Why missions? What is our mandate? Where does the power come from? Why can we trust that missions will succeed?
Here is a post from Bible-daily.org from today. This website encourages daily Bible reading, and this year will be reading with an emphasis on seeing the God of missions. Follow along this year!
In Acts 1, Luke tells us that, “ In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen.”
What commands did Jesus give right before he ascended? In Matthew 28:18-20, Jesus said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Here is our mandate for missions. Jesus has commanded us to go, to make disciples and to teach. And He promises to be with us, and not only that, HE has all authority and says that is the REASON we can go confidently. HE is sovereign!
Jesus asked the disciples to wait until the Holy Spirit came on them with power, and then to go. Acts 1:8 “ He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
- God is sovereign over all missions!
- God has given all authority to Jesus…ALL!
- God has given us the promised Holy Spirit and power for missions!
- He has promised to be with us in missions!
- We are to GO as He has commanded…missions!
Would you like to be involved with missions this month in a very practical way? VVMI has two trips to the Philippines this month of January, and while it is probably too late for you to go this month, you can give toward a strategic project that the teams will be bringing over. This project is an iMac computer system that will be used to produce God-glorifying, Gospel videos for unreached peoples in northern Luzon. We are especially excited that some new children’s videos, “Deditos”, will be dubbed into more than a dozen languages in 2010.
To give toward this iMac project, send your donation to VVMI, PO Box 37, Austin, MN 55912 or by going to GiveMN.org and clicking on the Vernacular Video Mission International page and following the donation link.