The Calling of Missionary

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THEOLOGICAL CENTRE FOR ASIA (MALAYSIA)

THE CALLING OF A MISSIONARY

A PAPER SUBMITTED TO THE TCA FACILATOR, DR. TERESA CHAI Ph.D. , IN PARTIAL FULFILMENT OF THE REQUIREMENTS OF THE COURSE MI 110 ON THE PRINCIPLES OF MISSION

BY STUDENT NO. KCH00001

MALAYSIA
08 DECEMBER 2007

TABLE OF CONTENTS

The Primary Call…………………………………………………………………………3

The Missionary Call……………………………………………………………………...4

Exhortations from the Bible……………………………………………………………...4

Old Testament and missions……………………………………………………………..5

New Testament and missions …………………………………………………………..8

The First Missionary…………………………………………………………………….9

The Command…………………………………………………………………………..10

The Story of Mary Slessor………………………………………………………………11

Practical Steps…………………………………………………………………….……. 11

When does God call people to long-term missionary service?.........................................13

Bibliography……………………………………………………………………………14

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THE CALLING OF A MISSIONARY

What is a missionary call? How does one recognize that God is calling him or her into an international mission field or to local mission? Before we can answer the above questions, we must firstly define what is the meaning of the word “Missionary”. One person defines a missionary is someone sent by Jesus Christ just as He was sent by God. Here the great controlling factor is not the needs of people, but the command of Jesus. Another definition for a missionary is any Christian who crosses cultural boundaries to further the building of Christ’s church and the expansion of God’s kingdom. In a sense, Jesus Christ was our prime missionary example in that he crossed from the kingdom culture and lived his life for three and half years in a new culture known as earthly kingdom.

The Primary Call
Every Christians have an initial call from God i.e the calling to accept the salvation of God. This is the main call of every believers in Christ. If a person does not have a personal relationship with Jesus Christ as his Lord and personal Saviour, then he can’t proclaim the Good news of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. How can he proclaim what he himself has not experience. An example in the Bible can be said of the Apostle Paul. He had to have an encounter with Jesus Christ before he was commission to be an Apostle to the Gentile.(Acts 9:1-22) Similarly he or she is then commanded by Jesus Christ to share the good news of this salvation to the unbelievers. Such proclamation can be done locally or abroad as the directed by God.

The Missionary Call
However, before a person can accept the missionary call, one must have a clear understanding of God’s redemptive mission on earth. In the Bible, there are a lot of scriptures to back up God’s mission endeavor. In the book named “ The Condensed World Mission Book” the editor Jonathan Lewis quoted John R. W Stott as saying this“ Without the Bible world evangelization would be not impossible but actually inconceivable. It is the Bible that lays upon us the responsibility to evangelize the world, give us a gospel to proclaim, tell us how to proclaim it, and promises us that it is God’s power for salvation to every believer. It is moreover, an observable fact of history, both past and contemporary, that the degree of the church’s commitment to world evangelization is commensurate with the degree of its conviction about the authority of the Bible. Whenever Christians lose their confidence in the Bible, they also lose their zeal for evangelism. Conversely, whenever they are convinced about the Bible, they are determined about evangelism.”

Exhortations from the Bible
The Bible is full of explicit as well as implicit references to God's will for world evangelism. Most evangelical believers are familiar with the Great...
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