Biblical Basis for Missions

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Is Missions different than Mission?

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Yes. The Mission is the mandate or directive to fill the earth and bring it under dominion. All believers carry that mandate – the Mandate. We all have the same mission, although we may have different roles or parts to play. Missions are those activities that fulfill the mission: preaching, teaching, , outreach, etc. Remember … Learn More »

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Is every believer a missionary?

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Based on the Creation Mandate and the call to ‘Go and Tell’, or to fill the earth, does that make every believer a missionary? No, it does not. While you find that every believer is indeed called to engage the Biblical mandate for missions, not every believer is called to personally go to another land … Learn More »

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What is the foundation text for missions?

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The first spoken words over Adam and Eve, in Genesis 1:28, are clearly missional in intent. When God said to them, “Fill the earth and subdue it, bring it under dominion…” the understanding is that God intends His creation to be earth focused. That same mandate is repeated to Noah in Genesis 9 after the … Learn More »

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What example do we find in the Tower of Babel?

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The Tower of Babel provides a more than obvious object lesson for the missions mandate, or ‘Go and Tell’ model. The directive to Adam was to fill the earth, to spread out. However, in Genesis 11, men have joined forces to build a tower to the heavens, to “build up” and make a name for … Learn More »

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Was Abraham a Missionary?

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Abraham had a very specific call to the world. In Genesis 12:1-4 he was told to “leave his father, his family, his land, and to go to a land that God would show him” and that through his obedience, “all families on earth would be blessed through him.” In Hebrews 11:8-9 it says that, “Abraham … Learn More »

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What is the Biblical Mandate?

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It is important to note that God’s Word is law. Colossians teaches us that the whole world is held together by God’s words. When God speaks, those words are eternal. We can chose to accept or reject what God says, but the burden or responsibility falls on us to know and obey or disobey what … Learn More »

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Do we find Missions at Creation?

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Yes, we certainly find the idea of missions in Creation. It is said of Adam and Eve in Genesis 1:26, “that they would have dominion over all the earth”. God clearly had the whole world in His view at Creation. In verse 28, the first recorded words of God to man, the mandate are given … Learn More »

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When did missions start?

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Abraham had a very specific call to the world. In Genesis 12:1-4, he was told to “leave his father, his family, his land, and to go to a land that God would show him” and that through his obedience, “all families on earth would be blessed through him.” Hebrews 11:8-9 says that “Abraham went out … Learn More »

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Isn’t missions found only in the New Testament?

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No. From the beginning, God has been on a mission to reach the world. Adam, Noah, and Abraham were all told to “fill the earth”. Most of the Old Testament prophets were either called or carried to other nations to give a witness. Solomon built a temple that was to be a witness to all … Learn More »

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Are there any examples of Missionaries in the Bible?

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Yes, there are many. Almost every story in both the Old and New Testament are stories involving a cross cultural witness. Joseph, Esther, Daniel, the three Hebrew children, Ruth, Abraham, Isaac, David & Solomon – are all stories of believers engaging, living in, or witnessing to cultures other than their own. In Genesis 12:1-4, Abraham … Learn More »