GIVING MISSIONS PRIORITY IN THE CHURCH-PART 1. Many local churches have understood the plan of God concerning missions today, and they are doing wonderfully good. Many of these churches put mission as major priority in their annual budgeting and planning. A lot of individual disciples are also investing their God given resources and time to advance missions, many are supporting missions through their prayers and many are offering their lives to serve as front line missionaries in different continents. The third world is no longer left out in missions’ venture as many countries that were receiving missionaries are now senders of missionaries. Despite this progress, some churches are still indifferent to God’s missionary call; hence little or no attention is given to missions in their programs and planning. This is not supposed to be so! Every church is to be actively involved in missions. Let us consider what the Lord Jesus Christ said when He talked of the church for the first time in the Bible. (more…)

THE CHURCH’S PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD MISSION-PART 4. “Seeing then that all these things shall be dissolved, what manner of person ought ye to be in all holy conversation and godliness” (2 Peter 3:11).

Many times we call for changes in our society and even in the church, and those changes do not come. Sometime, the reason why we do not see those changes we desire are because we ourselves have refused to change, and sometime the changes do not come  because we are not prepared for the changes we called for. (more…)

THE CHURCH’S PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD MISSION-PART 3. But the word of God continued to increase and spread. When Barnabas and Saul had finished their mission, they returned from Jerusalem, taking with them John, also called Mark” (Acts 12:24-25).

A missionary child was asked to define who a missionary is or what missionaries do. He simply said missionaries go to preach the Word of God to people who have not heard it. As short and simple as this response is, it is very reasonable and correct. A missionary leaves his own people and sometime his country and continent to go and live among people of a different language and culture so as to witness Christ to them.  He demonstrated Christ’s love to the people in different ways and does a lot of good works sometime amidst different forms of challenges but the main goal is for the Word of God to increase and spread. (more…)

THE CHURCH’S PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD MISSION-PART 2.

Spreading the Salt through Missions

“Ye are the salt of the earth.”  Matthew 5:13 Salt gives flavour. Food that in itself is unappetizing becomes tasty and acceptable when seasoned with salt.

The function of the Church is to give flavour to the earth. The one who enjoys this flavour is God. Thus the presence of the Church makes the earth acceptable to God. This presence must, however be spread all over the surface of the earth through missions.  God Himself gave the standing order for the salt of the earth to “Go forth” and touch all corners of the earth. Food that is salted some part and not all over would lose its (more…)

THE CHURCH’S PERSPECTIVE OF WORLD MISSION-PART 1. “Now if you obey me fully and keep my covenant, then out of all nations you will be my treasured possession. Although the whole earth is mine, you will be for me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.’ These are the words you are to speak to the Israelites” (Ex odus19:5-6).

I commented briefly on this passage when I was defining the meaning of a church in “God’s purpose for His church” part 1 but I would like us to revisit it again. A young man asked a question during a devotion  about a week ago why the Lord Jesus Christ  sent the disciples only to the Jews the first time he sent them out in Matthew 10? Of course that could not mean that He was not interested in others.  Israel was highly favoured by God and they were treated differently by Him. They were highly favoured and treated differently compared to other nations. That God took special interest in Israel does not mean that He is not interested in other nations and that He loves them does not mean that He did not others. The main issue is that God positioned Israel in a special way to enjoy His blessing so that others through them might be blessed. Their forefather (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-Part 33.  But the angel said to them, “Do not be afraid. I bring you good news of great joy that will be for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is Christ the Lord.     (Luke 2:10-11)

I wonder if the Bible will not just be one of the historical books, if the portion above is not there, and I doubt if Christianity will make any sense or exist at all, if Christ was not born, and certainly human race would have still be under the yoke of sin and its condemnation if God has not sent the Saviour who agreed to come like a baby. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 31. “Does a maiden forget her jewelry, a bride her wedding ornaments? Yet my people have forgotten me, days without number” (Jeremiah 2:32).

Usually in every culture whenever a lady is preparing to get married, one of the areas where she prepares herself adequately is her physical outlook before the man of her dream on the wedding day. No woman will want to appear shabbily before her groom on the wedding day but beautiful. No woman dresses carelessly to meet her groom on the wedding day but carefully and appreciative. So if there is anything a Bride will forget on her wedding day it is not likely to be her Jewelry or her Ornament. This is one of the reasons why a Bride will have a group of friends around her on the wedding day to help out in her dressing. The earthly wedding demands a very serious outward preparation such that the Bride will not forget her dressing (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 30. “When Rachel saw that she was not bearing Jacob any children, she became jealous of her sister. So she said to Jacob, “Give me children, or I’ll die!” Jacob became angry with her and said, “Am I in the place of God, who has kept you from having children?” (Genesis 30:1-2).

The reaction of Rachel the second wife of Jacob to her state of barrenness gives a picture of how possible it is for a child of God to react in a human way in the face of some life’s challenges. Rachel was supposed to be the first wife of Jacob but her father Laban, deprived her of this for her senior sister Leah because of their culture, by giving Leah to Jacob instead of Rachel that he asked and worked for. (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 29. “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house” (Hebrews 3:1-2).

Many have been given the word to change their world but they have limited their call due to personal ambition. Many have been given the power to pray so as to break the barriers that hinder the preaching of Christ among the heathens but they have limited their prayers to self and worldly-oriented needs rather than kingdom centred ones. Many have been entrusted with wealth to promote the kingdom of God but they have chosen to promote the kingdom of men. This is the reason why the world remains in darkness and it is (more…)

GOD’S PURPOSE FOR HIS CHURCH-PART 29. “Therefore, holy brothers, who share in the heavenly calling, fix your thoughts on Jesus, the apostle and high priest whom we confess. He was faithful to the one who appointed him, just as Moses was faithful in all God’s house” (Hebrews 3:1-2).

The writer of this book had just finished talking of how the Lord Jesus Christ became like man in every way, so as to be able to deliver humanity from sin, death and slavery.

“For this reason he had to be made like his brothers in every way, in order that he might become a merciful and faithful high priest in service to God, and that he might make atonement for the sins of the people” (Hebrews 2:17-18). (more…)