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Abilene, TX
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To the Ends of the Earth

To the Ends of the Earth

If evangelism is communicating the truth about the person and work of Christ, then missions can be thought of as long-range evangelism. It is taking the message of the gospel to the ends of the earth. But while we tend to think of missions as the activity done by missionaries – that is, by those who go – we need to understand it as an activity in which the entire church actively participates. The reason can be seen in the meaning of the Latin word missio, from which the English word mission is derived: missio means “to send.” This concept of “sending” is woven throughout Scripture’s teaching on the mission of the church, for it is, in a way, an emulation of God’s actions in respect to the world. For many, John 3:16 is the most familiar and beloved verse in the Bible. It tells us that our heavenly Father sent His Son to save, not to condemn. Later in that same chapter, John the Baptist speaks of Jesus as “He whom God has sent” (v. 34). And as the Father has sent Jesus, He has sent the disciples. Just as He was given a mission, the disciples have been given a mission. Here we see the biblical basis for the mission of the church in the world – Our Father sends His Son, and He sends the church. Yet, not everyone in the church can go to a mission field or give an eloquent presentation of the gospel in all its beauty. But we are all commissioned to see that the work of evangelism and missions is done. To fulfill that responsibility, we can assist in the sending of those God does call, through every means at our disposal: encouragement, assistance, prayer support, and financial backing. If we cannot go, we must send, just as the Father and the Son have done. Amen.

grace and peace to you,

For Mercy Street Ministries, I’m Stan Baldwin.

“As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world…” -- John 17:18.

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