Mission Work – The Great Commission
It doesn’t matter who we are or where we live. As Christians, we are commanded to “Go forth and Spread the Word.” Whether at home or abroad, every Christian automatically becomes a missionary upon accepting Christ. Have you been doing mission work? When was the last time you shared the Gospel?
Mission Work or “Fulfilling the Great Commission”
When was the last time you told someone about Jesus? Do you lack confidence in your ability to witness? Are you afraid of rejection?
Here are some key things to remember the next time you feel prompted by the Spirit to share the Gospel:
- Forget about giving a sales pitch. It is not your responsibility to CONVINCE someone to accept Christ. You have only been commanded to tell them. God draws them to Him through your testimony.
- They are not rejecting YOU. They are rejecting the prompting of the Holy Spirit.
- You do not need to be a Bible scholar. You only need to memorize three Key Points and three Scripture verses.
- The most effective testimony is your own.
Witnessing Made Easy
There are certain things that all Christians need to do in order to be prepared to share the Gospel. First, you need to memorize three key points and three Scriptures:
- ADMIT – All men must admit before God that they have sinned at some point in their lives and need to be forgiven.
- BELIEVE – The person repenting must be willing to believe that God, as Jesus, came and took the required punishment for all sins, wiping the slate clean. It’s already been done, but can only be applied when a person accepts that it happened. Jesus is God, not a man. This is important because MAN cannot save themselves.
- CONFESS – Acknowledge before God and men that they have accepted God’s gift of salvation and that they believe Jesus is God.
There is nothing else required! People do not need to be baptized to be saved (more on that later). People do not need to do good works to be saved (more on that too). The only three things are ADMIT, BELIEVE, and CONFESS. These are the ABCs of Salvation.
- Romans 3:23: “For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God.”
- John 3:16: “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
- Romans 10:13: “For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.”
Keep It Simple – Just Tell Your Story
We highly recommend that you learn additional Scriptures to back up the ones we have provided, but for the new Christian, or those that have trouble remembering, these are the basics. Remember that the most powerful witnessing tool you possess is your own testimony. Just tell your story.
- Don’t give personal details (i.e. admit to being a sinner, but don’t dwell on specific sins)
- Bring Scripture into your story as much as possible. The words of God are POWERFUL!
- Keep it short. Practice writing out your testimony so that it is about 150 words long.
Note: When you witness to a child, keep it as simple as possible. Avoid telling them that they are “saved” because they said the “sinner’s prayer”. They are saved because of what Christ did on the Cross. The prayer is only the acknowledgment of what He did. It’s subtle, but we never want anyone to think they are saved through any actions of their own.
Full-Time Career Missionaries
Even though everyone is called to do mission work, there are certain individuals who are called to full-time careers as missionaries. This may be a man, a single woman, or a couple.
Single missionary women and Missionary wives face great challenges. Their mission work takes a strong faith and a willingness for personal sacrifice.
Lift up their needs to the Lord, right now, as you read this. It really only takes a minute, but it means so much!
“Brethren, pray for us.” 1 Thessalonians 5:25
Lord, we pray that you will:
- Give them the right words, as they share the Gospel in a foreign language.
- Bring friends into their life, so they do not feel lonely.
- Grant wisdom as they raise their children in a foreign culture.
- Provide protection from physical harm.
- Guard their hearts against bitterness and discouragement.
- Flood them with peace and a sense of Your purpose.
Baptism and Good Works
The Bible does command that we should seek baptism AFTER salvation. The portrayal of Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection, proclaims publicly that you believe. It is nothing more than a symbol. Just as a wedding ring symbolizes marriage, so too, baptism symbolizes that you are a child of God. You are still married if you don’t put on the ring. You are still saved if you are not baptized.
The Bible also commands Christians to produce fruit or good works. Once you are saved, you have a responsibility to show the love of Christ through your actions — BUT YOU CANNOT EARN YOUR WAY INTO HEAVEN! No amount of good works suffices to pay the price of admission, only the blood of Christ.
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Mongolia Missions in Action
The Gospel works the same in Mongolia as it does back home in America. There isn’t a different formula; for God’s message of salvation is cross-cultural. It doesn’t need a fancy presentation or to be delivered with captivating attention. You can stumble over the words in a difficult language, and God can still be in it and use you. All that is needed is a willing servant and the power of God’s Word, reaching souls and resounding the truth in their hearts. I’m so thankful I don’t have to be “qualified” for this job, just called and willing. Read More
Worldwide Mission – Every Day Missions
“You’re just a mom taking care of your baby. How could you possibly contribute to worldwide missions? Surely that requires someone more adventurous with more freedom.” Satan whispered to me.
Maybe he’s right. What did I have to offer? The doubts swirled in my head as I glanced over at my snoozing little one. Even if I went overseas on a missions trip, I’d spent most of the time doing what I do every day in the States. Feeding the baby, doing laundry, making meals, cleaning the house, changing diapers, doing more laundry…It sounded so “every day.” Yes, that’s the point. Read More
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