Summary: Christians are to be on mission, telling people about Jesus.
This is the one topic that most Christians just don’t like to hear about, because it’s the one area where we are most likely not being faithful. We’ll come to Sunday School and Morning worship, Discipleship Training, Evening Worship, Wednesday night prayer meeting and Bible Study, A prayer group or study group here or there, and we’ll help out any way you need us to, but we just don’t want to share the gospel. So we feel guilty, or we may get to the point where we don’t feel guilty anymore. So, I want to share with you a few things about our mission as disciples.
1. We are Commanded to Be on God’s Mission
Jesus’ life gives us a great example of one who is on God’s mission. When He was twelve years old, left in Jerusalem, and they found Him, He said, “I must be about My Father’s business.” In His prayer for believers in John 17 (quickview) , 18, “As you sent me into the world, I am sending them into the world.” Jesus was sent into the world to make it possible for people to be in a right relationship with God the Father, and He says, “This is the mission for my disciples—to help bring people to God.”
2. What Are We To TELL as We are on God’s Mission
The word, T-E-L-L, cane help us remember the content of our message to the lost.
A testimony is simply an account of what a person has seen or heard. In Acts 4 (quickview) , Peter and John were told to stop preaching about Jesus as the Messiah, but they said in verse 20, “We cannot stop telling about the wonderful things we have seen and heard.” Jesus said in Acts 1:8 (quickview) , “...You will be my witnesses...” So, we’re either going to be witnesses about how Christ has made a difference in our lives, or we’re going to be silent witnesses about how we disobey and don’t rely on Jesus’ power to help us.
But if we are striving to live for Christ, then our testimony will be sharing things from our own personal experience the difference Jesus has M-A-D-E in our lives.
M-My life before I met Jesus
A-Awareness of my need for Jesus
D-Decision to put faith in Jesus
E-Examples of the difference Jesus makes in my life.
Your basic testimony includes these points, and part of our mission is to share our testimonies.
Well, it’s kind of an obvious thing probably, but people can only believe in Jesus as their Savior and Lord, if they hear or read the truth about Jesus’ dying for our sins and being raised from the dead.
We either have to give them something to read, or we have to tell them ourselves. The basic ministry of the Gideons is to place the Bible in the hands of the lost, so that, they can read it and God’s Holy Spirit can work within them to convict them of their sin. Some people place tracts or Christian literature around for people to pick up and read.