It is the second night of the Missions Conference and my soul is bursting with emotions from the messages. I am rebuked and reminded of all my wrong thoughts and actions , as well as refreshed and renewed to serve Him more faithfully and to commit more for the cause of Evangelism and World Mission which is The Great Commission. Tonight, I share with you excerpts for the 2nd message by our speaker Ptr. Bruce Rice.
From the 5 verses last night that showed us the importance of The Great Commission, (click here to view last night’s message) there are 5 things we can learn:
1. Salvation is only through Jesus Christ
2. People will not know unless they are told
3. God will never tell them personally Himself
- God only reached out to mankind when Adam sinned, and ever since, He only used human instruments
4. God will not use angels either. You can read in 1 Peter 1:10-12 that angels would want to do evangelize but could not.
10 Of which salvation the prophets have enquired and searched diligently, who prophesied of the grace that should come unto you:
11 Searching what, or what manner of time the Spirit of Christ which was in them did signify, when it testified beforehand the sufferings of Christ, and the glory that should follow.
12 Unto whom it was revealed, that not unto themselves, but unto us they did minister the things, which are now reported unto you by them that have preached the gospel unto you with the Holy Ghost sent down from heaven; which things the angels desire to look into.
5. World Evangelism is the work of the local church.
19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:
20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen.
Do you know that the local church’s task to evangelize the world is such an important task? “What if we fail,” you may ask. Do you know that there is no back up plan? God did not give us a Plan B. But the good news is, WE WILL NOT FAIL. It is already stated in Revelations 5:9
9 And they sung a new song, saying, Thou art worthy to take the book, and to open the seals thereof: for thou wast slain, and hast redeemed us to God by thy blood out of every kindred, and tongue, and people, and nation;
See? Every nation, every language, every tribe will be reached my the Gospel! Revelations 7:9 also states:
After this I beheld, and, lo, a great multitude, which no man could number, of all nations, and kindreds, and people, and tongues, stood before the throne, and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, and palms in their hands;
Imagine a great multitude that could not be numbered rejoicing before God when we finally get to be with Him! It is exciting to know that we will not fail. So we must not slack off!
There are four things in the message that teaches us the duties of the Local Church in World Missions.
1. The Local Church is the Steward of World Missions
-I Timothy 3:14-15 shows us that we are pillars of the church, and Philippinas 2:15-16 teaches us that we hold forth the Word of Life.
We are accountable to God for our stewardship, remember, we cannot fail.
II. The Local Church is the Sender of Missionaries
- Only the local church can send missionaries. It is clearly stated in the Bible that no other organizations except the church is given this authority.
13 Now there were in the church that was at Antioch certain prophets and teachers; as Barnabas, and Simeon that was called Niger, and Lucius of Cyrene, and Manaen, which had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch, and Saul.
2 As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them.
3 And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away.
In addition There are no more prophets in our time, God stopped giving visions after the completion of the New Testament. Now we have pastors and missionaries. Missionaries sent only by their local church. These missionaries are called by God to start their own churches. You can read this in Ephesians 4:11-12:
11 And he gave some, apostles; and some, prophets; and some, evangelists; and some, pastors and teachers;
12 For the perfecting of the saints, for the work of the ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ:
Also, the Bible states that only men are given the authority to lead a local church, thus women are not called missionaries but are rather, helpers and workers in the ministry. Missionaries are given the authority to baptize, to lead the Lord’s supper, to lead, and since women do not do these tasks, they are not called missionaries. The speaker warned us about the different terminologies and that we must be very careful in using them.
III. The Local Church is the Supporter of Missions
13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.
14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher?
15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!
The local church is tasked to support the work of God in missions. We can read in Luke 8:1-3 that even Jesus was given support for His needs by the local church:
8 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,
2 And certain women, which had been healed of evil spirits and infirmities, Mary called Magdalene, out of whom went seven devils,
3 And Joanna the wife of Chuza Herod’s steward, and Susanna, and many others, which ministered unto him of their substance.
IV. The Local Church is the Supplicator of Missions
Always remember that our prayer is needed in the mission field. Your prayer may help reach a soul to God, and one day, in Heaven, a person from Thailand will thank you for praying for the mission work there. Isn’t that wonderful? Up in Heaven strangers will come and shake your hand to thank you for your faithfulness in Missions.
4 Masters, give unto your servants that which is just and equal; knowing that ye also have a Master in heaven.
2 Continue in prayer, and watch in the same with thanksgiving;
3 Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds:
In conclusion, the speaker challenged us that We cannot stop, we cannot give up, we cannot slow down, we cannot turn aside, we cannot go back, we cannot fail, because there is no back-up plan. It is our task to evangelize the lost. This task is entrusted to the local church only and if we fail, there is no plan B.
This post may seem disorganized but the message tonight was really very challenging to us believers and I could not help but share this to everyone. I hope you will be blessed as I was tonight and am looking forward to more messages tomorrow !