Don't Go; Be Sent
Missions Central Church
Mission is the divine activity of sending intermediaries, whether supernatural or human, to speak or do God’s will so that his purposes for judgment or redemption are furthered. The biblical concept is expressed by the use of verbs meaning “to send,” normally with God as the expressed subject. The Hebrew verb is s̆ālaḥ and the Greek is apostellō. These terms emphasize the authoritative, commissioning relationship involved. The Scriptures also employ the cognates apostolos (“apostle,” the one sent) and apostolē (“apostleship,” the function of being sent), referring to the one sent and his function.
The biblical concept of “mission” comprehends the authority of the one who sends; the obedience of the one sent; a task to be accomplished; the power to accomplish the task; and a purpose within the moral framework of God’s covenantal working of judgment or redemption.
Specific actions that bear witness to the good news of what God has done for his people. Israel, Jesus Christ and the church all in their different ways bear witness to the saving acts of God in history. Christian mission is empowered by the Holy Spirit.
Don’t Go; Be Sent
Pray the Lord of the Harvest Sends You
Luke wants us to hear his call to follow Jesus in mission, winning victories over Satan, but also to follow him in daily life, taking opportunity to show love to others and to show love for God by listening and obeying his Word.
Find where God is at work and join him in his mission.
• Depend on God to meet your needs rather than let worldly cares distract you from his mission.
Pray God Establishes His Kingdom Through You
The mission volunteers wearily rounded another curve in the dusty Kenyan road. There they met another Kenyan man and his family. One more time they shared the simple gospel message. They never expected his reaction. “Where have you been? In 1958 God showed me a vision of missionaries coming to tell me about Jesus. I went out here to the corner of my field and dedicated a place to Jesus. See the stone I set up? We will build a church here. Why did you not come sooner? I have been praying all these years for you to come. But thank God you have come. I do want to accept Jesus as my Savior. So does my family. Tell us how.”