The Importance of Missions

Text: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16.  One of the great themes of the Bible is evangelism and missions. Even in the Old Testament, the Jews were supposed tell others about the  One True God.  We  see this theme elaborated  more in the New Testament.

All throughout the Old Testament, a Redeemer was promised. There are  prophecies  starting in Genesis 3:15 through Malachi  about the promised Messiah.

The Apostle Paul told us in Galatians 4:4, that God sent forth His  Son. Jesus was  born, lived and  died for our  sins and was  resurrected according to the Scriptures (I Cor. 15:3-4). After the  resurrection He gave the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16), first of all to the  Eleven Disciples and then to us today.

In Acts 1:8-9 we read of His ascension into Heaven after  He gave them the  commission  to start  where they were with the  preaching  of the Gospel and then spread out to other lands.  This  should be our  pattern for  missions. Some are called to be  foreign  missionaries, while some are  called  to be  missionaries  here in the  USA, and  ALL of us are called to be  missionaries in our “world,” our circle of influence.

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