Like local evangelism, the focus of “missions” is to get the good news of Jesus Christ to those who need to hear. The difference is that it is usually in a faraway place. Even as Paul traveled extensively to places that had not yet heard the good news, so we desire to see men and women go off to unreached peoples, taking with them their Bibles and the gospel message.
It is our desire for missions to be an important part of GBC Allen. That should show itself in these ways:
By training and encouraging people to actually pursue becoming a missionary
- By encouraging parents to point their sons and their daughters in this direction
- By making local evangelism a priority
- By praying for specific missions activities regularly
- By making missions a significant portion of the church budget. If we’re giving 10% of the church budget for foreign missions, that’s a half-decent start, but we’d like to do much better!
A modern saying about missions is that each Christian is either a “goer”, a “sender”, or “disobedient”. We realize there will be more senders than goers, and that is fine – we just don’t want to be those that are disobedient.
May God bless the faithful proclamation of the gospel of grace throughout the world! And we will be blessed if we’re a small part of that.
If you are brave and want to be challenged, try reading the quotes below – and see if these men of God believed that foreign missions is important…
Some people spend more money on grooming their dogs than they give to the mission of God in discipling the nations. – Burk Parsons
God had only one Son, and He was a missionary. – David Livingstone
We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first. – Oswald J. Smith
Gospel-centered involves being exporters of trained people, not hoarders of trained people. – Chan Kilgore
If there be any one point in which the Christian church ought to keep its fervor at a white heat, it is concerning missions. If there be anything about which we cannot tolerate lukewarmness, it is in the matter of sending the gospel to a dying world. – Charles Haddon Spurgeon
No man is truly awake today who has not developed a supra-national horizon to his thinking. No church is anything more than a pathetic pietistic backwater unless it is first and fundamentally and all the time a world missionary church. – James S. Stewart
The true greatness of any church in not how many it seats but how many it sends! – author unknown
“I am going down into the pit; you hold the ropes,” said Carey the pioneer missionary. They that hold the ropes, and the daring miner that swings away down in the darkness, are one in work, may be one in the motive, and, if they are, shall be one in the reward. – Alexander MacLaren
Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story. – K.P. Yohannan
If God would grant us the vision, the word ‘sacrifice’ would disappear from our lips and thoughts; we would hate the things that seem now so dear to us; our lives would suddenly be too short; we would despise time-robbing distractions and charge the enemy with all our energies in the name of Christ. May God help us to judge ourselves by the eternities that separate the Aucas from a comprehension of Christmas, and Him, who, though He was rich, yet for our sakes became poor so that we might, through His poverty, be made rich. Lord God, speak to my own heart and give me to know Thy holy will and the joy of walking in it. Amen. – Nate Saint
I’ve heard people say, “I want more of a heart for missions.” I always respond, “Jesus tells you exactly how to get it. Put your money in missions- and in your church and the poor- and your heart will follow.” – Randy Alcorn
The bedrock of missions is not the value of man. It is the spread of God’s glory. The biblical commitment to evangelism and missions is rooted in God’s passionate concern to make His name known. – Steve Fernandez
We face a humanity that is too precious to neglect. We know a remedy for the ills of the world too wonderful to withhold. We have a Christ too glorious to hide. We have an adventure that is too thrilling to miss. – Theodore Williams
Every Christian who is not called to preach is called to send other Christians to do so. – John Blanchard
The Great Commission is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed. – Hudson Taylor