How To Become A Missionary? A Firm Foundation
Are you a believer who has a desire to learn more about missions? Many questions arise for someone who is looking to be a missionary, but we can and should rely on God`s word to give us the answers to many of the questions we face.
Questions such as:
- “How do I become a Missionary?”
- “What does life on the mission field look like?”
- “In what capacity can I serve?”
- “What are some needs that could be met through the skillsets that the Lord has given me?”
- “Where do I start when it comes to being involved in missions?”
- “What does it mean to be a missionary?”
- “What is the Mission of the Church?”
- The mission of the church is to bring glory to God (“In him we have obtained an inheritance, having been predestined according to the purpose of him who works all things according to the counsel of his will, 12 so that we who were the first to hope in Christ might be to the praise of his glory. 13 In him you also, when you heard the word of truth, the gospel of your salvation, and believed in him, were sealed with the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is the guarantee of our inheritance until we acquire possession of it, to the praise of his glory.” Ephesians 1:11-14).
- The mission of the Church is to make disciples. (“All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18-20).
In the Sermon on the Mount, Jesus tells a parable of the man who builds his house on a rock and compares him to a man who builds his house on the sand. The house built on the rock withstood the storm whereas the house built on the sand collapsed. Which man would you want to be?
“And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:26-27
Jesus said that the man who built his house on the rock was wise and the man who built his house on the sand He called foolish. Jesus was making the point that the only lasting foundation for life is adhering to His word and abiding in Him.
“Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock.” Matthew 7:24-25
Adhering to God`s word will give you a solid foundation that will withstand the storms and trials of life. God has given us His word as a guide, and we can respond to any situation that arises because we have His promises to stand upon. 1 Corinthians 3:11 says, “For no one can lay a foundation other than that which is laid, which is Jesus Christ.”
How To Become A Missionary? Studying And Understanding God`s Word Is A Crucial Step
A deep understanding of God`s Word is crucial in a life of ministry. Although the Lord can use a university degree or training in a specific trade… that`s not the most important aspect of ministry, the foundation of ministry is your relationship with the Lord through an understanding of His word.
Picture this: You receive a letter from someone who loves and cares for you more than anyone in the world… do you pick a piece of the letter and throw the rest of the letter out or do you read it all the way through? Most would choose to carefully read all of it with the intent to understand it well. Our Creator wants us to know Him, so He wrote a letter to us. We should never neglect to study God`s word from start to finish so that we can understand the big picture. The Bible is God`s love letter to us and He intended for us to read it from beginning to end. As we read Scripture and journey through the biblical narrative, we begin to understand God`s mission and are better equipped to become a part of it.
The first step to becoming a missionary is to know God`s word which holds the key to eternal life. Throughout Scripture, we see that God reveals who He is. His goodness and faithfulness are very evident as well as His other characteristics. His Word is true, and we can trust Him over our feelings. It makes sense that we want to deeply know God`s love letter to us before going and telling others about who God is. Walking with the Lord is important when it comes to ministry. Christ and His word are essential when it comes to a life of ministry and missions. From start to finish, God`s word reveals who He is and how we can trust Him and His perfect plan. As we study God`s word and watch His story unfold, we have a better understanding of what God`s mission is and how we best fit into His plan.
John 6:66-69 “After this many of his disciples turned back and no longer walked with him. So Jesus said to the twelve, “Do you want to go away as well?” Simon Peter answered him, “Lord, to whom shall we go? You have the words of eternal life, and we have believed, and have come to know, that you are the Holy One of God”
Hebrews 4:12: “For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.”
Isaiah 40:8: “The grass withers, the flower fades, but the word of our God will stand forever.”
James 1:22 “But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves.”
Psalm 119:130, “The unfolding of your words gives light; it imparts understanding to the simple.”
Psalm 18:30, “This God—his way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true; he is a shield for all those who take refuge in him.”
Matthew 24:35, “Heaven and Earth will pass away but my words will not pass away.”
How To Become a Missionary: Filled with the Knowledge of the Glory of the Lord!
Scripture tells us, “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD as the waters cover the sea.” Habakkuk 2:14. The Lord desires to have a relationship with people and He wants us to tell others about how great He is! It`s truly a joy and a privilege that the Lord has asked us to join Him in making His name known among the nations!
Next Steps: Come To Ethnos360 Bible Institute!
At Ethnos 360 Bible Institute, we desire to be a part of God`s plan to bring the Gospel to all people. The first step in training with Ethnos360 is two years of chronological Bible teaching. You won`t regret spending two years of your life going through Scripture deepening your relationship with the Lord and starting new relationships with other believers! At EBI, we value having a firm foundation in understanding the Bible and building solid relationships with those around us. Sign up for a Campus Visit weekend today and get a glimpse of what campus life is like!