7 Bible Principles for World Missions…Part 1

When Jackie and I first moved to south Mexico as young missionaries and newlyweds we had no partners, no friends or family to support us. We moved to Oaxaca, Mexico with a baby and a Bible and no one to depend on but poor old God and we found out that God was not so poor after all as the Church had taught us.

Fred Price among others told me some 30 years ago, this message changed his life. Another minister heard me teach this and came up and told me that God told him to give me $100,000, and he did. So here in this article I present to you a life-changing, $100,000, Holy Spirit-given message on “7 Bible Principles for World Missions,” and why you should be involved in giving and praying for missionaries and missions.

1. GOD INSTITUTED IT
Missions did not originate in the heart or brain of any human. Not even the Apostle Paul thought up missions, or Billy Graham or even my friend the great veteran missionary statesman T. L. Osborn. It originated in the loving heart of our Father, God who did not want the eternal souls of man to be lost. Missions is not a Church doctrine, but a Bible doctrine, not a human doctrine but a divine doctrine. Jesus was the expressed image of the heart of love of the Father as He came, sent by God to planet Earth as the world’s greatest missionary. I have often said that missions is the oldest ministry in the Bible as it originated in the Garden of Eden when God realized He lost His family and determined to get them back and He prophesied to the snake and said, “Her seed is coming and will bruise your head.” At that point missions, soul winning, salvation, the plan of redemption was born. 

2. MISSIONS IS THE CENTRAL THEME OF THE BIBLE
If you are a Word person, then you are a world person, because what’s in the Bible is the world. I have often said, “Hang around me long enough and I’ll make you worldly minded.” I want you thinking about the world and how to get it saved. You can go into thousands of libraries around the world and find millions of volumes of books about man’s search for God, but the Bible is God’s book about His search for man. As John 3:16 is the central text of the Bible, the Great Commission is the central theme; the thread that runs so true throughout God’s Word, old testament and new. Everything from Genesis leads to the Great Commission and everything to Revelation leads from it.

3. JESUS COMMANDED IT
The Great Commission is not a suggestion but a command. Jesus said, “Go ye,” and ye means you. Every believer is a missionary, either a goer (one who goes) or a sender (one who sends) but every believer and the Church as a whole has the commandment to get the Gospel to the world. Jesus gives us the Great Commission five times; that is very impressive. Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15-18, Luke 24:47, John 20:21 and Acts 1:8. The one thing Jesus told His disciples to get done in His absence; get the Gospel to the world.

(To be continued…)

FATHERS

Our fathers are slipping away; I have been addressing this for some time now. I miss them. For me and others in my group there will be no more.

I know people tell us, “But you are fathers.” I know that, but not to our group, no fathers to come, there will be no more, only peers. There are no greater veteran statesmen, giants, commanders, or better known leaders in the body of Christ around the globe than Oral Roberts, Billy Graham and T.L. Osborn.

People really don’t realize how huge these humble preachers are. Oral has left us for the Heaven he preached about for so many decades. (December 2010) T.L. Osborn too has left this this place to receive his Heavenly reward. (February 2013) We have a few worthy ones like Billy Graham with us still, and we must appreciate them and honor them while they are still here.

Obviously, most of us have our own heroes and fathers, based on our age, location and position. Personally, I think of Wayne and Martha Myers, Dodie Osteen and Frieda Lindsay; world changers every one. I believe it is imperative if at all in your power to attend the funerals of these greats in the faith as they leave Earth for Heaven.

We must honor the Fathers and Mothers that leave us. Showing our honor and respect for them and their families and their ministries is the least we can do. Our attendance and support also speaks loudly to the international community of what giant footprints these great men and women left on the planet, in their faithful decades of preaching the simple Gospel of Jesus… these pioneers who shined the light where the light was dim and named the Name of Jesus where it had not been named. 

Yes, our fathers are slipping away, and I miss them. 

The Impact and Importance of Partnership

I have said for many years, both in my partner letters and from pulpits around the world and to many of you personally that we are eternally indebted and eternally grateful to our partners in this miracle missionary ministry of over four decades. Those words are truly heartfelt and sincere. We do not take our partners lightly but value them and pray for them and constantly decree blessings on them in every area of life; spirit, soul, body, family, finances, home and ministry.

I ministered in a partner church recently on “The Impact and Importance of Partnership” and told them how their partnership with our ministry has literally impacted nations and made history and changed history. That is really what you want your partnership to do, make history, change history, affect nations, accomplish something.

Partnership is really a form of the Ministry of Helps. In the Ministry of Helps you are helping the ministry (what we call the five-fold ministry and the full-time ministry) accomplish the call of God on planet Earth. We clearly see partnership in several places in the scriptures and in particular in the lives of Jesus, David, and the Apostle Paul.

1 Samuel 30:24-25 For who will hearken unto you in this matter? But as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.
And it was so from that day forward, that he made it a statute and an ordinance for Israel unto this day. When many of David’s men said that they only wanted to reward those who went to battle with them, David made a law, an ordinance, a statute, that was to be ongoing in Israel. He said that the law of partnership was so important.

The ones going to battle could not do so unless they had partners at home staying by the stuff, and that they would both be blessed, that they both would share alike. We have prayed this scripture and ordinance for our partners for all these years, that as we go out to battle, and our partners stay by the stuff that we are partners together and God blesses us both; “we part alike.”

Luke 8:1-3 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him, And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils, And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.

These scriptures show us plainly that when Jesus traveled and ministered, not only the 12 disciples traveled with Him, but also there were certain women which ministered to Him of their substance, or they gave to Him, or they partnered with Him. Thank God for women partners and givers; it seems that throughout history, women have been the backbone of the Church.

Matthew 14:35-36 And when the men of that place had knowledge of him, they sent out into all that country round about, and brought unto him all that were diseased; And besought him that they might only touch the hem of his garment: and as many as touched were made perfectly whole.
Here we see that the men got involved. Thi

s scripture shows us that the men spent some time and money and sent out to the whole region and brought sick people to Jesus and He healed them. I love that scripture. Many times today I wonder if the men, the women, the Christians still have knowledge of Jesus. In that day when they had knowledge of Jesus, they did something, they became partners with the ministry, and people were helped and blessed.

In Philippians 1:5 and Philippians 4:15-19, the Apostle Paul made it clear to the Philippian church that their continual fellowship, or partnership with his ministry “from the first day until now” had impacted nations, and not just allowed him but caused him to be about his call and the Master’s business, and have the tremendous success that he had.

He also made it clear that they were in fact prospered and blessed by almighty God because of their partnership with him. He decreed as an apostle of God that because they had sent funds and supplies to him many times (he says once and again) and even when he was in Thessalonica, that “my God shall supply all your needs according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus.” It was not the Thessalonians that paid for the great crusade in Thessalonica, but it was the Philippians who partnered with him and made it happen.

We pray and decree the same thing for our partners around the world, and you know what? It works. Be bold and follow the examples we have laid out in scripture, both Old Testament and New. The rewards will go to both those that go down to battle and to the partners who are faithful to stay by the stuff.