The Following is the first in a series regarding Missions. What is it? Why do we do it? Who does it involve? Hopefully this will be encouraging and helpful.
Romans 10: 13-17
“For everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved”. But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have not heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, “Lord who has believed what he has heard from us?” So faith comes from hearing and hearing through the word of Christ.
Take that last verse and stick it in your back pocket for next time. For now lets answer the question of why we would do missions? It may seem self-explanatory, but at the simple risk of encouraging us all the more to pursue the spread of God’s gospel…here we go 🙂
I Peter tells us that it is the will of the Father that all might be saved. We know however that this is not the case for everyone. There will be those that perish without the salvation of Jesus Christ and His Righteousness. However, Paul affirms here a solid truth that as believers we must hold on to when he quotes the prophet Joel by saying that everyone who calls upon the name of the Lord will be saved. This is amazing!!! In this we find the will of the Father come to fruition and we rejoice at the thought that all tribes and nations and tongues will be represented one day before the throne…why? Because ANYONE who calls will be saved.
However, we also find from scripture that those without Christ are spiritually dead. A dead man cannot call out. They are ensnared and under capture of the Evil One (2 Timothy 2:26). Thus the dilemma. Our brother Paul gives the solution.
They cannot call upon him in whom they have not believed – ok…makes sense if they don’t actually believe in Christ…they won’t call upon Him to be saved
They cannot believe in Him of whom they have not heard – This also fits. You can’t possibly believe in something you do not know about.
How are they to hear without someone preaching – Incredibly enough this fits as well. Someone (in whatever avenue of communication) has to actually inform you for you to “hear” and comprehend.
How are they to preach unless they are sent – We have to GO to people to tell them the good news
The conclusion from Paul’s walk through is simple. Those who are lost in darkness cannot call out and be saved unless we go. Unless we are sending (Whether in official capacity or earnestly encouraging one another to go to our neighbors) and going, we cannot tell anyone of Christ’s death, burial and resurrection. If we do not tell them, they won’t hear. If they don’t hear, they will not believe. And if they don’t believe, they will not call. And if they don’t call they will NOT BE SAVED.
So why Missions? Because when it comes to the Lost being Found,
The Church is God’s plan for His Mission