“Moreover whom he did predestinate, them he also called: and whom he called, them he also justified: and whom he justified, them he also glorified.” Romans 8:30
In our past lessons on this series, we have had the understanding that the Trinity takes active part in the work of missions. In this final lesson, we want to learn about other things that we need to know to complete our understanding of this topic.
THE MISSIONARY CALL
If by “missionary” we mean someone who is called to witness for Christ, then every Christian is a missionary. But this is not how the term would be used here.
A missionary is one sent across geographical and/or cultural boundaries to proclaim the Gospel. If this is true, every Christian is a missionary. Then one may ask, how do I know I have been called as a missionary?
One of the ways by which you can know is through a burden or a desire. Has God put a desire in your heart to do missionary work? Such a desire may be temporarily aroused emotionally by an eloquent preacher or worker but if the desire or burden persists in your heart and follows you even without the words of others, it is likely that God Himself is putting it in your heart.
Another way may be through a dramatic and outward circumstance and the word and the witness of the Holy Spirit whereby certain verses of scriptures on missions are imprinted on your heart. You can also have visions and dreams – Acts 16:9.
QUALIFICATION OF A MISSIONARY
For a person to be qualified as a missionary:
He must be spiritual, if not, there will be problems.
A carnal mind cannot understand the things of the Spirit -1 Corinthians 2:14.
He must be genuinely converted – John 3:3-5,
Must be of healthy motive- 2 Corinthians 5: 14,
Attend missions school – 2 Timothy 2: 15
PREPARATION FOR THE WORK
It is important that one has a solid training in the word of God before going to the mission field. There are many Bible schools and theological seminaries around. This aspect is very important because if one does not have a solid background, he may not be successful in the field. Subjects like Biblical Theology of missions, Evangelism, Discipleship and discipling, Cross Cultural Church Planting, Cross cultural Communication, Spiritual Warfare etc should be part of one’s missionary preparations. It is important to take the training either in ones country or in the country one intends to do the missionary work. If one decides to go overseas for the training, this may not be good enough because overseas training is aimed at training people from that culture and it might not be appropriate to you as an African.
Once one has decided to be a missionary, one has to decide the organisation one would work with. When considering any mission, one must find out their vision, what training they require, what fields they work in, their financial policies, the authority structure, field policies and any other thing that would make you know whether one would be able to fit in with them. One can belong to a denomination or church that has a mission programme and that sends out missionaries – Acts 13:1-5.
One can also go out independently but then it is important to be sure of prayer and financial support in this regard. Paul had a church supporting him but also had a job (tent-making) to support himself.
YOUR ROLE IN MISSIONS
Every believer has a role to play in making the Gospel reach the ends of the earth. It is true that not all Christians are called to be missionaries, however, there are other ways of taking part in the work of missions apart from going to the mission field.
Every believer must ask God to show him His plan for his involvement – Leviticus 24:12- 14; Acts 9:6. If you cannot be a full time missionary, you can be a tent-making missionary. This means you can be doing your secular or professional job or be attending a school and witness for Christ through a consistent life and testimony as time and law of the land permits. This would be very useful in countries that are hostile to the Gospel where the Gospel cannot be preached freely. Another role you can play is by praying – 2 Thess. 5:17; Mark 9:38; Luke 18:1; Eph. 6:18-19.
Prayer is work. You must be committed to praying for missionaries you know and the ones you do not know. Pray for breakthrough, pray that doors would be opened to preach the Gospel. Pray for countries that are hostile to Christianity particularly Islamic countries. You may also form a prayer group that would meet regularly to pray for the missionary work at home and abroad.
You can also be involved financially or giving money for mission work. There are churches, like the R.C.C.G., that are deeply involved in missions. You can send money to the supervising body for the furtherance of the work. Paul’s ministry enjoyed the financial backing of friends like Aquila and Priscilla, and the church, both collectively and individually – Romans 16: 1-5; Philippians 4: 15-18.
God our Father has called us to be co-labourers with Him. It is a privilege for us to be in His service. So let us arise and do our part in reaching the perishing. You will only be remembered by what you have done for God.
- God is the best confidant.
-It is easy to receive when we have the faith of a child.
- When we put our priorities right, we will be successful.
- Do not look for power elsewhere. God has it.
- God sees all that we are passing through. He will help us.
- Let God fight your battle for you.
- God can change any situation, no matter how bad.
Thank You Jesus!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Pastor E A Adeboye With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your son Pastor Yemi Osinbajo With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Mr Donald Trump With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
Father! In The Mighty Name Of Jesus Christ Your Son! We Cover Your Son Reuven Rivlin With The Precious Blood Of Jesus! He Shall Finish Strong, To Your Glory Through Christ Jesus Our Lord And Saviour! Amen!
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