MI 101 Lesson 11A audio The Making of a Missionary-1

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The Making of a Missionary:

The Making of a Missionary Dr. Robert Patton Missionary to Suriname, South America

What is a missionary?:

What is a missionary? He is called by God to a full-time ministry of the Word and prayer , who has crossed cultural barriers , to preach the gospel in an area where Christ is largely unknown

What is a missionary?:

What is a missionary? He is an ambassador for Christ He is a herald of TRUTH - Jesus is Lord He is the bearer of culture – inevitably he brings his culture with him

What is a missionary?:

What is a missionary? He is an ambassador of love for the whole man - body, soul and spirit He is the envoy of peace

A few things to remember:

A few things to remember Missions is the responsibility of the church The great commission is given to the church It is NOT just given to the apostles – remember they were also told to baptize, and we still baptize today

Missions is NOT:

Missions is NOT Just humanitarian work, good as that is Social betterment Mercy missions A better choice

Ask yourself…:

Ask yourself… Is hell real? Are the lost truly lost? What is necessary for salvation? Is sincerity enough? Remember that we preach the everlasting gospel – Rev. 14:6

How important is it?:

How important is it? Many martyrs for it Luke 14:25-33 Mt. 5:10-12 Why go – we are commanded to go

Myths about a missionary:

Myths about a missionary Crossing salt water makes you a missionary – or, unless you cross salt water, you are not a “real” missionary Living is always difficult – a hut in the bush… The heathen are flocking to get saved

Myths about missions:

Myths about missions Missions is over just as colonialism is over Full time missionaries are no longer needed We just need specialists – not true; flexibility and adaptability are most useful on the field

Why become a missionary?:

Why become a missionary? God created us to have a passion to love and enjoy Him and to give Him glory All of life is to be lived for the glory of God We are to reflect what God is really like

Why become a missionary?:

Why become a missionary? The universe is great to reflect the greatness of God Love - showing the dying soul the glory of the grace of God God seeks worshippers from every tongue, nation and race

Jesus and the GREATEST commandment:

Jesus and the GREATEST commandment Mt. 22:[37] Jesus said unto him, Thou shalt love the Lord thy God with all thy heart, and with all thy soul, and with all thy mind.[38] This is the first and great commandment

God rejects lukewarm affection – Laodicea:

God rejects lukewarm affection – Laodicea Rev. 3: [16] So then because thou art lukewarm, and neither cold nor hot, I will spue thee out of my mouth.

God wants us to be passionate for Him:

God wants us to be passionate for Him To have an impact, know that ONE THING - like Paul did: Acts 20:24 But none of these things move me, neither count I my life dear unto myself, so that I might finish my course with joy , and the ministry, which I have received of the Lord Jesus, to testify of the grace of God

God wants us to be passionate for Him: One thing…:

God wants us to be passionate for Him: One thing… To have an impact, know that ONE THING - like Paul did : Phil. 3:7-9 But what things were gain to me, those I count loss for Christ. 8. Yea, doubtless, and I count all things but loss for the excellency of the knowledge of Christ Jesus my Lord: for whom I have suffered the loss of all things, and do count them but dung, that I might win Christ ,

God wants us to be passionate for Him::

God wants us to be passionate for Him: To have an impact, know that ONE THING - like Paul did: Phil. 3:9. And be found in him, not having mine own righteousness, which is of the law, but that which is through the faith of Christ, the righteousness which is of God by faith, 10. That I might know him, and the power of His resurrection, and the fellowship of his suffering, being made conformable unto his death.

Paul’s one thing…:

Paul’s one thing… [13] Brethren, I count not myself to have apprehended : but this one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind, and reaching forth unto those things which are before,[14] I press toward the mark for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ Jesus

God wants us to be passionate for Him:

God wants us to be passionate for Him Boast only in the cross of Christ where every good thing was obtained for sinners: Gal. 6:14 But God forbid that I should glory save in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by whom the world is crucified unto me, and I unto the world.

God wants us to be passionate for Him:

God wants us to be passionate for Him We only boast in the cross when we are on the cross - Gal. 2:19-20 - the old self died and the new self lives by faith of God in Christ Jesus: 19 For I through the law am dead to the law, that I might live unto God. 20 I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me, and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself:

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself We boast in the cross when we bear the cross: Lk . 14:27 And whosoever doth not bear his cross, and come after me, cannot be my disciple.

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself:

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself Christ is all in life or death; Phil. 1:20-21 He will be honored! 20. According to my earnest expectation, and my hope, that in nothing I shall be ashamed, but that with all boldness, as always, so now also Christ shall be magnified in my body, whether it be by life or by death. 21. For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself:

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself Death makes visible where our treasure really is: Mt. 10:37 He that loveth father or mother more than me is not worthy of me: and he that loveth son or daughter more than me is not worthy of me. 38. And he that taketh not his cross, and followeth after me, is not worthy of me. 39. He that findeth his life shall lose it, and he that loseth his life for my sake shall find it.

The Lord promises to provide what we need for a godly life:

The Lord promises to provide what we need for a godly life 2 Pet. 1:[ 3 ] According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness , through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:[ 4 ] Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself:

His life is treasured most when it is above health, money, and life itself When we trust Jesus, we trust Him to give us what we most need - Himself ! Paul wanted to magnify Christ in life - and that meant to joy in the progress of their faith Dying to self daily is living for Christ daily We are perfected through trials and pain

Risk is OK if God has truly called you:

Risk is OK if God has truly called you Risk may occur because we are igno-rant, but God never risks because He knows the end from the beginning. God wants us to stay dependent on Himself We may cling to a security which, in fact, never exists

Why risk all for Christ?:

Why risk all for Christ? We must not take risks for heroism, lust for adventure, self-reliance, etc. We take risks for the sake of Jesus Christ, reflecting His value to us. He is worthy!

Some killed, but not a hair perish…:

Some killed, but not a hair perish… Luke 16: [16] And ye shall be betrayed both by parents, and brethren, and kinsfolks, and friends; and some of you shall they cause to be put to death .[17] And ye shall be hated of all men for my name's sake .[18] But there shall not an hair of your head perish

Why risk all for Christ:

Why risk all for Christ Romans 8:35-39, where nothing separates us from the love of God in Christ Jesus. [35] Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword?[36] As it is written, For thy sake we are killed all the day long; we are accounted as sheep for the slaughter .

Why risk all for Christ:

Why risk all for Christ Romans 8:[37] Nay, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him that loved us .[38] For I am persuaded, that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor powers, nor things present, nor things to come,[39] Nor height, nor depth, nor any other creature, shall be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord .

Why risk all for Christ?:

Why risk all for Christ? We are more than conquerors in all our afflictions, not avoiding them. You will have all you need to be eternally happy in Him. God promises us enough to do His will You are more than conqueror if you do not allow anyone to separate you from God

We must live to prove that He is worth more than life::

We must live to prove that He is worth more than life: Jesus loves faith-filled risk for the glory of God: Lk . 21:2-3 speaks of the widow’s mite – she gave all her living Jesus speaks a great deal about money - 15% of the parables We must use our possessions to make others come to God - especially the most needy

We must live to prove that He is worth more than life::

We must live to prove that He is worth more than life: We must have a warfare mentality - using the gospel, prayer, & self-sacrificing love : Mt. 25:46 And these shall go away into everlasting punishment, but the righteous into life eternal Wasting our life is to lose it while trying to save it

Give to get to give more…:

Give to get to give more… Luke 6:[38] Give, and it shall be given unto you ; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom. For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

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