God is a Missionary

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"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." (John 17:18)

Introduction

"Our God has been a missionary God from the beginning of human history." (Pastor T.T. Crabtree, Zondervan Pastors Annual, 1978, p. 104)

These days many organizations have a mission statement, but as worthy as these might be, they are insignificant in the light of God's Mission.

1 Mission Began in the Heart of God

In Genesis 3:9: "Then the Lord God called to Adam and said to him, 'where are you?'

2 God spoke directly to man

To Adam (Genesis chapter 3)

To Noah (Genesis 6:13-22)

To Abram (Genesis 12:1-3)

To Isaac (Genesis 26:2)

3 God always initiates communication with man.

To Adam ("Where are you?")

To Samuel ("Samuel")

To Saul/Paul ("Why are you persecuting Me?")

To the Disciples ("Come, Follow Me")

4 God spoke through the prophets

Isaiah, Jeremiah, Ezekiel, Jonah, Daniel, Micah, Hosea, Malachi, Paul, Peter, John and the other apostles and through godly preachers and missionaries today.

5 Christ is God's ultimate word to us

"God had only one Son, and He was a missionary." (Peter Sumner)

"God who at various times and in different ways spoke in time past to the fathers by the prophets, has in these last days, spoken to us by His Son, whom He has appointed heir of all things." (Hebrews 1:1-2)

The Lord Jesus demonstrated to us what it means to be a missionary. John 4 records the Lord's ministry to the Samaritan people. In Matthew 15 tells us about Jesus' journey to Phoenicia to heal a woman's daughter. John 12 tells us how Jesus spoke to the Greeks in Jerusalem. The Master also ministered to the widows, to lepers, to children, to leaders and to working class people.

6 God has now entrusted His mission to His disciples.

"As You sent Me into the world, I also have sent them into the world." (John 17:18)

"If anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation, old things have passed away: behold all things have become new. Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us; we implore you on Christ's behalf, be reconciled to God." (2 Corinthians 5:17-20)

"Then the eleven disciples went away into Galilee, to the mountain which Jesus had appointed for them. And when they saw Him they worshipped Him; but some doubted. Then Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. God therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:16-20)

God has entrusted His mission to His disciples. Jesus then went on to tell them that before they attempted to do this they should: "Tarry in the city of Jerusalem until you are endued with power from on high." (Luke 24:49 & Acts 1:4) "You will be baptised with the Holy Spirit not many days from now." (Acts 1:5)

"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth." (Acts 1:8-9)

7 God empowers His disciples for this mission

"Tarry [wait] until you are clothed with power from on high." (Read Luke 24:46-49.)

8 The Fulfillment of God's Mission

"After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying with a loud voice, saying, 'Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb." (Revelation 7:9-10)

The world's greatest rescue mission was from AD 1 to AD 33: The birth, life, death, and resurrection of Christ.

God's mission is to rescue you from Satan's destructive clutches and set you free.

Conclusion

God is a missionary - every Christian therefore should be a missionary, like Christ. Christ, God's only begotten Son, is God's missionary from Heaven to our planet earth, to reconcile us to God. (John 3:16)

Read the great missionary parable about the lost sheep (Luke 15:4-7).

The mission to bring all mankind back to God is God's heart cry. God is a missionary.

Note:

Unless otherwise stated, all Bible quotations are from the New King James Version.

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