Always on mission - Explore the Bible for February 25, 2018
Explore the Bible
February 25, 2017
Acts 28:17-28 (HCSB)
Believers should always be on mission for God. For more than 30 years I have been part of the Arkansas Baptist State Convention (ABSC) family and have received tremendous resources and opportunities to be on mission for Christ. I have been involved in Church-for-a-Day, Nail Benders, Baptist Builders, chaplaincy and disaster relief. Because of the Cooperative Program funds and the Dixie Jackson offering, I have received opportunities, training and equipping to “be on mission.” My church has the same missional mentality. There are so many opportunities in our church that all members can be on mission for Christ. There are so many other ways a believer can get involved in missions in their church and/or in the convention.
The Apostle Paul was always on mission for Christ despite chains, guards or shipwrecks. Paul met with the Jewish leaders in Rome. He made it clear that his appeal to Caesar was not an indictment against his nation but rather he was a prisoner on behalf of Israel and for their hope (Acts 28:20). Paul outlined to the Jewish leaders in Rome what led him to appeal to Caesar.
These leaders showed interest in hearing Paul’s defense of himself and the message he preached. He met with them, shared the gospel and utilized the Old Testament Scriptures. A debate arose among the leaders about Gentiles being included in salvation. To those who rejected his message, Paul explained their rejection was a fulfillment of Isaiah 6:9-10.
God uses a variety of ways and means to bring believers in contact with those who need to know the gospel. As believers, we should be looking for opportunities to share the gospel with every person we encounter, especially those who want to know more. As we share the gospel, we need to be aware that not all people will respond favorably to the gospel. We should share regardless of the response. God’s offer of salvation is offered to all people, and God uses all believers to be His witnesses.