WHAT IS A CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY?

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The Lord entrusts a Christian missionary to make disciples,(i.e followers of Christ). Jesus orders all Christians to preach the Gospel, His death and resurrection message that overcame the guilt and power of sin. 

“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19-20).

Who is a Christian missionary? Many people see a missionary as a middle-aged man who leaves his job to evangelize and plant churches either in his vicinities or outside. But it’s a very simple point of view. Today, African Christians are reaching out to Middle Eastern Muslims. College students spend the summer in Asia, teaching English. A family in America is close to and witnesses to international students. A truck driver meets both physical and moral needs and responds to an international disaster. They’re all missionaries.

Although there should be no stereotyping of missionaries, there should be a call. God calls them to set aside their personal interests in order to be witnesses of the Gospel. Like Isaiah, a missionary gladly says, “Here I am. Send me!” (Isaiah 6:8b). God also sends a missionary to a specific community of people, just as Paul was sent to the unreached Gentiles and Peter to the Jews (Galatians 2:8). Although the Christian missionary is theoretically one directly appointed by God and sent out by the local Church, each Christian has a duty to make disciples.

What does Christian missionaries do? A Christian missionary proclaims Jesus as the Savior. Who do they tell? Jesus made it clear that Christians would reach out to “all nations” (Matthew 28:19), especially to those ethnic groups without a witness to the Gospel. Groups of unreached people are still waiting for the way, the reality, and the life found in Christ (Romans 15:20). But Christians should be missionaries at home, doing personal evangelism in their own little way (Acts 1:8).

Missionaries are doing more than just evangelism. The mandate was to make followers. Thus, the outreach of a Christian missionary includes evangelism, discipleship, and the planting of churches. These main objectives are achieved in a variety of ways: street preaching, tract handouts, building churches, Bible studies, teaching English as a second language, relief programs, children’s clubs, mountain trekking, teaching literacy, radio broadcasting, etc.

How to Become a Missionary Christian

Following the call of God to become a missionary is a wonderful way of serving God. You are going to find thousands, even hundreds of ways that you can be a missionary. Missionaries must have certain distinctive attributes and personality traits. Some missions may require you to concentrate on yourself, while others may require you to work within a community. You must also be able to manage the ones you do not actually have a common belief system. Not everybody you meet will have exactly the same confidence and trust in your mission. That means, to deliver the holy messages effectively takes a lot of patience and understanding. The individual involved in mission work must take time to prepare themselves adequately for long-term service to the Lord. It’s a period of long term duty planning. This will take years to plan. But it will better equip the missionary for a lifetime of service.

1. The first step towards a fruitful evangelism mission starts by asking the Almighty if it is the right step to take. We need to ask himself whether he has a direct call from God to get into the mission field.

2. The second step is to brace yourself without a monthly paycheck or a comfortable lifestyle. Things are going to be a lot different than what you may have been used to.

3. There are several different groups of missionaries who want to get people to apply yourself in one.

4. You can engage in a training program until you are admitted. Teaching and training about who God is like and how to talk like Him.

5. If you’re on the field, there shouldn’t be a day when a move is taken without finding advice from Heaven.

6. lastly, the ‘learning’ stage is You should never miss the process of learning day by day. Traveling is part of the project. It is about enlightening the whole world and then educating yourself culturally. Learn descriptive words. If you know the language already, then educate yourself on the culture.

It takes time to train to become a Christian missionary. With God by your side, you have to believe that nobody can be against you firmly. Think of the great riches in Heaven that await you, and the souls that are constantly lost to the earth.

Evangelical Sacrifices and Missions

Missionary with an evangelistic vision sacrifices his personal life, including the security of his or her family. So it involves a lot of dedication and discipline. In no way is missionary work an easy job for someone to get involved with it quickly. This type of work requires diligence and bravery in overcoming various obstacles. It may be a part of the calling that checks how your faith stands and holds when you do a mission with great conviction that a lot of problems or crises will grow.

Missionary purpose is one of the noblest works which a human being could provide to his fellow race. Engaging in this noble act must have the heart to help other people at the expense of danger and personal necessities. Create a kind-hearted role to serve the needs of foreign individuals with sincerity. Every passing day we stand by and watch how our lives are lived without the complete happiness and satisfaction we want and need. Most people spend their time stressed out, worried, and constantly panic about what needs to be done about their future, raising their kids, wired up over work, school, and all the rest. At the same time, these people who have participated in the mission world think only of the goodness of others and of the universe. By leaving the comforts of what the world can bring, a missionary sets himself on a road of a higher calling and is thus on a quest that can’t be compared with anything else on earth.

Christian missionaries go in obedience to God’s call. God called the apostle Paul saying, “But rise, and stand upon thy feet: for I have appeared unto thee for this purpose, to make thee a minister and a witness both of these things which thou hast seen, and of those things in the which I will appear unto thee; Delivering thee from the people, and from the Gentiles, unto whom now I send thee, To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified by faith that is in me..” (Acts 26:16-18).

Jesus told us missionaries are faced with despair and pain. Missionaries leave behind families, experience shock, and rejection from society (Matthew 10:16-31). But they learn to rejoice in serving God, instead of slipping into self-pity or pride. Instead of being a burden, obedience to His call brings joy and eternal reward. So a missionary should not work out of obligation but out of love (2 Corinthians 5:14-21).

A Christian missionary delights in spreading the good news of Christ to the lost, just like Paul did: “Furthermore, when I came to Troas to preach Christ’s Gospel, and a door was opened unto me of the Lord, I had no rest in my spirit, because I found not Titus my brother: but taking my leave of them, I went from thence into Macedonia. Now thanks are unto God, which always causeth us to triumph in Christ, and maketh manifest the savour of his knowledge by us in every place. For we are unto God a sweet savor of Christ, in them that are saved, and in them that perish: To the one we are the savour of death unto death; and to the other the savour of life unto life. And who is sufficient for these things? For we are not as many, which corrupt the word of God: but as of sincerity, but as of God, in the sight of God speak we in Christ.” (2 Corinthians 2:12-17). Instead of pursuing personal benefit while witnessing, Christian missionaries bring glory to God by upholding God’s just creation, sacrificial death, and utter authority.

The Christian Missionary Aim

There are several major obligations that relate to Christian missions. Yet there are seven important tasks that are most central to all that can be mentioned. Below are the seven key points which are important to Christian missions.

Global Christian Mission is:

1. Exalt the Name of the Lord

2. Exemplify the Body of Christ

3. Evangelize Unbelievers

4. Educate Disciples

5. Establish Local Church Bodies

6. Equip and Empower National Leaders

7. Encourage the National Church as Co-Laborers in Christ

Exalt the Name of the Lord

First, Christian missions are exalting the One True God. Christians believe that there is only one Lord, God Almighty, the world creator, and all living things. He made every human being extraordinary, unique persons with eternal worth before his eyes. Exalting His Name means glorifying God, or making God look good and desirable to others in a simple sense. Certainly, people have the right to deny God, but because of the unseemly nature of a church group or team member, they can never condemn Him.

Exemplify the Body of Christ

Second, the Christian missions are about exemplifying the body of Christ. Exemplifying the Body of Christ means modeling the kind of loving fellowship which comes from knowing Jesus and walking together in the Holy Presence of God. Christian missionaries are far from perfect, but as a group, they serve to show a form of encouragement and camaraderie to those around the world that does not serve in the secular world. Christian mission teams are ambassadors or envoys serving the Kingdom of Heaven, a place of refuge, a safe haven from the storms of life. Exemplifying the Body of Christ means valuing each member with their specific faults and peculiarities, and helping each other prosper to the fullest capacity of God. As such, team members pursue God together, and when inevitably tension occurs, they are quick to talk through disagreements, forgive each other, and walk hand in hand together.

Evangelize Unbelievers

Christian Missions’ third important goal is evangelizing the unbelievers. Unfortunately, the word — evangelize — has a negative connotation, since it gives the image of a Christian hammering a non-Christian over his head with a Bible before they take refuge into submission and — pray the sinner’s prayer. — But in this sense, the term — evangelize — means — to say the good news — about God’s great love for them. To bear witness to Him, who He is and what He did.

If there is only One True God, then Christians must teach everyone about Him, including Christian missionaries, and how they can have a relationship with Him. It also involves telling people the good news about God’s Son Jesus Christ, his compassionate sacrifice on the cross to pay the penalty for our sins, and how Jesus defeated death by resurrecting on the third day.

It should maybe be written by saying the good news doesn’t mean pushing Christ down the throat of another human. Not even the most convincing individual can manipulate another individual into a true believer. Christians are called to love, to be kind, and to be cordial. It is the duty of God to persuade others to believe; it is the duty of the Christian missionary to express the good news merely in a loving way.

Educate Disciples of Jesus Christ

The fifth purpose of Christian missions is to educate disciples. Educating the disciples means teaching the new faithful how to grow in their faith and knowledge of God and Jesus. The Christian Bible should be the principal source of teaching. The basic principles of Christian faith and practice should be taught or educated to new believers, including how to:

— Worship God

— Bible Reading and Learning

— Pray for yourself, and for others

— A fellowship with other believers

— Managing dispute

— Pardon yourself and others

— Tell others about Jesus

Establish Local Church Bodies

Another job for Christian missions is to set up local church bodies or set up new church organizations. Christians were never supposed to live in solitary confinement. — individual has been created uniquely to work within a larger faithful organization. The reason this is so is that every human being in his or her abilities is finite. No-one is great at everything. Christians need to complement one another and help each other succeed in their full potential. The Christian Bible teaches us that in administering the Church, each member of the Christian family has been given unique spiritual gifts for support. The aim is to build a place of loving fellowship where fellow believers can worship God and encourage each other in their relationship with God and His Son, Jesus Christ.

It should be remembered that setting up a local church does not mean having the Church as American or Western cultural standards are. Every culture has its own better understanding of what the Church does mean.Missionaries should encourage national believers in their cultural backgrounds to explore what Church does mean.

Finally, one aspect of the challenge of setting up a local Church body is to educate and train them in church administration. That includes guiding them through the:

— Creating its own view of the Church,

— Writing Church Discipline Guidelines

— Learning how Church finances should be managed.

Putting together and inspiring national leaders

The sixth purpose of Christian Missions is to equip and empower national leaders. Christian task teams’ main goal is to work themselves out of a job. Many missionaries lack trust and belief in God in keeping His Church going when they leave. Christian politicians are also too reluctant to forsake national believers from the reigns of leadership. It seems quite curious that these missionaries, who trusted God enough to abandon home and family to go far away to a strange country, are unable to gather enough faith in God to elevate capable leadership in their position. Despite this, the creation of leadership is a core role of the Christian mission team.

Encourage the National Church as Co-Laborers in Christ

To stay on soil forever is not a reasonable aim for a Christian mission organization. Another imperative is for mission teams to identify an exit plan, define what a mature national church can look like and how to get back out when the time comes. That doesn’t mean the relationship must stop. In reality, Christian missions’ seventh aim is to promote the national Church as co-workers in Christ. Such motivation can come through periodic letters or visits. When a mission organization has left a foreign area, there will be periods in which the national Church and even one or more of the local bodies will face difficult times. It is not the mission group’s role to leap back and reclaim the reins, but rather to be there for moral reinforcement and support.

Several major obligations relate to Christian missions. Yet there are seven important tasks that are most central to all that can be mentioned. This article summarized the seven key points important to Christian missions and briefly addressed them.

Will you be a Missionary Christian? A Christian Missionary is Christ’s Ambassador. Everyone must be turned over to the Lord, loving Him with all their spirit, soul, mind, and power. In particular, a missionary is one whom God sends out to the unreached through the assistance of the Church. But all Christians are called to be Evangelical missionaries. Through these, the Lord works to save the lost. Which more prominent call should one answer?

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