A Missions Minded Church
I was in the office of a well known college president some years ago, after I had done some institute work overseas. He said to me, “I believe you could help me plant institutes all over the world, couldn’t you?” I said to him without any hesitation, “No, I could help you plant churches all over the world.” I never had another conversation with that man. The Biblical mandate of getting missionaries to the field must not take a back seat to other projects. These projects are not necessarily wrong, nor is it unbiblical to support them. What is wrong is to sacrifice the things we are commanded by God’s Word to do, in order to do the things that we want to do. It is not difficult to do the things that make us feel good, give us prestige, and validate our own agendas. Many of those things are permitted within the scope of Bible teaching, but they may not all be commanded. When it comes to missions we are commanded to conduct ourselves in such a way that souls will be won to Jesus Christ, and churches will be planted with those who have been won to Christ. Authentic churches are to train their workers and reproduce themselves wherever they are. The field is the world. Men often have a blurred vision when called upon to distinguish between Church building for the glory of the Lord and kingdom building for the glory of a man. We do have a Biblical Mandate. Having a mission’s conference and supporting missionaries is not all there is to having an authentic mission’s minded church.
- Churches are to PRAY FOR laborers. Matthew 9:38 Pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, . . . But the job does not stop in praying for laborers.
- Churches are to TRAIN the laborers. 2 Timothy 2:2 And the things that thou hast heard of me among many witnesses, . . .But the job does not stop in training the laborers. |
- Churches are to SEND the laborers. Acts 13:3-4 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. But the job does not stop in sending the laborers.
- Churches are to SUPPORT the laborers. 2 Corinthians 8: 7 Therefore, as ye abound in every thing, in faith, and utterance, and knowledge, and in all diligence, and in your love to us, see that ye abound in this grace also. But the job does not stop in supporting the laborers.
- Churches are to FELLOWSHIP with the laborers. 3 John 1:6:8 We therefore ought to receive such, that we might be fellowhelpers to the truth. But the job does not stop in having fellowship with the laborers.
A church that wants to be an authentic missionary minded church will not allow their missionary involvement to end at the conclusion of the mission’s conference, or when the missionary has arrived on the field.
- There are letters to write
- Birthdays and anniversaries to remember
- Prayers to offer
- Projects to support
- Expenses to meet
- Vehicles to purchase
- Buildings to build
- Emails to send
- Pictures to take
- Encouragement to offer
- Visits to the field to make – Etc.
A pastor may not be able to complete all of the tasks by himself. But surely, if he is the pastor of an authentic New Testament, missionary minded, Baptist church, he will see that these matters are not neglected. Praying for, sending, supporting, and standing by, authentic missionaries is an often repeated priority in the Word of God.