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Missions has a very special purpose in Christian work; it spreads the gospel to the far reaches of the earth. Many of the early church embarked on missionary journies throughout the world, some of these included Luke, Mark, Paul, Timothy, Barnabas, Silas, and more. Following in their footsteps, we should also have a heart to reach out to those who need the Gospel of Christ.

Not only should we be willing to follow the examples of the early church, we should also be willing to follow the commandments given to us by our Lord Jesus Christ. In Mark 16:15 Christ gives the command to "go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature." Matthew 28:19 states, "Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Ghost." These two verses are part of what's known as the Great Commission which is given a total of five times in the New Testament.

If you break down the word 'commission' you get co- meaning working together and -mission meaning a designated task set down by a higher authority. That means by following the Great Commission, we are working together with our missionaries, here in the United States and all around the world, accomplishing the most important task of our lives, sent down to us by the highest authority of all. We are following God's command to spread His Gospel to all nations.

So, why is missions important? Missions enables men and women to spread the love of Christ to a hurting world. Missions enables us to follow the commands that Christ has left for us. Missions ensures that when it is time for the harvest, there will be plenty of workers ready.

Christ said in Luke 10:2; "The harvest truly is great, but the labourers are few: pray ye therefore the Lord of the harvest, that he would send forth labourers into his harvest."



Missions work is as difficult and oftentimes dangerous as it is important and we should have a heart of prayer and support for those in the missions field. Prayer is a valuable asset to our missionaries because the power of God and of Christ as our intercessor accompany it. Perhaps the most famous missionary, the Apostle Paul, wrote these inspired words:

Brethren, pray for us. - 1 Thessalonians 5:25

Now I beseech you brethren, for the Lord Jesus Christ's sake, and for the love of the Spirit, that ye strive together with me in your prayers to God for me; - Romans 15:30

Praying always with all prayer and supplication in the Spirit, and watching thereunto with all perseverance and supplication for all saints; and for me that utterance may be given unto me, that I may open my mouth boldly, to make known the mystery of the gospel, for which I am an ambassador in bonds: that therein I may speak boldly, as I ought to speak. - Ephesians 6:18-20

Withal praying also for us, that God would open unto us a door of utterance, to speak the mystery of Christ, for which I am also in bonds: - Colossians 4:3

Finally, brethren, pray for us, that the word of the Lord may have free course, and be glorified, even as it is with you: - 2 Thessalonians 3:1

It is very important that we, as brothers and sisters in Christ, lift up the men and women, serving in the mission field, with our prayers and support.



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