"What is Christian Missions?"
Christian missions is following Jesus Christ’s call to make disciples of all people; sharing the Gospel message with the lost world, we do this with the help of the Holy Spirit who gives to us both the wisdom and strength needed.

Christian missions is obeying Jesus Christ
After Jesus’s death and resurrection, He commanded the disciples to share the Gospel, the message of His redemption. “Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.  Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20).

This Great Commission, applies to us as Christians the same today as it did when it was spoken. Rather than a burden, obeying Jesus call brings joy and reward in heaven. We therefore must fulfil our mission not out of duty but out of love: “Either way, Christ’s love controls us. Since we believe that Christ died for all, we also believe that we have all died to our old life.  He died for everyone so that those who receive his new life will no longer live for themselves. Instead, they will live for Christ, who died and was raised for them. So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now!  This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!
 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him.  For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people’s sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation.  So we are Christ’s ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, “Come back to God!”  For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.” (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).

God could easily convert everyone on his own by using a blinding light and the voice of Jesus Christ as He did with the apostle Paul. Instead, He gives us Christians the mission of reconciliation (Acts 1:8-9). He works through us, calling sinners to turn to Christ in repentance and faith.

Christian missions is sharing Jesus Christ

Our mission is proclaiming Jesus Christ as the only way to an abundant, eternal life.
Whom do we tell? Jesus made it clear that Christians are to reach out to “all the nations” (Matthew 28:19). Instead of countries, he was referring to people groups, those ethnic cultures without a Gospel witness.

Christian missions, however, is not limited to overseas ministry. While believers should faithfully support those who go to the unreached, all Christians have the mission to share Jesus Christ in their own home, backyard, across the street, in their neighbourhood, work place, sports field or arena or social scene, with family, friends, neighbours, co-workers, strangers and the community.

The Christian mission of sharing Jesus Christ does not end with the unsaved finding salvation. The commission was to make disciples – not immature believers. Thus, Christian missions involves not only evangelism but also discipleship.

Christian missions is relying on Jesus Christ

Sharing the Gospel humbly, boldly, enthusiastically, realistically and passionately is our Christian mission. But we cannot do it alone. While our mission is sharing Jesus Christ, the power and results come from our God. He gives us the wisdom, the strength, and the desire to be His witness! Through our witness, He works repentance and faith in the lost person’s heart (2 Corinthians 5:20-21).

Although it is God's work, Christians are responsible to understand the Gospel and have a strong relationship with Jesus Christ. Such a relationship guards them from hypocrisy. “Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.  But do this in a gentle and respectful way. Keep your conscience clear. Then if people speak against you, they will be ashamed when they see what a good life you live because you belong to Christ.” (1 Peter 3:15-16). Jesus assured that suffering would accompany missions, but God uses it for our good.

To sum up, Christian missions is obeying Jesus Christ, sharing Jesus Christ, and relying on Jesus Christ. Specifically, God sends missionaries through the support of the church to the unreached People Groups.

All Christians, however, have the mission of reconciliation, (the act of causing people to become friends again with God). The Lord works through them to rescue the lost. What greater purpose can you find to do with your life than be found doing Missions? Helping those who have been chained by sin to to find freedom, in Jesus Christ the chains are brocken and we are set free...




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