What do you think about Christian Missions?
June 12, 2007 7:52pm CST
This question is, of course, for Christians in first place. Do you support missions? Are you in contact with some missionaries? Would you be a missionary? Do you think that there are sufficient Christian missions? In second place, welcome everybody who has an argument in pro or against Christian missions. I myself, promote Christian missions and have noticed that most churches aren't very interested in this issue. I'm temporarily waiting to soon leave for missions. I'm all sure about my belief, but it would be so instructive to hear your opinions. Thanks for posting!
13 Jun 07
Hi Vivienna. I do support Christian missionaries out there. I may not be in direct contact with them but I help through giving out some monetary help. In our church, when a missionary presents his mission and asks for prayers and support, our pastor would then ask us who wants to make a commitment to help the missionary. We are not forced to do it. We make monetary commitment out of our own will. And it's nice to be of help to them. It's like I've also played a part of winning other souls from other countries or places for our God even though my presence is not there. From various missionaries that I've seen, I can see that it's really hard being in the mission field. And so, our prayers and monetary help (if we can afford) really mean a great deal to them. Kudos to you and to all those missionaries out there. May God bless you all. :) Keep on serving Him til He comes.
13 Jun 07
Most Christians I know are not interested in missions. They give a little money two or three times in the year, but don´t ask for unreached people groups. Many churches are aware of the need of Christ around them, but not how much other nations and people need to know Jesus. Now it is more difficult to make missions because of the war. Let´s all pray to God that he may heal so many wounds and hearts, and people will receive Jesus.
13 Jun 07
Good day to you vivienna. You know I always wanted my belief based on the Bible. Yes I agree in Christian Missions, in fact in Mat.28:19-20 our Lord Jesus Christ instructed his disciples to go and teach all nations...teaching them to observe all things what Jesus Christ have commanded them. So there's really a mission according to the bible. If we noticed it says " all things that Jesus Christ have commanded". because although if we do mission but not in accordance with Jesus teachings, it's nothing, all is in vain. So many religion scattered everywhere, they even cite a single verse and thats it, tell a story with their own explanation. And asking for tithes and love offerings. We should ask ourself, is that in the bible? Is that really teachings of Jesus Christ in Christian era? We have to consider these kind of questions like what it says in 1Jn.4:1...test every spirits whether they are of God..because there are greedy dogs stated in the Bible, in Isaiah 56:11 they call it greedy dogs which can never have enough. The Bible speaks of the truth, so if we do missions, do it according to instructions of Jesus Christ. Have a nice day to you..
13 Jun 07
Welcome 012401. You have a very good point marking the importance of preaching the true message of Jesus. I'm convinced that it is not enough to plant new churches, but that these churches demostrate being a new community in Christ. To give money to God is an act of gratitude and love, it must be dedicated to expand the Kingdom, or else it is for vanity. Thank you!
14 Jun 07
Hello there! Just additional information. We don't need to plant a new church, we don't have the rights, and it is against the Bible. Why? Because there is only one church, in Efe.4:4 there is only one body, and what is body? Col 1:18, the church. He will gather His sheep into His fold. If we really seeking the truth and follow God's will. We have pattern, we must be guided by the "Bible" so we will not be lost. Remember that there so many denomination and false prophets are gone out into this world. They are not really a shepherd; they are hireling and care not for the sheep, Jn.10:12-13. They are after only for their own interest. maybe this is your calling, your desire of your heart to leave for a mission. Remind you my friend, continue seeking the truth, just pray to GOD and I believe you will found the truth. "Look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen" that is ETERNAL. Good day my friend.
14 Jun 07
"Planting a new church" means planting the seed for a new local community of the one and only Church of Jesus. We agree completely in that there is only one Church, but as people live in so many places, it is necessary that there will be local churches in every place. Think of the Bible and how Paul went and planted the seed of new local churches, wherever he went. I hope our little misunderstanding is cleared up. :)
3 Aug 07
I do believe that most missions have noble purposes. I do support missions no matter what it is because I respect all religions, cultures and influences. There are so many ways to do it. Either by a small amount of donation or just by listening to them even for 10 mins. I welcome almost everyone if the intention is just to share what they know. But if they will appear like forcing me to join, I would send them out of my house as soon as possible. (Just kidding.)
4 Aug 07
Dear hersmart4ever, I think you have noble feelings. Like you I respect all religions, cultures and influences - as long as they don't teach violent harmful behavior as part of their doctrine - but when supporting missions it should be because of one is convinced that the faith they promote is the one that will help and save people. Of course you are right when not allowing to be forced. Force and manipulation are an obstacle for true conviction and conversion!