Global Missions engagement is at a low in America.
Over 60% of North America and Europe is unchurched.
- Barna: The Great Disconnect 2021
Many Christians do not know the Great Commission.
Half of people say they have never heard of the Great Commission and can’t correctly identify the scripture associated with this command from Jesus. They also don’t view missions as a mandate for the entire church but rather are most likely to believe missions is a calling for some.
-Barna: The Great Disconnect 2021
What are you doing with your life?
THE GREAT COMMISSION:
Jesus came and told His disciples, 'I have been given authority in heaven and on earth. Therefore go make disciples of all nations baptizing then 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 this age.'
'But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you and you will be my witnesses telling people about me everywhere in Jerusalem , throughout Judea, in Samaria and to the ends of the earth.'
MISSION: The sending activity of God.
Scripture is very clear in helping us understand that …EVERY BELIEVER IS A SENT ONE. The command to be on mission is for every follower of Jesus. It is impossible to read Scripture and miss the command to be people on mission.
-Nik Ripken: The Insanity of Obedience
1 - PRAY
Praying for global missions and outreach is a calling for all believers.
Pray for me too. Ask God to give me the right words so I can boldly explain God’s mysterious plan that the Good News is for Jews and Gentiles alike. I am in chains now still preaching this message as God’s ambassador. So keep on praying that I will keep on speaking boldly for Him as I should.
2 - SUPPORT
As you know, you Philippians were the only ones who gave me financial help when I first brought you the Good News and then traveled on from Macedonia. No other church did this. Even when I was in Thessalonica, you sent help more than once.
3 - GO
Among the prophets and teachers at the church of Antioch and Syria were Barnabas, Simeon (called 'the black man') Lucius (from Cyrene) Manaen (the childhood companion of King Herod Antipas) and Saul. One day as these men were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said , 'Appoint Barnabas and Saul for the special work to which I have called them.' So after more fasting and prayer, the men laid their hands on them and sent them on their way.
A praying church is a sending church.
That was the first time that I felt His presence!
-Linda Yang, LA Missions Trip 2021 Team Member
There is no shortage of ministry needs of people who need to know about Jesus. But there is a shortage of God’s people getting out of their comfortable houses, and comfortable churches and comfortable routines and being on Mission.
-Mary Wiley: Everyday Theology
The missional life is not for just a few, but YOU AND I are ALL CALLED by Jesus to EMBRACE the Great Commission.
PRAY - SUPPORT - GO!
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