We are Missionaries taking the Gospel of our Lord Jesus to the whole world.....
DIVINE MISSIONS (Part One) Lesson 2
"Then said Jesus to them again, Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you." John 20:21
BIBLE PASSAGE: Genesis 12:1-3
A great number of believers are indifferent towards missions and missionary work. Little do they know that missions is the heartbeat of God. God has been behind missionary activities since the fall of man. Today, we want to study about God and His missionary purpose to all nations. May the Lord open our eyes to see what He wants us to see, in Jesus' name.
1. GOD IS MISSIONARY PURPOSE
2. WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
GOD'S MISSIONARY PURPOSE
If not for God who revealed to us through His word, we would not have known that we are supposed to take the Gospel to the whole world Matthew 24:14; 28:19·20; Luke 24:47. God created man for His glory and to fellowship with Him but Satan came in and destroyed that fellowship Genesis 2:19·22; 3:5; Isaiah 43:21. God is interested in removing every barrier to that fellowship. God is a missionary God. We can see God's missionary purpose to all nations right through the Bible particularly after the tragic fall of man - Genesis 3:1·15; Jonah 1 :2.
God's first reaction was to promise that the seed of the woman would crush the head of the serpent, even though he would also suffer in the process - Genesis 3:15. Sin and defeat came to all people through the head of the human race, Adam. The defeat of Satan will come for all Adam's descendants (all nations) through this promise.
The covenant with Noah and his descendants - Genesis 9:1·17, was with all mankind in every nation. The call of Abram - Genesis 12 was not to give special privileges to a special nation but to provide a means for God to save all nations. God needed someone to keep the knowledge of the true God alive in the world. God's intention was to use a nation who would write down the revelations of God and preserve them as a message to all nations (the Bible.) In the nation, He used a family as the preserver of truth. God told Abraham, “...in thee all families of the earth be blessed." - Genesis12:3, 18:18, 22:18. Therefore, the call of Abraham was purposely aimed at bringing salvation to all nations.
WHO IS A MISSIONARY?
Some people think a missionary is a white man who comes from a rich country, advanced in technology and education. Because of the advantages, of his culture, he comes to help those less fortunate by starting schools, hospitals and preaching the Gospel. The word, "missionary" comes from the Latin word, "mitto"which means, "to send." The Greek equivalent is "apostello." A missionary then is someone who is sent with a commission from a higher authority - John 20:21; Acts 13:1-3. Some of the missionaries introduced to us in the Bible are Jonah, Barnabas, Silas, Timothy.
Since God takes missions seriously, we as His people should not do less. We must find our place in the business of preaching the Gospel to the whole world and play our parts well.
1. Why is missions the heartbeat of God?
2. How do you know a missionary?
3. What kind of blessing is God talking about in Genesis 12:3?
BLESSED WEEK WITH THE HOLY SPIRIT
MONDAY: Jonah 1:4 - Do not cause people trouble by refusing to preach to them.
TUESDAY: 1 Corinthians 1:18 - You are denying people the power of God if you fail to preach the Gospel.
WEDNESDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:16 - We are not doing God any favour if we share His love with sinners. It is a command.
THURSDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:18 - We should not preach the Gospel with the intention of exploiting people. .
FRIDAY: 1 Corinthians 9:29 - We must practice what we preach so that we would not be hypocrites. .
SATURDAY: 2 Corinthians 4:8 - Doing God's will may bring persecution but we must not relent. .
SUNDAY: 2 Corinthians 4:5 - Jesus only should be our message and nothing else.