Jesus – The First Missionary
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in” the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
This Sunday was our “missions update” Sunday at Calvary Chapel, and we heard from one of our homegrown missions partners, my daughter Chelsea Ritter.
Each month we take a few minutes of our service to talk about missions for one simple reason: At CCW we believe that missions are an important part of our work as a New Testament church.
This week I’ll be sharing several reasons why we believe missions work is important.
#1 Jesus is our example
If you think about it, Jesus set the example for us as the first New Testament missionary. Consider for a moment:
He “descended from heaven:
“No one has ascended into heaven except he who descended from heaven, the Son of Man.” (John 3:13)
And He did so in order to “seek and to save that which was lost:”
“For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.” (Luke 19:10)
In other words, Jesus was sent out from His home in Heaven with a mission: To tell the world the good news of the gospel. He came to this planet to seek and save the lost.
To me that sounds an awful lot like a missions outreach!
And that mission hasn’t changed, nor has it expired. As individuals, and as a church, we’re called to continued the mission Jesus started until every nation, and every people group have heard the good news of the gospel.
The question we should be asking isn’t “am I called to missions?” The question we should be asking is “what part am I called to play in my churches missions effort?”
Here are a few ways you and I can support our missions effort (I’ll be sharing a few of these each day):
Pray for our missionaries
Every missionary I know asks for prayer, and that’s because missionaries understand that the real power behind their work is prayer. Each month our missions team comes together to pray for our missionaries, and that’s a great time to focus and pray for their specific needs (To find out more, email our missions team at email@example.com).
Communicate with our missionaries
We live in an age where technology has made it possible to instantly communicate with people all over the world. Email, Facebook, and Skype a few options that make it possible to have a personal relationship with our brothers and sisters who minister in the far corners of the world. Missionaries are often far from home, rarely see family and friends, and getting an encouraging email can make a huge difference in their lives. (Again, to find out our missions partners contact, email our missions team at firstname.lastname@example.org)
We can change the world, one life at a time…