The Apostle Paul
witnessing in Greece.
by Andrew Murray
Lights in the World
by Watchman Nee
Ambassadors For Christ
by Robert M. MCheyne
Gospel Preaching Commanded
by A. W. Pink
A Home Mission Sermon
by C. H. Spurgeon
A World Under Water
by Watchman Nee
by Adoniram Judson
Beginning at Jerusalem
by C. H. Spurgeon
The Great Commission
The Work of Missions
"All power is given unto me in heaven and in earth. Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:" Matthew 28:18-20
The Great Commission is not a command to the missionary alone, but to the entire body of Christ. I have heard the excuss, "I'm not called to GO, but to Send". Really, what about our next door neighbor, are we not called to GO to our own Jerusalem first? (Read Beginning at Jerusalem by C. H. Spurgeon)
"Thus it is written,and thus it behooves, that repentance and remission of sin should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem." Luke 24:47 The Commission is to Go and to Tell, whether it is in our own Jerusalem, or the utter most parts of the earth.
"No man, when he hath lighted a candle, putteth it in a secret place, neither under a bushel, but on a candlestick, that they which come in may see the light." Luke 11:33 The heart of the command is to be a light to the world, where ever in the world you may be.
From Jerusalem, the gospel was to be propagated throughout the world. The church, however has largely neglected this command leaving it to only a handful who heard, and obeyed the call to GO. At the end of World War II, when Douglas Macarthur took command of the Japanese islands, he called for the church to send 500 missionaries. Only 55 were sent, and Japan went back to her idols.
Here at The Old Time Gospel ministries, we believe strongly in the work of world missions. My wife and I have had a deep burden for the work of missions for over seventeen years and have involved ourselves in many different ways. My most recent trip was to Belize, Central America where I taught and preached "Christ Crucified" for five weeks on the island of Ambergris Caye.
The Soul-Winner by C. H. Spurgeon
How to Lead Sinners to the Saviour
"Brethren, if any of you do err from the truth, and one convert him; let him know, that he which converteth the sinner from the error of his way shall save a soul from death, and shall hide a multitude of sins." James 5:19-20
Facts That Shame The Church
There are over 2,700,000,000 people who have never heard the Gospel at all, and there are only 5,000 to 7,000 missionaries worldwide, working directly with these totally unreached groups of people. That means there is approximately one missionary for every 450,000 of these people!
There are over 16,000 different and distinct cultures and people, groups, even whole countries, where not one single church is in existence. There are 7,010 distinct living languages, and 5,199 of them still have no Bible or Scripture translations available in their own language!
Do these figures move you at all? Does it matter to you than an estimated 80,000 unsaved people die every day (approximately 3,333 every hour...55 people every single minute!) to face the judgment seat of Christ?
Right now worldwide there are only 85,000 workers on the mission field, working mainly among those who have heard the Gospel before. This figure includes missionaries from all over the world of every nationality. When you compare this number with the amount of Americans selling Avon or Amway products, it is staggering. Just in America alone there are 435,000 Avon sales-people (with 1,280,000 worldwide), and over 750,000 Amway products distributors (with over a million worldwide)! Do you realize that these two companies combined have fourteen times more representatives in the United States alone than the Church of Jesus Christ has in the whole world outside of America? And what about the Christian representatives we do have in the world?
Only nine percent of the world's population speaks English, and yet ninty-four percent of all ordained preachers in the whole world minister to the nine percent who speak English. And ninty-six percent of all Christian finances are spent in the United States on six percent of the world's population. Only four percent of all Christian money is spent on missionary efforts to reach the other ninty-four percent of the world's population!
There are over 1,000,000 full-time Christian workers in the United States; while one half of the world's population (three major groups - Moslem, Hindu, and Chinese), 2,200,000,000 people. have only 2,417 full-time Christian workers. As you can see by these figures, something is definitely wrong. While we in America have approximately one worker for every 230 people.
Those who have never heard the Gospel even once have one worker for every 450,000 souls!" At our home bases we have only about four new converts a year for over two hundred professed believers. At this rate it would take centuries to reach the current population of the earth.
I read where a man said the Irish have a saying that: "Facts are like mules; they are stubborn things and must be faced." We must face sober realities and confess that, unless something revolutionary takes place in our midst at once, then we shall have failed God, and we will be held responsible at the Judgment Seat of Christ.
Success of the Early Church in Reaching the Lost
They succeeded where we have failed. So we must get back to apostolic evangelism. Dr. Graham Scroggie says: "The period covered by the Acts is approximately 53 years (B.C. 4 - A.D.30) thus showing how intense is the activities of this first generation of the Church History. Had the later generations of the Church followed the example of the first, the world would have been evangelized fifty times by now."
The truth is the church in its first 25 years of existence accomplished more than at any other time in the history of Christianity.
Their very existence was a living miracle of the power of God. Who would believe the fantastic story that Jesus of Nazareth, that man who died such an ignoble death of shame as a criminal on a felon's cross, had risen from the dead, and that He was the Son of God? Yet they had daily additions of 3,000 and 5,000.
They lived in a hostile atmosphere. The church's message was in direct opposition to the Jewish religion and to the worldwide conquest of Imperial Rome.
Information gather by R.T.
Used by Permission
Seven of the Ten
Here is a great story proving that God does change things in answer to our prayer. It was taken from a circular letter of the Inland South America Missionary Union, dated, December 1, 1940.
Seven of the ten, an answered prayer on the mission field:
A missionary, and his wife, in charge of some ten stations, felt constrained to write to their Secretary in the Homeland confessing that there seemed to be no progress whatever in their stations. Because of indifference, opposition and ignorance they had made no headway. The position seemed hopeless to human eyes.
The missionaries suggested to the Secretary that he try to find ten people who would each make one of these stations his or her prayer object, and pray unceasingly for the work of the Lord in it. Time passed and things began to happen in seven of the stations. Revival broke out. The Gospel was gladly received by the people and great numbers were brought into the Church. But in the other three stations there was no change.
Again the missionaries wrote to the Secretary describing what had happened in seven of the stations and expressing their anxiety concerning the other three. They asked him if he could suggest any explanation. It was not difficult for the Secretary to make clear the seeming mystery. He had succeeded in getting several people to pray for seven of the ten stations; and in the seven stations for which these seven people had been so faithfully praying God had graciously answered in revival blessing.
How about you dear friend? Are you faithfully praying for missions and missionaries? If not, why not start today!
Pray one for another:
"The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much." James 5:16
- Ready An Ambassador is alert for chances to represent Christ and will not back away from a challenge or an opportunity.
- Patient An Ambassador won't quarrel, but will listen in order to understand, then with gentleness seek to respectfully correct those in opposition.
- Reasonable An Ambassador has informed convictions (not just feelings), gives reasons, asks questions, aggressively seeks answers, and will not be stumped by the same challenge twice.
- Tactical An Ambassador adapts to each unique person and situation, maneuvering with wisdom to challenge bad thinking, presenting the truth in an understandable and compelling way.
- Clear An Ambassador is careful with language, and will not rely on Christian lingo nor gain unfair advantage with empty rhetoric.
- Fair An Ambassador is sympathetic and understanding towards the opposition, and will acknowledge the merits of contrary views.
- Honest An Ambassador is careful with the facts and will not misrepresent his opponent, overstate his own case, or understate the demands of the Gospel.
- Humble An Ambassador is provisional in his claims, knowing that his understanding of truth is fallible, and will not press a point beyond what his evidence allows.
- Attractive An Ambassador will act with grace, kindness, and good manners and will not dishonor Christ in his conduct.
- Dependent An Ambassador knows that effectiveness requires joining his best efforts with God's power.