In the first, blog on this topic of the mission, we took the careful approach of defining terms and wrote about the urgency of the mission. Now we want to spend time today discussing the power behind the mission manifesto of our King Jesus.
What Tools Are Given to The Troops?
When any king sends his troops into battle, he takes careful, attention to make sure those troops are properly trained and empowered to accomplish the mission he is sending them to perform. Our King Jesus sends his troops out with only one weapon to win the world for His kingdom, “the Gospel.” The mission mandate is clear, “Preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
Baptize all the nations, “Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved,” Mark 16:16. The preaching of the Gospel includes baptism. Baptism is also the Gospel. It is the “visible Word”. King Jesus equips the troops for mission armed with His message of salvation; the Gospel converts the enemy and the recruit seals that promise of eternal life with the waters of baptism. Baptism seals the promise and the certainty of God’s grace and salvation. What an excellent weapon to take into battle with Satan and his army.
The Goal of the Mission.
When the Apostle Paul addressed King Agrippa, he describes how Jesus personally recruited him for the mission work. In Acts 26, “16 Get up! Stand on your feet! I have appeared to you for this purpose: to appoint you as my servant and witness of what you have seen and what I will show you. 17 I will rescue you from your people and the Gentiles. I am sending you 18 to open their eyes. Then they can turn from darkness to light and from the power of Satan to God, and receive forgiveness of sins and a place among those who are made holy by faith in me.’”
What Paul discovered in a personal way through his encounter with the Resurrected King Jesus Christ was the Gospel alone is the means by which humanity is rescued. Jesus sets us free from the hands of Satan. Humanity receives a release from the chains of sin through forgiveness of sin won from us through the King’s offering of his life on Calvary’s cross. This new faith comes with an inheritance in heaven and an adoption into God’s family of faith.
The Objective of the Mission
This mission work is hard. The mission is done not for personal gain, as a matter of fact, it comes at a significant cost. You could lose dear friends and family. You could suffer persecution, even loss of life. You will not be popular. Instead, you will most like be alienated and hated. You may not be famous or be tasked to run a Fortune 500 company. None of those things is our target; that is not why we are here. We are here for the sole purpose to bring eternal life to the perishing, to build up the Kingdom of God. To place living stones, the lives of the regenerated, into the new Temple of God. The results of our mission work, its milestones, its landmark defining moments are not measured here on earth.That moment comes to light, is revealed; we see the treasures the mission work accomplished in heaven.
This mission accomplished moment does not point back to the missionaries; it is a Holy Spirit work, it is his celebration. The captives being set free, the lost sons and daughters are found, the afflicted soul comforted, that is what this Church thing is all about. It is not about meetings and building projects, or even denominations conventions and politics. It is about the lost, the brokenhearted; the disenfranchise all finding their place in the King’s kingdom through faith. This is the burden of the Gospel; this is the responsibility of the Church’s mission. This is the sole reason that we exist, move and have our being. God Bless His Church and God keep our eyes always firmly grounded in our mission.
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