Text: Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-16
It Is A Command From The Lord. Jesus gave the Great Commission and has entrusted with us the privilege of soul-winning.
It Is In The Plan of God (2 Peter 3:9) We see the patience and long-suffering of God in this passage (Praise God! For if He was not patient, none of us would be here today as saved believers in the Risen Lord). God desires that all be saved and has provided through Jesus the way to salvation–but we know that many will not accept Him. People are lost without Christ.
If We Are Saved, We Will Want To Help Others Find Him! We have been called out of darkness into the marvelous light of the Gospel (Col. 1:12-14). Because we have found the light, we must help others (Evangelism and Missions) find the Light–start where you are. Missions are both individual and corporate, local and world-wide. We must let our light shine in a way that will bring God glory (Matthew 5:16).
Jesus Is Coming Again! We have the promises throughout the New Testament that He is personally coming back for us. This should be a motivation for us to be involved in soul-winning and missions. How should the fact that Jesus could come at any moment motivate us? We must be ready at all times and be active in His service. We must be found seeking the lost and strengthening the saved. The more we learn about Jesus and His Church and His Word, the more we will be mission-minded. Christianity is a here and now religion (Titus 2:11-14). While we watch and wait for His coming, we must be active in His service, thus, we will be involved in Missions and Evangelism!