And the prophet Isaiah “heard the voice of the Lord, saying, whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me. And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not”. Isaiah 6:6-8.

Part of the reason to go on missions is to help people understand. Some have heard before because Satan has a habit of going ahead; the weed seems always to grow before the seed. For how can they hear without a preacher asked Paul in his letter to the church at Rome?

The Patriarch Abraham obeyed God and went and established monotheism in the earth for until then people believed in a multiplicity of gods.

“By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went”. (Hebrews 11:8).

God himself went on mission: “And the Lord said, because the cry of Sodom and Gomorrah is great, and because their sin is very grievous; I will go down now, and see whether they have done altogether according to the cry of it, which is come unto me; and if not, I will know”. (Genesis 18:20-21).

Moses went on mission to Egypt, age 80 years old and with a speech impediment. He succeeded by leading a nation out of 400 years of slavery.

Gideon went on mission by leading a small army into victory against the Midianites. This nobody in his own eyes, and perhaps most of the people in his country, whom God used was brave and willing to help his people for he saw their oppression.

Samson went on mission – to liberate Israel from the hand of the Philistines. He would die in the fight but it secured a great victory for his people.

Jephthah went on mission, this illegitimate son of a wealthy man and a poor mother, rejected by his siblings because of the shame they felt he made them feel. This rejected young man became a leader of other young and perhaps disgruntled men, who turned them into a formidable band of warriors. It was to Jephthah the people turned when they needed a captain to lead the army.  After securing certain guarantees from the people that after he led the army into victory he would remain captain; Jephthah defeated the Ammonites and became a judge in Israel.

Elijah went on mission – to restore Israel to faith in the living God.

Jonah went on mission – to warn Nineveh of the impending danger because of their excessive sins. Jonah knew the impact his preaching would have on the people so he absconded. He later repented and went to Nineveh and exactly as he thought, his warning was heeded, for the people, led by the king, repented and the sentence against the city was lifted.

John the Baptist’s mission was to prepare the way of The Lord. There were previous false prophets and false messiahs. Indeed the people were desperate to hear from heaven, for not since Malachi, four hundred years earlier, had there been a “thus saith The Lord” moment. John the Baptist accurately identified the Messiah and turned the hearts of the people towards God.

Our Lord Jesus Christ’s mission was to seek and to save the lost: the rich, the poor; the sick, diseased and the rejected; the adulterer and even a man living amongst the tombs. His mission to seek and to save took Jesus to the near and far and even to people outside the nation of Israel. For over three years our Lord worked tirelessly to accomplish his mission. The coup de grace was his willingness to die on the cross.

The church’s mission is to continue the work The Lord began. The book of Acts describes the continuation of this work. The work began in Jerusalem with Peter preaching a message that resulted in the salvation of three thousand and many others in the ensuing weeks and months. Then they went into all Judea, then into Samaria and then into the then known world. The apostle Thomas went to India where he led many to Christ, established the church there but suffered martyrdom there also. Because of his efforts Christianity remains in India today. Praise The Lord for those who have continued the work Thomas began.

The final chapter in the book of Acts is really not a final chapter for the mission of the church has continued though not in a book that we call the Bible. However, the acts of the Holy Spirit in the church are being written here on earth in journals, articles, biographies and in a modern world by radio, TV and the Internet.

In Part 3, I shall write about the many good reasons for going on missions.

God save the UK. Our platform is the world and congregation the people.

The Lord’s Servant

Lloyd Denny


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