The Bible And Mission Work

I.          INTRODUCTION:

A.  DEFINITIONS:

1.        Mission -  [Webster]  “The sending forth of men with the authority to preach."

2.        Missionary – [Webster]  “One sent on a mission”;  “one sent  to propagate a religion”.

B.   CHRIST WAS SENT TO THIS WORLD AS A MISSIONARY FOR GOD.

1.        He came from God to save the lost.

Luke 19:10  =  For the Son of man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.

John 3:16-17  =  For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.  For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

Matthew 26:28  =  For this is my blood of the new testament, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.

2.        He is our example.

1 Peter 2:21  =  For even hereunto were ye called: because Christ also suffered for us, leaving us an example, that ye should follow his steps:

C.       STUDY WITH ME FOR A FEW MINUTES WHAT THE BIBLE HAS TO SAY ABOUT GOD’S MISSION WORK.

II.       DISCUSSION:

A.  THE SECOND COMMANDMENT OF THE LAW DEMANDS IT.

Matthew 22:39  =  And the second is like unto it, Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.

Comment:  We should be willing to do all that we can to help our neighbor when in need and certainly he is in need of help from the destruction of sin.

B.        THE GOLDEN RULE REQUIRES IT.

Matthew 7:12  =  Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets.

C.       THE GOSPEL IS THE ONLY THING THAT CAN SAVE.

Romans 1:16  =  For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.

2 Thessalonians 1:8-9  =  In flaming fire taking vengeance on them that know not God, and that obey not the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ:  Who shall be punished with everlasting destruction from the presence of the Lord, and from the glory of his power;

Comment:  If we sit by and wait for something else to save them, they will perish.

D.       GOD’S PLAN OF SALVATION DEMANDS IT.

1.        The parable of the sower presents three necessary things to the production of fruit.

Matthew 13:3-8  =   And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;  And when he sowed, some seeds fell by the way side, and the fowls came and devoured them up:  Some fell upon stony places, where they had not much earth: and forthwith they sprung up, because they had no deepness of earth:  And when the sun was up, they were scorched; and because they had no root, they withered away.  And some fell among thorns; and the thorns sprung up, and choked them:  But other fell into good ground, and brought forth fruit, some an hundredfold, some sixtyfold, some thirtyfold."
Matthew 13:18-23 =  "Hear ye therefore the parable of the sower.  When any one heareth the word of the kingdom, and understandeth it not, then cometh the wicked one, and catcheth away that which was sown in his heart. This is he which received seed by the way side.  But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it;  Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.  He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.  But he that received seed into the good ground is he that heareth the word, and understandeth it; which also beareth fruit, and bringeth forth, some an hundredfold, some sixty, some thirty.

a.         Seed.

Luke 8:11  =  Now the parable is this: The seed is the word of God.

James 1:21  =  Wherefore lay apart all filthiness and superfluity of naughtiness, and receive with meekness the engrafted word, which is able to save your souls.

b.         Soil.

Luke 8:15  =  But that on the good ground are they, which in an honest and good heart, having heard the word, keep it, and bring forth fruit with patience.

c.         Sower.

Matthew 13:3  =  And he spake many things unto them in parables, saying, Behold, a sower went forth to sow;

2.        No one can call on the Lord who has not believed, and no one can believe who has not heard.

Romans 10:13-14  =  For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.  How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?

3.        This is the Lord’s arrangement to save man:  Teaching;  Understanding;  Conversion;  and  Forgiveness.

Matthew 13:15  =  For this people's heart is waxed gross, and their ears are dull of hearing, and their eyes they have closed; lest at any time they should see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and should understand with their heart, and should be converted, and I should heal them.

E.        IT IS A COMMAND OF GOD TO PREACH THE GOSPEL TO ALL THE WORLD.

Mark 16:15-16  =  And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.  He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Matthew 28:19-20  =  Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:  Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen

Note:  No one individual can go into all the world, but that does not excuse each of us from doing what we can to accomplish this.

F.        PREACHING THE GOSPEL  -- THE GREATEST WORK OF THE CHURCH REQUIRES MISSION WORK.

1.        The preaching of the gospel is to be made known by the Church. 

Ephesians 3:21  =  Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all ages, world without end. Amen.”

2.        The church is the pillar and g round of the truth.

1 Timothy 3:15  =  But if I tarry long, that thou mayest know how thou oughtest to behave thyself in the house of God, which is the church of the living God, the pillar and ground of the truth.

G.       THE EXAMPLE OF SPREADING THE GOSPEL TO OTHERS WAS  SET BY THE CHURCH DURING  THE TIME OF THE APOSTLES.

1.        The church at Jerusaslem.

Acts 8:4  =  Therefore they that were scattered abroad went every where preaching the word.

2.        The church at Philippi.

Philippians 4:15  =  Now ye Philippians know also, that in the beginning of the gospel, when I departed from Macedonia, no church communicated with me as concerning giving and receiving, but ye only.

H.       THE INSTRUCTIONS CONCERNING PRAYER REQUIRES US TO DO MISSION WORK.

Matthew 9:37-38  =  Then saith he unto his disciples, The harvest truly is plenteous, but the labourers are few;  Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he will send forth labourers into his harvest.

1.        Praying for missionary efforts and doing nothing, is liken unto one praying for bread and never working to receive it.

2.        Faith without works is dead.

James 2:17  =  Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.

3.        Paul ask the church at Rome to pray for him and his mission work.

Romans 15:30-33  =  Now I beseech you, brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me;  That I may be delivered from them that do not believe in Judaea; and that my service which I have for Jerusalem may be accepted of the saints;  That I may come unto you with joy by the will of God, and may with you be refreshed.  Now the God of peace be with you all. Amen.

III.    CONCLUSION:

A.  WHAT HAS THE BIBLE TAUGHT US ABOUT MISSION WORK?

1.        The second commandment of the Law requires us to love our neighbors and we can not manifest love toward him and never tell him about Christ, and neither can we neglect mission work and say of a truth that we love the Lord.

2.        The Golden Rule of doing unto others as we would have them do unto us is a leading principle in mission work.

3.        The need of carrying out mission work is evident in that:

a.         The plan of salvation demands it.

b.         The command to preach the gospel requires it.

c.         The declaration of the gospel is to be made know to the world by the church.

4.        Those that are not doing mission work can not manifest true faithful obedience to the Lord.

B.        WHAT ARE YOU DOING TO SPREADING THE GOSPEL TO THE WORLD?

C.       REMEMBER WHAT THE LORD SAID IN JAMES 4:17   ---

“THEREFORE TO HIM THAT KNOWETH TO DO GOOD,

DOETH IT NOT, TO HIM IT IS SIN.”  

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