Why Missions: A Farewell Sermon
Pastor Paul Davis
Key Goals: (Know) To know God's plan for missions. (Feel) To feel an affinity for missions. (Do) To be humble senders or goers.
Directly expressed commands to proclaim Christ:
- Acts 1:8
- Acts 13:47
- Mark 16:15
- Romans 10:13-14
- 1 Chronicles 16:24
- Matthew 28:19-20
For the last 8 years we have served you as lead pastor. It has been the joy of our life, being a part of your children's dedications, baptisms, funerals, marriages, having an opportunity to preach, teach and counsel. I have so enjoyed working with our leadership team. Calvary, I hope you know how blessed you are to have such a godly team of capable men and women leading this church.
As we leave for ABWE I want to leave you with a challenge, but before I do I think that I should answer the question: Why. Why would we do this? Why leave a church we love and go into missions?
1. Because of God's stated goal.
Throughout all of human history, God's goal has been to reunite himself with fallen humanity (Isaiah 49:6; Mark 16:15). More than 86% of the 3 billion Buddhist, Hindu, or Muslim individuals do not personally know a Christian and have an almost zero percent chance of even meeting one.
2. Because of Revelation 7:9-10.
Right now it is estimated there are still over 6,700 people groups with zero Christian witness. God's plan is to reach every one of these people groups. His plan included using His people to do that.
3. The Money.
That may sound weird to you, but consider this: Until recently, American Christians gave less money to reaching the unreached than they did for buying Halloween costumes...for their pets. Calvary and The Church @ Hamilton gives about 14%, or fourteen cents for every dollar we collect, of our overall budget to missions, but the average church gives less than 2%, or two pennies of every dollar, it collects to missions. We can do better.
This is the burden God has given me. This is why we have said yes to this opportunity. This is why we are leaving the comfort of a church we love. This task, this mission, is what we have and will devote our life to.
We love you all deeply, and plead with you as we have many times before: Go into all the world and proclaim the Gospel. If you cannot go, then give and send someone to the task.
Acts 13:47 - For so the Lord has commanded us, saying, "I have made you a light for the nations, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth."