Missions 101

           Are you ready for the adventure of your life? A trip that will both open your eyes and possibly open your heart, a new look on something that is seldom talked about? Now do not get me wrong this topic is talked about, at least once a year. For maybe a special Sunday or even for a weekend event and no I am not talking about Christmas and Easter. That would be a too easy of a giveaway. Now some “churches” do talk about this topic, some are even very passionate about this. There are even events or week long seminars about this topic, but how many of us would think that this would affect us? Let us open our hearts and minds to see how God will lead us. Maybe it will re light a flame that once burned deep; you may have thought you were the only one with this dream. Let me assure you that you are not alone on this.

Going back to very roots of the bible, back to the very start God has called some to go beyond their own borders. While at the same time, He has called some to stay within their own borders. Now with both aspects in mind, I am going to try and break apart the two. Give biblical examples of both, and point out some of the pros and cons. I am also going to use non biblical examples also. This may end up being a few sessions as well; the topic of choice for this entry is going to be missions. Think of it as missions 101, something the church talks about, but very seldom know about. For those of my non Christian readers, think of this as a crash course on something God will call you to the day you except Christ into your heart. Now some of you may be wondering why I choose this topic and what inspired the idea. What is my story when it comes to missions, how did I know that I was called to missions, and a lot of other questions in regards to that. I am going to answer all those questions and a lot more along this journey. So before I go any further I have a question for you: Are you ready for the adventure of your life to begin? A better question that will keep showing is, are you ready to join the adventure? What is stopping you from starting out on your own adventure? Are you called to go beyond your borders of protection and go into the un-known or has God called you to be a home based missionary?

The term missions: 1) A sending out or being sent out to a special service.2) A group of persons sent by a religious body to spread its religion. So now that we know the definition of the term missions, that should explain it all right? Wow a shorter study then I thought, wrong. That is not even to start to scratch the surface of the term, or even a look into missions. That is just the term that is best used to define the word. But there is a whole different aspect that we have not looked into a lot more we have left to do. In the way of adventure or journey, the suitcases are out and open. Now let’s fill it and get you out the door as well. Starting with the life of Christ, there are numerous biblical accounts as to where He advised that people were ready to hear the Gospel. But the question is who was going to tell them? In Matthew 10:37-38—“The harvest truly is plenteous, but the laborers are few; pray you therefore the Lord of the harvest that He will send out more laborers.” Also in Luke 10:2, He says the same thing how do we know if He is talking to us or to someone else? It looks like to me that the “Christians” are not doing as He called we are not open to the field, we are afraid to leave our comfort zone. The field is not going to come knock on our door as ask to hear the “good news” we need to get out there.

       Once we decide to accept Christ into our lives we get a label over us “Christian and Missionary”, here is what I mean by the latter. Right before Jesus left this earth He left his disciples with a calling, a challenge and something not just to think about but to follow. Matthew 28:18-20 “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Here He told his followers, hey the mission is yours now, go, tell, baptize, and teach. Does that mean we need to venture out and tell every single person we run into about Jesus? No, Jesus will place it unto us who to share with, does that mean not to actively live out our faith and get away with whatever “crap” we want? No again, non Christians will be able to see our faith lived out through our actions, sometimes even more so then with our words. This has just been the first part into a 5 part lesson. Happy Reading, Adam

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