Biblical Basis for Missions

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Did the Prophets talk about mission?

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Yes, you will find repeated references to the nations throughout the prophetic books. In Isaiah 2:2-3, you find nations streaming to the house of the Lord. Do note that in verse 3 people are “going” and inviting others to come. It says, the “word of the Lord” has “gone out” from Jerusalem. Then in chapter … Learn More »

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Do we find missions in the Psalms?

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If you take time to read through the Psalms with the nations in mind, you might be surprised. You will find references to the earth, nations or world almost 200 times. Beginning in Psalm 2:7-9, there is a prophecy where the Father promises His Son the nations as His inheritance. Christ’ ownership of the nations … Learn More »

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What is the biggest challenge in missions?

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From a Biblical standpoint, the greatest challenges in missions are: workers, laborers or missionaries. Jesus said in Matthew 9:37-38 and Luke 10:2, “the harvest is plentiful but the workers are few, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out work into his harvest field.” If we understand the authority of Christ, and the … Learn More »

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What do we learn from the Samaritan woman?

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The story of the Samaritan woman, found in John 4, is typical of many of Jesus’ encounters with individuals. Samaritans were a mixed race and hated by the Jewish people. However, Jesus crossed social and cultural barriers to reach out to this woman, and prepare the way for future revival when Philip visited Samaria some … Learn More »

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Don’t we need to reach our own families and cities first?

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There is popular thought that we must reach our Jerusalem first. You may hear people say that they are called to their Jerusalem. This is taken from Acts 1:8 where it says, “You shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in Judea, and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” We now know that … Learn More »

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Can’t I do missions work right here in my own town?

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There is a popular saying, that you are either a missionary or a mission field. Some say that we are all missionaries. Others have posted over the church doorway as you exit the church that, “You are now entering your mission field.” Because of the specific, strategic and significant challenge of Global Missions, it is … Learn More »

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Weren’t the disciples sent to the Jews?

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When Jesus first sent the disciples out to minister in Matthew 10, He sent them strictly to “the lost sheep of the house of Israel.” The 12 disciples represented the twelve tribes of Israel that had become the Jewish nation. However, in Luke 10, Jesus sends out the larger group of 70, representing the seventy … Learn More »

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Was Jesus a missionary?

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It has been said that God only had one son and he was a missionary. He was a “sent one”, sent from heaven to earth. He was born a baby, so He had to learn a new language and customs. Much of Jesus’ ministry was to non-Jewish individuals in non-Jewish cities. He was not ONLY … Learn More »

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What does Jesus say about missions?

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The words of Jesus to us are clear on missions. In each of the four Gospels and the Book of Acts, we find a few final words from Jesus, before His ascension into heaven, and each of those leaves us with a mission’s directive. This is often referred to as The , in which Jesus … Learn More »

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Aren’t a select few actually called to missions work?

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This is where our understanding of the intent of Scripture and the words found in the Bible brings clarity. While the call to missionary work may be selective, the call to missions is not. A missionary needs to possess a specialized gift and skill set that will enable them to live, thrive and minister in … Learn More »