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Things To Be Considered

 When Starting A Mission Work

Text: Acts 13:1-12   IBCSS   September 18, 2005

Preacher: Pastor Jose B. Cabajar

 

   Mission work is not just an exciting and challenging work prepared for faithful Christians who took heed of the calling of God; it is a marvelous work of the Holy Spirit according to the will of God. Christians are vessels being used by God and are co-laborers with the Lord Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:20, it is written, And they went forth, and preached everywhere, the Lord working with them, and confirming the word with signs following. Amen. (KJV)

 

   The Bible account of Paul's missionary journey, if studied earnestly and prayerfully, offers us a better view and wider understanding concerning mission work. We really need to consider the Biblical way of starting a Christ-centered ministry so we may not move according to our understanding, but in accordance to the blessed will of God.

 

   In Acts 13:2-3, it is written, As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. (KJV) These passages from the Bible remind us that mission work is a special task prepared by God to be carried out by called and Spirit-led believers.

        

                   (I) The Calling Of God

   Acts 13:1, 2

   -The will of God

 

   Doing the will of God leads us to a well-lived life. On the other hand, ignoring the calling of God is a sin that could kindle the anger of God.  

 

   -The working of the Holy Ghost

 

   The unimaginable working and miraculous power of the Holy Ghost in a believer's life are yet to be experienced by many Christians. We must be reminded that obedience to the call of God is the key to an abundant life.       

 

   -The sending of Missionaries

     *The believers' support  

 

   In Rom 10:13-15, it is written, For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! (KJV) Christians get excited every time they hear missionaries being sent out to the mission field, but in most cases, the needed prayers, encouragement and financial support are overlooked. Be supportive to missionaries.

 

                    (II) The Power Of Prayer

     Acts 13:2-3

     -Prayer and fasting

 

   The results of prayer and fasting in mission work are always amazing and God-glorifying. We are not only in great need of prayerful missionaries today, but prayerful rope holders as well. In Acts 13:2-3, it is written, As they ministered to the Lord, and fasted, the Holy Ghost said, Separate me Barnabas and Saul for the work whereunto I have called them. And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away. (KJV)   

 

                    (III) The Word Of God

      Acts 13:5

      -The power of the Gospel

 

   Many people are not aware of the value and power of the Word of God. Had they known it, it would have been their priority in life. In Romans 1:16, it is written, For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek. (KJV) Without the Word of God, no missionary will become successful in the mission field; without the Gospel of Christ, no man will come to the saving knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ. We must not be ashamed of the Gospel, but proclaim it with boldness.

 

                    (IV) The Presence Of Hindrances

      Acts 13:6-8

      -The spiritual warfare

 

   Spiritual warfare is a subject which is not given much attention by believers, but we firmly believe that it is a subject worthy to be analyzed and carefully handled because Satan's craftiness is much involved in his battle against the Truth.

 

   In Acts 13:6-11, it is written, And when they had gone through the isle unto Paphos, they found a certain sorcerer, a false prophet, a Jew, whose name was Bar-jesus: Which was with the deputy of the country, Sergius Paulus, a prudent man; who called for Barnabas and Saul, and desired to hear the word of God. But Elymas the sorcerer (for so is his name by interpretation) withstood them, seeking to turn away the deputy from the faith. Then Saul, (who also is called Paul,) filled with the Holy Ghost, set his eyes on him, And said, O full of all subtilty and all mischief, thou child of the devil, thou enemy of all righteousness, wilt thou not cease to pervert the right ways of the Lord? And now, behold, the hand of the Lord is upon thee, and thou shalt be blind, not seeing the sun for a season. And immediately there fell on him a mist and a darkness; and he went about seeking some to lead him by the hand. (KJV) The above account is an excellent example of spiritual warfare. Be strong! We are on the winning side!

 

   The presence of various hindrances in every ministry-related task is common, but through the power of God, they will be conquered for His glory. (Study Ephesians 6:10-20 for more blessings)          

 

                    (V) The Power Within Us

     Acts 13:9-11

     -The power of the Holy Ghost

 

   In the mission field, servants of God must be well aware of the power of the Holy Ghost so they may be strong and victorious soldiers of Christ. In verse 11, the power of God was greatly displayed and the enemy of Truth was terribly subdued. Truly, Paul was fully aware of the mighty working of God in his life. In I John 4:4, it is written, Ye are of God, little children, and have overcome them: because greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world. (KJV)     

 

                    (VI) The Salvation Of Souls

      Acts 13:13

      -The principal need of mankind

 

   In Matthew 16:26, the Lord said, "For what is a man profited, if he shall gain the whole world, and lose his own soul? or what shall a man give in exchange for his soul?" Truly, salvation is the greatest need of mankind and without Christ the lost will never be freed from the bondage of falsehood. People need the Lord and we need to tell them the Good News.

 

-Salvation through faith in Christ

 

   In Acts 13:12, it is written, Then the deputy, when he saw what was done, believed, being astonished at the doctrine of the Lord. (KJV) The main target of going to the mission field is to win souls for the Lord. Undoubtedly, the verse above tells us that the Apostle Paul's goal was attained and God was glorified.

 

   Applying the things we have learned from the Bible will bring forth astounding results in our ministry. Acts 13:1-12 gave us a glimpse of the start of the Apostle Paul's first missionary journey, and surely, we are impressed of the working of the Holy Ghost through his life. A further study on how God used faithful believers in the past will surely inspire us to have a deeper interest on our World Missions Program. What a blessing to know the important things God wants us to apply in our ministry.

   

                  

 

 

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