The focus of the Missions Ministry is church planting and making disciples for Jesus.
For those who would like to learn more about the missionaries and the Missions Ministry, visit the missions TV in the foyer.
A Biblical View of Missions:
What is the Purpose of Missions
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.” Matthew 28:19-20
- The purpose of missions is to make disciples of Jesus Christ. It is Biblically mandated that we care for those who are physically in need (James 1:27). However, if we are doing those things and we are not teaching the Word of God, we are sending someone to hell clothed and full.
- The Apostle Paul did not go about as a missionary merely to convert individuals, he went to establish churches from which the light might radiate throughout the whole country. The goal of long-term missions should be church planting (Acts 13).
- Missions are not about political boundaries or cultural boundaries; they are simply about going where God has called you and doing what He has commanded you to do. God may send someone down the street, or to the other side of the world (Acts 13).
- The Bible tells us the purpose of short term missions: to encourage, refresh, and meet the needs of the long-term missionary, to provide accountability, and to bring back encouragement to the home church by giving an account of all Jesus has been doing on the mission field (I Corinthians 16:17-18, 2 John 1:12, Philippians 2:25, Acts 8:14, Acts 8, Acts 11:22-23).
What is the Relationship Between the Church and Missionaries?
- Missions are not separate pieces of the body of Christ; they are the natural outpouring of a healthy church. As people are equipped through the teaching of the Word of God, they are raised up and called out by the Holy Spirit. If the vision of a church is to feed, love, and equip the sheep by teaching the Word of God, the Holy Spirit will stir people’s hearts and missions will occur.
- God’s intent is that a local church would lay hands on, and send out those who are called, and that the missionaries would be accountable to, supported by, and linked with them (Acts 13). This allows the missionary to serve without distraction. If the Church were fulfilling her calling, there would be no need for missionaries to go around begging for money.
- When it comes to financially supporting missionaries, Paul sets a beautiful precedent: if a missionary can support themselves, then they should (II Corinthians 12:13-18, Acts 18:1-4, Acts 20:31-35, I Thessalonians 2:6-9, II Thessalonians 3:7-9). When people go to countries where they cannot work (where they do not have the right by law to work), the church should come along side and provide for their needs so that they can spread the Gospel (Acts 13).
Who Should be a Missionary?
- Acts 13:1teaches us that the core members of the church, the leaders, are the ones who should be sent out as missionaries. There are three reasons for this:
- The core members of the church are spiritually equipped for the work of the ministry.
- When the core members are sent out, you can have confidence God will be doing the work through them, because He has already been doing so.
- When the leadership leaves, they create a void, an opportunity for others to be raised up. Once the next person has been raised up, they can be sent out, others can be raised up, and they can be sent out.There is a difference between going and being sent. Acts 13:2-3 lays out the model for being sent. The whole body heard the call from the Holy Spirit to send Saul and Barnabas out. That is how it should be, and this is important, because during the difficult times, you need to have the confidence that it was the Lord who called you.
- God does not always choose to use the people that are best qualified for the job (I Corinthians 1:26). If we were qualified to do the work, then we would tend to rely on our own ability to get it done, rather than being dependant on Jesus. By calling us to a work far beyond our own ability, God ensures we will be dependent on Him. It has been well said that God equips the called, rather than calling the equipped. If the Holy Spirit has sent you out, you can rest in the confidence that He will do the work (Acts 2:47).