RCCG SUNDAY SCHOOL MANUAL LESSON 45
TOPIC: THE CHRISTIAN MISSIONARY
MEMORY VERSE: ‘’And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature” – Mark 16:15
BIBLE PASSAGE: Matthew 28:19-20
The business of missions does not exclude the Almighty God, the Lord Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit and the Church. Mission is a must and all real Christians should be interested.
1. Christian missions and home support
2. Lessons from the macedonian and philippian churches
3. You can be personally involved
CHRISTIAN MISSIONS AND HOME SUPPORT
Missionaries are those Christians sent across geographical and cultural boundaries to proclaim the gospel. The take off point is usually from an established body of Christ. It automatically follows, therefore, that the upkeep of the missionary there is the sole responsibility of other members of the body at home. It is written that if a member suffers, other members suffer also (1Corinthians 12:25-26). Christians are supposed to be co-labourers together with God (1Corinthians 3:8-9). Support in prayers and provision of physical needs for the missionaries on the field are the responsibilities of Christians at home. This is missions by proxy. There, on the mission field, it is expected of the missionary to concentrate in order to achieve the purpose for which God has sent him or her (Matthew 6:20-21). Any distractions whatsoever may hinder the speed of his or her primary assignments. Hence, the need for active and prompt home supports.
LESSONS FROM THE MACEDONIAN AND PHILIPPIAN CHURCHES
The Macedonian churches submitted themselves to the will of God and they willingly gave of their substances for the cause of the gospel. Similarly, the Philippians church communicated their substances with Apostle Paul, their gifts were sacrifices acceptable and of sweet odour unto God (Philippians 4:15-18). The unique ability of the Philippians chur ch to give to the mission field as compared to other churches at that time was also commended by Paul (Philippians 4:19).
YOU CAN BR PERSONALLY INVOLVED
The woman of Shunem in her spiritual perception found out the man of God (2Kings 4:8-10). God needed a place for the man of God to lay his head. Both she and her husband agreed to make a chamber for the man of God and put there some essential things needed by him. Priscilla and Aquila, a wonderful Christian couple, were helpers of Apostle Paul (Romans 16:3-4).
It is obvious that not all born again Christians can be out there on the mission field but all can be involved either directly or by proxy. God is still calling today. Whosoever is willing should respond. You can decide to begin to support a missionary, at least.
1. Give the biblical support for missions and home support.
2. What is peculiar about the Macedonian and Philippians churches in relation to missions?
3. Give two examples of families involved in mission by proxy, in the early Church.