WHAT MISSIONS IS ALL ABOUT

Mt. 28:19-20; Mk. 16:15; Acts 13:1-5
     Charles Malik, Lebanese ambassador to the United Nations, asked in a speech: "What has been the greatest American contribution to the rest of the world? Has it been money? Has it been food? Has it been medical skill? Has it been military might? Has it been industrial know-how?" Then he answered, "The greatest thing to come out of America has been the American missionary effort: The quiet, selfless men and women who have left the comfort and security of their homeland to bring the gospel of Christianity to less favored nations."
      We hear about churches that are "missions-minded." Bible Baptist Church, does not have a mission’s program— We ARE a mission’s program! Missions is Bible Baptist Church’s purpose for existence. It is our total thrust from the Cradle Roll through the senior Saint; from the pew to the pulpit.
      Coca-Cola seems to be everywhere.  But how does it get there?  This motto, posted in the company's headquarters, explains it:  THINK GLOBALLY, BUT ACT LOCALLY. What this slogan is to Coke, the Great Commission is to the church.
      Successful missionary outreach is the result of: "An infusion of factual INFORMATION with Scriptural INSPIRATION that leads to evangelistic INNOVATION."

I.    A CONVICTION — All without Christ are LOST.
       A.    If all are not lost, why to people go to hell? Even in Hell, they are mission-minded.
       B.    If all are not lost, then why did Christ die?
             1.   If all are not lost, then John 3:16 is useless!
             2.   God had only one Son and He was a missionary.
       C.    If all are not lost, then why did Christ commission the disciples? The dis-ciples were missionaries.
       D.    If all are not lost, what is the church for? To send out missionaries (Acts 13).
       E.    If all are not lost, why preach? (Rom. 10:1-17).

II.   A CURE — The Gospel will save the LOST.
       A.    What is the Gospel? It is the power of God unto salvation (Rom. 1:16).
             1.   Power to change a life.
     The story is told of a agnostic college professor who visited the Fiji Islands. He remarked to an elderly chief, "You're a great leader, but it's a pity you've been taken in by those Christian missionaries.   No one believes the Bible anymore.  People are tired of the story of Christ dying on a cross for the sins of mankind.  They know better now.  I'm sorry you've been so foolish as to accept their story."
     The old chief's eyes flashed as he answered, "See that great rock over there?  On it we smashed the heads of our victims.  Notice the furnace next to it?  In that oven we used to roast the bodies of our enemies.  If it wasn’t for those missionaries and the Gospel of Christ that changed us from cannibals into Christians, you'd be our next supper!
              2.    This is what people really need, not just humanitarian charity.
       B.    If you had a cure for cancer, it would be criminal to withhold it.

III.  A COMMAND — Every Christian is responsible to take the Gospel the LOST (Acts 8:1, 4).
        A.   You are either a missionary or a mission field.
        B.   Not just a preacher’s job.
        C.   Not an optional thing. "It’s against my nature!" Yes, and it’s against mine too!
           1.   The closest thing to the heart of God is winning the lost to Christ.
           2.   He who has a little heart for the lost has little heart for the Savior.
           3.   Perhaps the reason many people are not involved in missions is because they don’t think their religion is worth sharing.

IV.  A COMPLIANCE — I will make myself available to go after the LOST.
       A.   I will go in presence.
            1.   The Gospel has never been where someone hasn’t taken it.
            2.    Many people think that God can't use them where they are. But it is certain that God can't use them where they ain’t.
       B.   I will go in prayer. Paul said, "Brethren, pray for us…"
       C.   I will go in pocketbook (2 Cor. 10:15-16).
             1.   The tithe is obedient giving. Commanded
             2.   The offering is love giving. Prove the sincerity of your love.
             3.   Faith promise mission giving is faith giving.

CONCLUSION: Are you part of the problem or the solution?  Are you willing to help get the Gospel to some area of the world where Christ has not been preached?