Here is the continuation of the 7 Bible Principles for World Missions. Last we covered numbers 1-3 including God Instituted It, Missions is a Central Theme of the Bible, and Jesus Commands It. Let’s take a deeper look at what else to Bible has to say about World Missions.
4. LOVE COMPELS IT
Love compels us to share, to give, to help, to lift, to embrace, to care. You can give to someone without loving them but you cannot love someone without giving to them. 1 John 3:17, “Whoso hath this world’s good and seeth his brother in need, and shutteth up his bowels of compassion from him, how dwelleth the love of God in Him?” God so loved that He gave, Jesus so loved that He gave. If we are lovers, then we are givers.
5. FAIRNESS REQUIRES IT
We Christians talk and rejoice about the second coming of Jesus, but half of the world doesn’t know He came the first time. It is not fair. Oswald J. Smith said, “No man has the right to hear the Gospel twice until every man has heard it once.” How many times have you heard it?
6. IT IS A DEBT WE OWE
Neither Jesus nor the Apostle Paul was willing to saturate one area with the Gospel at the expense of another. It cost them both their blood. Jesus said in Luke 4:43, I must go the next cities also… for therefore am I sent. Paul said, “I am a debtor to the Greek and to the Barbarian; both to the wise and the unwise.” (Romans 1:14) He said that he must go to Rome even if they killed him, which they did. If Jesus and Paul considered missions a debt and were willing to pay it with their lives, the Church should also consider it a debt and at least let it cost them prayer and finances. They felt they owed the Gospel to the heathen, and so do we today.
7. THE RETURN OF JESUS HINGES ON IT
“This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations. Then the end shall come,” Matthew 24:14. We are not waiting on God, but He is waiting on us, the Church to be about the Master’s business and fulfill the Great Commission. Missions is the number one job of the Church, the task left to the Church by the head of the Church.
Let us not allow the Great Commission to go into remission and become the great omission. I believe that as Word people, we will take these 7 Bible principles for world missions and give God His dream.