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I.  Introduction:

 Jesus expects us to not only be His witnesses in areas close to us, but throughout the whole world.  Yet, how can a little Church like Trinity Baptist really be on mission to the ends of the earth?  This is the question that we want to consider tonight.  If Sikeston is our Jerusalem and the state of Missouri is our Judea, then we can consider North America as our Samaria.  Again, the geographical regions are not exact, but they are useful as we consider being faithful to Acts 1:8.  Before we look at how we can be on mission in North America and the ends of the earth, I want to add one further biblical category for serving in missions.  Letís begin there.

II.  Partnering through giving:

 A.  Last week we identified three biblical categories for service, namely praying, sharing and serving.  We are called to do all of these in our Jerusalem and Judea.  We are also called to do them in our Samaria and to the ends of the earth.  However, due simply to the fact that we do not live in these other areas, we see the need for partnering with those who do.  So then, how can we partner with others to take the gospel to our Samaria and the ends of the earth?

 B.  Passages:
  1.  Look at 2 Corinthians 8:1-5.  In 2 Corinthians 8-9 Paul is speaking to the  Corinthians about their support of the saints through giving.  He begins here by talking  about the churches of Macedonia and their abundant giving to support other believers  (those in Jerusalem).  Paul says that they begged him for the favor of taking part in the  relief of the saints.  Thus, they longed to partner with other believers and to bless them  through giving.  Paul is encouraging the Corinthians (and us) to do the same.

  2.  Look at Philippians 4:14-20.  Paul is thanking the Philippians for their support  of him and his ministry.  Notice the connection that Paul sees in giving to support other  believers and offering to God pleasing sacrifices (see v. 18).  Also, Paul is convinced that  God will continue to provide for those who have made the willing sacrifice (see v. 19).   As we said last Sunday morning, we will never out-give the Lord.  Thus, we see that  partnering with others through giving is pleasing to God and made possible by Him.

  3.  Look at 3 John 5-8.  John is writing to encourage Gaius and the church.  He  commends them for their support of the brothers who have gone out for the sake of the  name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles.  In verse 8, John tells us that we become  fellow workers for the truth by providing for those who are taking the gospel to the lost.   Again, we see the importance of partnering with fellow believers through giving for the  purpose of taking the gospel to the world.  We cannot go ourselves to the whole world,  but we can help support those who are going.

III.  Opportunities for being on mission in our Samaria and the Ends of the Earth:

 A.  Supporting the North American Mission Board (NAMB) and the International Mission Board (IMB):  As we said last week, these Southern Baptist organizations can help us in partnering with missionaries who are taking the gospel to our Samaria and the ends of the earth.  Through our giving to the Cooperative Program (which we will talk about more in a few weeks), we are partnering with believers who are committed to taking the gospel to the world and fulfilling the Acts 1:8 challenge.  We will soon be participating in the Lottie Moon Christmas Offering, which goes to support international missions (IMB).  This is a clear way for us to support missions to the ends of the earth.

 B.  Praying specifically for certain groups and peoples:  We have adopted the Dongxiang people group of China.  We have provided a list of things to pray for in particular for this group.  Also, in a couple of weeks, we will have Nancy Manford come and speak to us about her visits to this group.  She will be able to help us in knowing how we can pray for them.

 C.  Going on short-term mission trips (or supporting those who do):  There are many opportunities to go and serve in North America and in the world.  My hope is that many of us would actually go and serve in these ways.  The Church that Nancy is a member of takes trips to the Dongxiang regularly.  My hope is that we can support them both financially and by sending some of our members to go with them.  Also, there are countless opportunities for you to participate in short-term missions.  I would love for us as a Church to get more and more involved in these types of opportunities.

 D.  Educating and challenging our children to be a part of reaching the world:  Whether it is through VBS or other classes or family worship, we need to be encouraging our children towards the end of reaching the nations with the gospel.  I have said this before and I will say it again: I pray that the Lord would call some of our children to serve as missionaries.  May we long for that and prepare for that as a community.

 E.  Becoming a missionary yourself:  I know most of us just simply dismiss the very thought of this.  We do not even consider whether or not God is calling us to be missionaries.  I pray that we would not make that error.  Come before the Lord and ask Him how He wants to use you in fulfilling the Acts 1:8 challenge.  You may be surprised in how He answers you.

IV.  Conclusion:

 May we be involved in these and so many other ways in taking the gospel to our Samaria and the ends of the earth.  Amen. 

~ William Marshall ~

Last Updated ( Thursday, 20 May 2010 )

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