A Biblical Call to MISSIONS
By Josue Valerio, Director of Missions
The Lord Jesus Christ called and sent the church to all the world to make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything He has commanded. And He promised to be always with His church. Matthew 28:19-20
The church is multicultural because God’s people are formed in Christ in different contexts and sent to be His witnesses and represent God’s reign in all nations. Every person who has been reconciled with God in Christ is called and sent to fulfill His commandment.
One of the greatest missionaries who exemplifies this is the apostle Paul “I am sending you to open their [Gentiles] eyes so that they may turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, so that they may receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are sanctified by faith in me.” Acts 26:17-18
The churches that are doing missions best are intentional about having a loving and honest relationship with God, within the congregation, and with those who are not yet the people of God.
The churches that are doing missions best are intentional about having a loving and honest relationship with God, within the congregation, and with those who are not yet the people of God. The passion and motivation for missions emerges from the interaction of these three relationships.
Missions implies the crossing of different types of boundaries such as cultural, linguistic, socio-economic, geographical, and any other type with the purpose of sharing the life of Christ with others. Many pastors and churches experience a type of frustration in ministry because of the challenge to convey the Gospel in a culture different than theirs.
What difference does it make for your church to be involved in missions?
- Missions is about making disciples of all nations
- Missions is about your church going beyond their comfort zone
- Missions is about transforming lives of those on the receiving end as well as those being sent
- Missions is about fulfilling the mission of God in our generation so that the Gospel of Jesus Christ is proclaimed and shared with future generations in all nations.
How do you get started?
It is time to accept the call to be on mission with God. We as the church live in relationship with God, with each other and with others (those who are not yet God’s people). The best way to get involved in missions is with a group of people. Jesus sent the disciples out in two by two, not alone (Luke 10:1-17). You are not alone, the Texas Baptists Missions Team would love to partner with you wherever the Lord is calling you to be His witness and to represent His reign. Let us know how we can be of help.
Visit texasbaptists.org/missions to connect with the Mission Team staff and for access to more resources to support your church and ministry.