Missions

Call to Missions

The book of Acts has rightly been called the “Missionary Manual of the Church.” There are two things to remember in studying this fifth book in the New Testament. First, here are Scriptural and spiritual principles for us to follow in our missionary work. Second, while these principles will not change, yet the strategic methods of carrying out these principles will vary. Before studying Missions in the book of Acts, there are a few characteristics of this book that deserve our attention.

 

(a) There was complete dependence upon God the Holy Spirit, so that this book is often called “The Acts of the Holy Spirit.”

(b) There was a simple and natural development of the work, for God’s work is frequently depicted as a growth.

(c) Following evangelism, there was an emphasis upon establishing local churches so that believers could meet together for worship, fellowship and instruction.

(d) There was an absence of organization, board, or councils exercising authority over local churches.

(e) Three is little mention about financial support of workers and no record of the number of converts (except in round figures in two cases –2:41, 4:4).


In this study we will consider the Call to Missions. We are all familiar with the Great Commission given by Christ to His disciples. Its importance may be gauged by the fact that it is found in different words in each of the four Gospels and in the first chapter of Acts. His final words, His parting blessing before He ascended contained this: “But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto Me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.”

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