Missions

“Go therefore

and make

disciples of

all nations …”

 

 

“…you shall be

witnesses to Me

in Jerusalem, and

in all Judea and

Samaria, and to the

end of the earth …”

From the earliest expression of God’s intent to redeem fallen man, He has appointed a “Seed” that would accomplish the task (Gen. 3:15). That “Seed of the woman” fulfilled in Jesus Christ, was destined to become the “Seed of Abraham” through whom all the nations of the Earth are intended to be blessed (Gal. 3:29; Gen. 12:3). When the Lord says to Israel, just delivered from Egypt, “All the earth is Mine,” He links it to a mission: “You shall be to Me a kingdom of priests” (Ex. 19:5,6). There is no question as to their call being from bondage and into mission. So it is, from the beginning of the Bible story of redemption, the redeemed are assigned to world evangelization. 

The mission endeavor that we have embarked in shows that we, at St Paul’s Church, take at heart Christ’s command to go and make disciples of all nations, as we read in Matt. 28:19,20: “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.”

God has touched and transformed many lives through the evangelization done at St Mark’s Church, the mission trips to the islands in the Indian Ocean (Rodrigues, Reunion, Seychelles, Madagascar), the cell-church programme of multiplication, and most recently the mission trip to Sabah. Jesus said that this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations and then shall the end come (Matt. 24:14) and we are to be His witnesses: “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” (Acts 1:8).

“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach unless they are sent?” (Rom. 10:14,15). This does not mean we must enter public ministry to “preach” the gospel. The Greek word used here for “preacher” means “one who heralds, proclaims, or publishes.” Clearly, every believer is assigned a personal “pulpit” – in the home, the community, at the office, or in school – from which to show and tell others the Good News.In Rom. 1:14, Paul declares, “I am a debtor,” pointedly noting his sense of obligation. Why? He answers in Eph. 2: Man is dead, needing life (v. 1); man is walking a course of destruction, needing deliverance (v. 12); man is hopeless, needing God (v. 13); man is separated from God, needing Christ (v. 14). Jesus concludes the evidence of man’s need: he is lost, needing to be found (Luke 19:10).The answer is here: someone must be sent to preach so that people hear and believe. There is no other way.

 

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