RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL
Sunday, 17th July 2016
MISSIONS: MORE URGENT NOW THAN EVER (Part 1)
“And this gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.” – Matthew 24:14
BIBLE PASSAGE: Luke 4: 17-21
17 And there was delivered unto him the book of the prophet Esaias. And when he had opened the book, he found the place where it was written
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised
19 To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
20 And he closed the book, and he gave it again to the minister, and sat down And the eyes of all them that were in the synagogue were fastened on him.
21 And he began to say unto them, This day is this scripture fulfilled in your ears.
The Great Commission tells us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation (Mark 16:15). This has been the privilege of every believer throughout the history of the church (2 Corinthians 5:18). While “missions” is a vital and important assignment given by God to every believer, this key to world evangelisation seems to have been lost by the church. Hence, “missions” has become more urgent today, than it has ever been and the question is how relevant is it to you?
—– LESSON OUTLINES —–
I. THE URGENT MISSION
2. ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH MISSIONS
THE URGENT MISSION
The word ‘urgent’ means compelling or requiring immediate action or attention. It is about ‘now’ (2Corinthians 6:2). Jesus from the start of His ministry to the end of it never stopped to rest'(John 4:34; 9:4). The urgent mission is salvation for the lost, today (2 Corinthians 6:2). David recognised the urgency in God’s mission (1Samuel 21 :8). Opportunity for missions is time-bound (Nehemiah 2:6; Psalm 90:12). Life itself is short (James 4:14). The harvest season is brief (Jeremiah 8:20 John 4:35). An eternity of punishment will be too much to bear, yet, hell is unsatisfied (Isaiah 5:14). The urgent task before the church today is evangelism (Matthew 24:14; Luke 10:2).
ERRORS ASSOCIATED WITH MISSIONS
Urgent does not imply ‘anyhow’ or ‘whatever’. One error associated with missions is that in haste, many have embarked on the Great Commission wrongly resulting in “Great Omission”. This implies failure even if we complete the tasks. It is an error to think that we can make disciples without first having converts (Matthew 4:19; 28:19-20). Discipleship that is not centred on soul-winning is incomplete (Romans 10:13-15). True and complete missions outreach involves a good mix of evangelism and discipleship (Matthew 28:19-20).
“Missions” is more urgent today than before. At the same time, there is the need to do the right thing the right way. We must recover a scriptural sense of urgency for God to be truly glorified.
1. How urgent is the work of missions?
2. Mention two errors associated with missions.
o MONDAY: Romans 10:13-15 – Preach the good tidings of the Lord.
o TUESDAY: Matthew 4:19 – God, make me a fisher of men.
o WEDNESDAY: Luke 10:2 – God please send more laborers into the vineyard.
o THURSDAY: Nehemiah 2:6 – God give me grace for your work.
o FRIDAY: 1 Samuel 21:8 -I shall not be lazy in the work of God.
o SATURDAY: Jeremiah 8:20 – God save the body of Christ.
o SUNDAY: James 4:14 – I shall live a purposeful life.