The church has over-professionalized the missionary call. It's time to reclaim the Bible's full vision for missions
Picture this: it's a Sunday morning service in an average evangelical church in North America. The pastor looks around the room and asks: "Do we have any missionaries with us today?"
Most people will look around for the surprise guest. Perhaps the church's overseas missionary partners are home for a visit. Nobody raises their hand; the silence grows longer; the pastor nods his head, and says, "All of you should be raising your hands. The Bible teaches that we're all called to the mission field--the Great Commission is for all believers, not just those believers we've labeled 'missionaries.'"
An All-Inclusive Calling
In Acts 1, just before He ascends into heaven, Jesus tells his apostles that they are to be his witnesses "in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth." This call is applicable to all believers, no matter where we live or what we do for a living. Yes, God does sometimes call believers to specific times, places, or ministries. But this is in addition to the first and foundational call that all believers have to go, teaching all to obey what Christ taught and baptizing in the name of Jesus (Matthew 28).
In Christ we have been given "all things that pertain to life and godliness" (2 Peter 1). Because of the Gospel and Jesus' victorious resurrection from the dead, we can be sure that our work in the Lord "is not in vain" (1 Corinthians 15). We know that "the same Lord is Lord of all, bestowing His riches on all who call on Him" (Romans 10). "Do not neglect to do good and to share what you have, for such sacrifices are pleasing to God" (Hebrews 13)--what does it look like, in the context of your life, your work, your neighborhood, your family, to "do good"?
A Conference Designed to Bring Learners Together
On November 5, believers from all walks of life will gather at Hope Church in Tupelo for a day of discussion, teaching, corporate worship, and learning together about how to live on mission for the glory of God. If you're in Christ, you're already called. The question is: how can you be equipped to do good and "share what you have" in whatever contexts you find yourself?
We walk through a dozen different mission fields every day. Whether your mission field is at the end of a weekday commute or across an ocean, let's learn together how to more faithfully witness to God's saving action in Jesus Christ.
Join us for our conference in November. Click here for more information.