Presentation on theme: "The Missionary God’s plan is to communicate with people through people. Can everyone a missionary? What qualifications and preparations are needed?"— Presentation transcript:
1The MissionaryGod’s plan is to communicate with people through people. Can everyone a missionary? What qualifications and preparations are needed? How does one get from here to there?
2Definition: “missionary” Not found in Scriptures“Apostle” translated into Latin is misio, meaning “a sent one”Selecting and commissioning is illustrated in Luke 6:13,“And when day came, He called His disciples to Him (probably about 70); and chose twelve of them, whom He also named as apostles”At Antioch (Ac 13) church leaders were selected and sentIs an evangelist-pastor-teacher sent by a local church to make disciples into local churches in distinct cultures or people-groups from their ownUsually implies linguistic, cultural, social and geographic barriers to overcomeHome team is to identify, confirm, prepare and support those who are sent
3Identification A “passion” or burden is to reach the unreached The idea of a “call” is a little misleading—there are no voices today.Is using one’s spiritual gift in a strategic areaAn entrepreneurial spirit, commitment to evangelism, discipleship and a care for peopleA sense of responsibility of getting the gospel to every people group on the globeActive in a local church ministryTakes the form of short-term or career
4Conditions for Guidance Our “workmanship” (Eph 2:10) is in line with the pre-arranged path God has planned: S.H.A.P.E.Discern God’s workmanship profile: (S) Spiritual Gifts, (H) Heart or passion, (P) Personality, (A) Ability or Talent, (E) ExperienceGod reveals His plan one step at a timeHe is more about what we should do today, than tomorrowNo fear of difficulties, criticism or “impossibilities”Honest evaluation and openness to God using you in a key role for a world impact
5Counsel on Guidance Prayer for people groups, for laborers to go A consuming passion to fulfill the heart of JesusMaintain mobility, especially minimum debt ($20K max)Keep an open mindPrepare for God’s leadingExamine motives—How important is approval, financial security, popularity, or “stuff”? Is this a selfish desire?How important is a burden for people to me?Everyone must master the key ministry tools: evangelism, discipleship, mentoring and counseling
6Guide to Decision-Making Two categories of decisions: Areas that are specifically addressed in the BibleCommands (i.e., imperatives, “Go make disciples of all nations”)Principles (i.e., church planting focus)Examples (i.e., Paul’s love for church members)Areas where no command or principle is followedHere the believer can feely choose his course of action within Biblical guidelinesThese choices and motives for making them are the primary focus of the Judgment Seat of Christ
710 ways to avoid becoming a Missionary! Ignore Jesus' request in John 4:35 that we take a long hard look at the fields. (John 4:35 "Do you not say, `Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest."Focus your energies on socially legitimate targets. Go after a bigger salary.Get married to somebody who thinks the “Great Commission” is what your employer gives you after you make a big sale.Seeing the needs of people can be depressing and very unsettling. It could lead to genuine missionary concern.Focus on getting a job promotion, a bigger home, a more luxurious car, or future financial security. Along the way, run up some big credit card debts.After marriage, embrace the socially accepted norms of settling down, establishing a respectable career trajectory and raising a picture-perfect family.
810 ways to avoid becoming a Missionary! 4. Stay away from missionaries.5. If you happen to think about missions, restrict your attention to countries where it's impossible to openly do missionary work6. Think how bad a missionary you would be based on your own past failures.4. Their testimonies can be disturbing. The situations they describe will distract you from embracing whole-heartedly the materialistic lifestyle of your home country.5. . Think only about North Korea, Saudi Arabia, China and other closed countries. Forget the vast areas of our globe open to missionaries. Never, never listen to talk about Creative Access Countries.6. It is unreasonable to expect you will ever be any better. Don't even think about Moses, David, Jonah, Peter or Mark, all of whom overcame failures.
910 ways to avoid becoming a Missionary! Always imagine missionaries as talented, super- spiritual people who stand on lofty pedestals.Agree with the people who tell you that you are indispensable where you are.Worry incessantly about money.If you still feel you must go, go out right away without any preparation or training.Maintaining this image of missionaries will heighten your own sense of inadequacy. Convincing yourself that God does not use ordinary people as missionaries will smother any guilt you may feel about refusing to even listen for a call from God.Listen when they tell you that your local church or home country can't do without you.You'll soon be home again and no one can ever blame you for not trying!
10Seven Wisdom Steps: 1. Common Sense We should seek the best choice Philippians 1:10 “so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ”Proverbs gives many Wisdom concepts to followNLT Proverbs 3:5 “Trust in the LORD with all your heart; do not depend on your own understanding. 6 Seek his [revealed] will in all you do, and he will [providentially] direct your paths.”
11Seven Wisdom Steps: 2. Spiritual Counsel NAU Proverbs 15:22 “Without consultation, plans are frustrated, But with many counselors they succeed.”May include parents, close friends, teachers, pastors, or other spiritual leadershipBeware of selfish motivation in their counselIf viewpoints differ, evaluate the reasons behind their differing viewpointsWeigh their advise by how well they know you and how much they value God’s revealed will
12Seven Wisdom Steps: 3. Personal Desire NAU Psalm 37:4 “Delight yourself in the LORD; And He will give you the desires of your heart” – Implication is that the desires are met in the LordNAU Proverbs 19:21 “Many plans are in a man's heart, But the counsel of the LORD will stand.”NLT Philippians 2:13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire to obey him and the power to do what pleases him.”1 Thessalonians 5:19 “Do not quench the Spirit.”As you mature your desires come from God’s desires in your heart
13Seven Wisdom Steps: 4. Circumstances Accidents do not happen. Evaluate how they can affect your decisionNAU Proverbs 16:9 “The mind of man plans his way, But the LORD [providentially] directs his steps.”NIV Proverbs 16:33 “The lot is cast into the lap, but its every decision is from the LORD.”The people God allows in your path, the books you choose to read, the messages and classes you really listen to will affect your will and desires
14Seven Wisdom Steps: 5. Scripture God’s Moral Will is objective, complete and adequate as revealed in His Word--It does not tell us everything, but enough for us to decideNAS 2 Timothy 3:16-17 “All Scripture is inspired by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, for training in righteousness; so that the man of God may be adequate, equipped for every good work.” – No additional revelations necessary!NAS Proverbs 4:5 “Acquire wisdom! Acquire understanding! Do not forget, nor turn away from the words of my mouth. 6 Do not forsake her, and she will guard you; Love her, and she will watch over you.”Inner impressions can come from a number of sources. All must be compared to God’s revealed wisdom for approval
15Seven Wisdom Steps: 6. Prayer NLT Ephesians 6:18 “Pray at all times and on every occasion in the power of the Holy Spirit. Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all Christians everywhere.” (not so much about yourself!)One objective in prayer is not telling God your mind, but asking God to give you His mind and heart for people everywhereIt may help to write out your prayersSpend more time praying over a decision than agonizing over one
16Seven Wisdom Steps: 7. Previous Experience You don’t want to return to 2nd Grade if you can help itLearn from past decisions (yours and others)—Learn how they were good and badNIV Proverbs 21:1 “The king's heart is in the hand of the LORD; he directs it like a watercourse wherever he pleases.”NAU Proverbs 12:15 “The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But a wise man is he who listens to counsel.”NAS Romans 8:28-29 “And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. For whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son”When His interests become our interests by our choices, maturity results as well as the power for living
17Confirmation of Guidance No sense of a “call” or self-appointment is enough—no one is ever hired just because he says he was “called”Pastors, teachers and spiritually mature peers should help in assessing spiritual gifts, maturity and ministry fit and potentialMission boards help determine the best place in missions (as a coach’s role on a team)
18Principle of Volunteering Friend Principle: “No longer do I call you slaves, for the slave does not know what the Master is doing, but I have called you friends, for all things I have heard of my Father I have made known unto you” Jn 15:15Unprofitable Servant Principle: Lu 17:10 "So you too, when you do all the things which are commanded you, say, 'We are unworthy slaves; we have done only that which we ought to have done.'“ Profitable servants decide to do more!
19Principle of Volunteering Volunteer Sacrifice Principle: 1 Cor 9:17, “For if I do this thing WILLINGLY (hekon, “unforced, unasked”) I have a reward, if not voluntarily, I am simply discharging the trust committed to me.” – Only doing what he was told.Personal Initiative Principle: Acts 15:36 And after some days Paul said to Barnabas, "Let us return and visit the brethren in every city in which we proclaimed the word of the Lord, and see how they are.“ Acts 16 attempted to go to Asia, Bithynia but could not. Later a vision encouraged them to head into Europe
20Personal Qualifications SpiritualNot perfection but transparency, maturity and integrityNeed to know God and His WordOral exams may include doctrine and evangelismSocialRight attitudes and interpersonal relationshipsSelf-acceptance and team player skillsNo place for egotism, divisiveness, complaining or gripping, resentments or bitterness, unforgiveness, prejudice or superiority
21Personal Qualifications AcademicSpecific training varies according to mission to accomplishLife-long learning is encouragedNot afraid to take on a major learning project (language, culture)Physical and PsychologicalEmotional resilience and stability, sense of humor and cooperationAbility to endure hard situations, patience and perseveranceIf life is filled with doubts and personal conflicts, no time or focus is possible for others
22Post-Schooling, Pre-field Preparation Pre-Field Orientation– 2-4 weeks for candidatesFull explanation of administrative and foreign policiesPrinciples and practices and financial proceduresInformationAbout places and people they will be working withDemographic studies of place of servicePre-Field Ministry (Deputation)Home church, denomination and individuals for prayer and financial supportConstant communication and vision castingCommissioningLanguage learningAfter support has been raised—usually a 1-2 year course
23Relationships To Churches To Other Missionaries Within the Family Focus on 2 types of churches: sending and plantingBuilding relationships, communicating a vision, servingTo Other MissionariesMost church staffs get to chose their coworkersIn another culture, one usually needs a few friends from home culture – most will come from within the cultureShould learn to model the love one-another actionsWithin the FamilyMinistry pace and obligations can affect familyImportant to make whole family feel a part of ministryFather’s role usually defined; wife’s role variesParent’s attitude toward co-laborers, work and nationals has effect on whole familyDecisions regarding education of children not easy
24Summary People skills are key to cross-cultural ministries Requires supernatural motivation, guidance, gifts, abilities and resourcesFaith process: leading, perseverance, training, finance and prayer supportGod uses people with limitations and weaknesses yet when empowered they make eternal importanceVital that missionaries live the message they preach, “For our Gospel did not come to you in word only, but also in power and in the Holy Spirit and with full conviction; just as you know what kind of men we proved to be among you for your sake.” 1 Thes 1:5
25Count me in!"I believe that God's command to take the Gospel message to all peoples applies to every Christian."So, I pledge myself to doing whatever God asks of me to fulfill the Great Commission as articulated in Matthew 28:19-20."I understand this will likely mean praying regularly for those peoples who have not yet heard."I understand this will likely mean giving money to support missions."I understand it may mean going myself as a missionary.“I understand that if my gifts, talents, personality and experience suggest that I could contribute to the expansion of the kingdom of God now, I will begin making decisions in that direction, trusting that God will intervene to open doors or close doors as He will, but open doors will be pursued.”"Whatever it means, I am saying 'yes' to all of it."