II. Introduction

All disciples of Christ are called to witness for him, just as Jesus commanded his Apostles to witness for him. See Matthew 28:19,20; Acts 1:8. Certainly the eleven Apostles that remained with Christ after the resurrection could not carry the Gospel to the “ends of the earth” by themselves (Acts 1:8). So every believer is commanded to share the Good News of Christ as he or she goes about daily activities.  

Missions Work
typically involves witnessing in places where Christianity is not firmly established. So a Christian missionary may spread the Gospel and plant mission churches in foreign countries or in areas of his own country where the Good News of Christ has not penetrated. While the primary purpose of Christian missions is to spread the Gospel, it is also to help people with physical and social needs. So if possible, a Christian missionary does things like feeding the hungry, caring for the sick, and providing shelter for the homeless.

Some believers are called to full-time missions. In order to determine if you are called to such mission work, it is important to be sure of two things: (1) you have received eternal life, and (2) you know how to follow the guidance of God. Of course, these two essentials are valuable for more than just the call to missions, but throughout life. We want to be assured that we will go to be with God when we physically die. And we want to know how to follow God’s guidance in every stage of life.

Test Your Knowledge - Quiz #1

1. Missions work may include:
     A) Feeding the hungry
     B) Visiting lonely people
     C) Helping the sick
     D) All of the above

2. The primary purpose of missions is to:
     A) Spread the Gospel
     B) Build church buildings in foreign countries
     C) Go into existing churches and disciple believers
     D) All of the above