Sunday School Lesson 41THE CHRISITAN MISSIONARY
MEMORY VERSE: “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” – Mark 16:15
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 28:19-20
INTRODUCTION: The business of missions includes the Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Church. Mission is a must and all real Christians should be interested.
- Christian Missions And Home Support
- You Can Be Personally Involved
1. CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND HOME SUPPORT
Missionaries are those Christians sent across geographical and cultural boundaries to proclaim the gospel. The take off point is usually from an established body of Christ. It automatically follows, therefore, that the upkeep of the missionary there is the sole responsibility of other members of the body at home. It is written that if a member suffers, other members suffer (1 Corinthians 12:26-26). Christians are supposed to be co-labourers together with God (1 Corinthians J:8-9). Support in prayers and provision of physical needs for the missionaries on the field are the responsibilities of Christians at home. This is missions by proxy. There, on the mission field, it is expected of the missionary to concentrate in order to achieve the purpose for which God has sent him or her (Matthew 6:20-21). Any distractions whatsoever may hinder the speed of his or her primary assignments, Hence, the need for active and prompt home supports.
2. YOU CAN BE PERSONALLY INVOLVED
The woman of Shunem in her spiritual perception found out the man of God (2 Kings 4:8-10). God needed a place for the man of God to lay his head, Both she and her husband agreed to make a chamber for the man of God and put there some essential things needed by him. Apostle Paul commended the Macedonian and Philippian churches for submitting themselves to the will of God and giving their substances for the cause of the gospel (2 Corinthians 11:3; Philippians 4:15-19). Similarly, Priscilla and Aquila, a wonderful Christian couple, were also helpers of Apostle Paul (Romans 16:3-4).
It is obvious that not all born again Christians can be out there on the mission field but all can be involved either directly or by proxy. If you cannot go, you can give and/or groan (pray) in support of missions.
CONCLUSION: God is still calling today, whosoever is willing should respond. You can decide to begin to support a missionary, at least.
- Give the biblical support for missions and home support.
- What is peculiar about the Macedonian and Philippians churches in relation to missions?