Saturday, October 31, 2009


MARK 16:15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.

Usually, when we think of missions we think of the Great Commission. But missions didn’t begin with the Great Commission. Missions began with God. It first beat in His heart before it was ever breathed as the life sustaining force into His church.

A strong missions program rests on these three foundations:

I. A Compassionate God
Our God is missions-minded. If He were not, there would be no Christian mission.

II. A Compelling Message
In Romans 1:14-16, Paul declares that he is indebted to God to give the world the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Having heard the greatest message in the world, He was compelled to share it with whomever he could. So great was this sense of obligation that Paul wrote in 1 Corinthians 9:16, "Yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the Gospel!" The Gospel He has given us is a missions message. If it could not save every sinner, there would be no reason to take it to every nation.

III. A Commissioned Church – Mark 16:15
And the Great Commission is a missions mandate. It identifies the local church as the center for world evangelism.