A Glance At The Scriptural Foundation For Mission Work

Birmingham nonprofitMany Christians know and understand what a missionary does: Missionaries work to preach the Gospel, baptize new souls, and make new disciples out of former disbelievers.

Some missionaries are strong in their faith and want to spread God’s love and others are called upon.  Most missionaries focus on reaching a demographic outside of their personal culture.  But all have a common bond: Scripture.

Why do people spend time doing mission work?  That can be answered by exploring what the Bible has to say on mission work.

The Bible Calls Us To Serve

It’s important to remember that Jesus Himself was a missionary with twelve apostles ministering along side.  The apostles can be considered the body of His church, with Jesus at the head.  Much of the Bible is rooted in their stories, as God called unto them, and spoke through their words to reach the masses.  Today, we are called to continue as the apostles did:

Matthew 28:19

Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit.

The Lord knows what a great task it is to reach the masses, but we must be the ‘laborers into His harvest’:

Luke 10:2

And He was saying to them, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few; therefore beseech the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”

Christians know that when Christ returns, sins will be forgiven for those who believe.

Luke 24:46-47

and He said to them, “Thus it is written, that the Christ would suffer and rise again from the dead the third day, and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.”

How then, can a soul be saved having never heard His word?  The Bible gives praise to those willing and brave enough to be soldiers of his name!

Romans 10:14-15

How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed? How will they believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear without a preacher? How will they preach unless they are sent? Just as it is written, “How Beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news of good things!”

So many times, the Bible quite deliberately asks us to be strong in our faith, to travel, to serve the Lord, and to spread His message.

Psalm 96:3

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples!

1 Peter 4:10

As each has received a gift, use it to serve one another, as good stewards of God’s varied grace.

Mark 16:15-16

And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.

It is profoundly clear God has entrusted within us the responsibility of the church, for it’s reputation is in our hands.

Acts 20:28

Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood.

Titus 2:7

Show yourself in all respects to be a model of good works, and in your teaching show integrity, dignity…

At Doulos Partners, we have been called to serve God, and spread His name throughout the world.  We believe the Bible is the infallible word of God, as He spoke through his apostles, the original missionaries, and we seek to fulfill its request.

Have you been called to mission work?  There are a number of ways to live as a disciple of Christ.  Learn how you can get involved with Doulos Partners to help spread the word and save souls!