a missionary directly
a. Mark the name on the envelope
b. Ask about supporting them directly
c. Give when they come
1. Go locally (work, neighbor, JERUSALEM)
2. Work locally in your church
3. Answer God’s call
We MUST be a part of missions
We must be obedient to His Command
John 4:35…Lift up your eyes, and look on the fields; for they are white already to harvest.
Ask – What can I do to reach the world for Christ.