Introduction

Our God is a missionary God.

Across every continent are emerging “Global Christians” - young men and women with world horizons, dedicated to “Exodus” lifestyles, possessed by the call of making disciples in all nations of Jesus Christ our Lord.

Like a mighty eagle, God is hovering over his people’s nest, stirring the young birds to spread their wings and carry the glorious, eternal Gospel to every nation (Deuteronomy 32:11). God is raising up a mighty army of young and old ambassadors (2 Corinthians 5:20) pledged to spend either in short or long term, local or overseas missions, spreading the good seed of the Gospel (Mark 4:8, 20).

Jesus says, “And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come” (Matthew 24:14). God had one Son and he made him a missionary. Our earnest prayer is that our missionary God would use this handbook to help equip and send a host of his redeemed sons and daughters from every nation to every nation until his name is known and praised by every people (Revelation 7:9, 10).

“for the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea” (Isaiah 11:9b). Amen.

A. Definition of Missions

The word “missions” is not found in the Bible. The singular form, “mission” comes from the Latin language (“mitto”) which means, “the act or an instance of sending.” When the word is used with reference to the Christian faith, it refers to “the sending forth of men with authority to preach or spread the gospel.”

A simple definition of missions is “the Christian church trying to win others to the Christian faith, especially through a group of selected workers called missionaries.”

B. Basis for Missions Involvement

Life Bible-Presbyterian Church (hereinafter referred to as Life BPC) believes in home and Global Missions. This Missions is defined in the following scriptures:

Our God is a missionary God (Genesis 12:1-3).

1. Christ has commissioned his Church to go and make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19, 20).

2. Christ has sent his Church to reconcile the world to himself (John 17:18).

3. The Holy Spirit empowers the Church to be witness unto the uttermost parts of the earth (Acts 1:8).

4. The Church is Christ’s Ambassador (2 Corinthians 5:20).

The History of Missions shows that the degree of a church’s commitment to world evangelization is commensurate with the degree of its conviction of the authority of the Bible. Whenever Christians lose their confidence in the Bible, they also lose their zeal for evangelism. Conversely, whenever they are convinced about the Bible, then they are determined about evangelism.

The Bible gives us the model for world evangelization. The Gospel message is for the whole world (Galatians 3:8).