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Everybody — Somebody — Anybody — Nobody

Everybody — Somebody — Anybody — Nobody

This is a little story about four people named Everybody, Somebody, Anybody, and Nobody. 

 

There was an important job (the Great Commission) to be done and Everybody was sure that Somebody would do it. 

Anybody could have done it, but Nobody did it. 

Somebody got angry about that because it was Everybody’s job. 

Everybody thought that Anybody could do it, but Nobody realized that Everybody wouldn’t do it. 

It ended up that Everybody blamed Somebody when Nobody did what Anybody could have done. So how can you get involved in the Great Commission? Can you give, pray, or go? 

The Pastor and His Relationship to the Missionary

The Pastor and His Relationship to the Missionary

Excerpt from the book “Missions For The New Millennium” by Dr. Don Wardlaw

1. Are we ready to take the challenge which lies before us?

2. Are we ready to make the changes necessary to keep our missionaries mission ministries going?

3. Are we burdened?

4. Can we face the reality?

5. Is our maturity level high enough?

6. Will the Lord join our efforts?

7. With no long-range plans, what can we expect?

8. Will we continue the same old status quo?

9. What was the faithful missionary’s approach thirty to forty years ago?

10. What is the faithful missionary’s approach today?

The Man Who Tried to Conquer the World

The Man Who Tried to Conquer the World

From chapter 22 of book Tales From India; Truth From Heaven by Dr. William Jeffcoat

Alexander the Great went forth with his great armies in hopes of conquering the world. Some claim that he did. One kingdom after another fell into his grasp. Yet it was the kingdoms of India which finally convinced first those who followed him and finally the great leader himself that such a dream of world dominion had come to its end. 

During his long journey home, the disillusioned conqueror of kingdoms fell ill in Babylon. He realized then that his might and his wealth were but passing fancies. As he prepared to depart from this world, he began to loosen his grasp on earthly vanities. 

Legend tells us that he gathered his generals around him and told them, “I will depart from this world soon… I have three wishes… please carry them out without fail.” He continued by saying, “My first desire is that my physicians alone must carry my coffin. Secondly, I desire that when my coffin is being carried to the grave, the path leading to the graveyard be strewn with gold, silver and precious stones that I have collected in my treasury. My third and last wish is that both my hands be kept dangling out of my coffin.” 

Those who stood nearby assured their great leader that his wishes would be followed with utmost care but then inquired as to the reasons for such desires. He replied by explaining each request. He wished for his physicians to carry his coffin so that all might realize that no man can prevent death. His own physicians were powerless to prevent this moment. The path to the grave was to be strewn with wealth as a reminder that he would take neither gold nor silver with him beyond this life. He had spent his life pursuing riches but would soon leave his treasures to other men. His hands were to extend from the coffin that he might even in his death say to all, “I came empty handed into this world, and empty handed I go out.” 

The first time that physicians are mentioned in the Bible, they are being instructed to embalm a dead man (Genesis 50:2). No man can prevent this moment that is faced by all men. Neither can the dead take a single coin beyond this life. The Scriptures tell us plainly, “For we brought nothing into this world, and it is certain we can carry nothing out” (1 Timothy 6:7). 

Letter From an Atheist that Changed CT Studd

Letter From an Atheist that Changed CT Studd

A tract written by an atheist dramatically changed the life of C.T. Studd, (1860-1931) and his perspective of the short time we have on this earth. It seemed to help him turn from lukewarm Christianity to being on fire for God. After reading the tract, he walked away from great financial wealth and being one of the greatest athletes in England’s history, to become a missionary in China and Africa. What did the tract say? It said: 

“Did I firmly believe, as millions say they do, that the knowledge and practice of religion in this life influences destiny in another, religion would mean to me everything. I would cast away all earthly enjoyments as dross, earthly cares as follies, and earthly thoughts and feelings as vanity. Religion would be my first waking thought, and my last image before sleep sank me into unconsciousness. I should labor in its cause alone. I would take thought for the tomorrow of eternity alone. I would esteem one soul gained for heaven worth a life of suffering. Earthly consequences should never stay my hand, nor seal my lips. Earth, its joys and its griefs, would occupy no moment of my thoughts. I would strive to look upon eternity alone, and on the immortal souls around me, soon to be everlastingly happy or everlastingly miserable. I would go forth to the world and preach it in season and out of season and my text would be, “What shall it profit a man if he gain the whole world and lose his own soul?”

Mr. Studd said, “I at once saw that this was truly consistent Christian life. When I looked back upon my own life I saw how inconsistent it had been. I therefore determined that from that time forth my life should be consistent, and I set myself to know what was God’s will for me. But this time I determined not to consult with flesh and blood, but just waiting until God should show me.”

So think about the tract and ask yourself, “What does it profit you to have all and not serve Christ?” 

Equality of the Spoils

1 Samuel 30:21-25

“For who will hearken unto you in this matter? but as his part is that goeth down to the battle, so shall his part be that tarrieth by the stuff: they shall part alike.” (vs.24)

 

The 400 men who had fought with David did not want to share the spoil with the 200 men that stayed back. David made a decree that whoever stays back should have the same part as those that go to war. The men who stayed back did their part just as the men who went to war. This is a great principle. Yes, there is equality in sharing, but there’s also equality in working. If the men did not watch the stuff, they had no right to the spoil. But if the men watched the stuff, they were having apart just like the men that were out at war. The equality of the spoil depended on the equality of work. When everyone works, everyone deserves the fruit of spoil.

The equality of the spoils can be applied when it comes to missions. How beautiful it is that when a missionary wins someone to Christ, that joy is shared. When a church is started on the mission field when a man is trained for ministry when a first-generation Christian gets on fire for Jesus and wants his entire family saved. What a beautiful thing it is when we get to participate in the fruit of what happens on the mission field. But, we must remember that the spoils (great benefits) for those that stayed by the stuff was only if they truly did their part. This was not a welfare system that anyone and everyone can have a part, this was a law put in place that the equality of benefits depended on the equality of work. So, how can we at home receive the benefits of souls saved, lives changed, men trained for ministry and churches started on the mission field? 

  1. Participate in the Work. 

No doubt that not everyone will go to the mission field, yet there should still be an equal sacrifice. Are you giving your time, talent and treasure to get the Gospel out? What are you doing right now that matters for the Kingdom of God? 

  1. Pray for the Work. 

We need more workers, everyone knows this, but are you praying that God will raise up more workers? (Matthew 9:36) We can be praying for the safety of the missionary, open doors from God and the fruit of souls saved and men called to ministry. The missionary will see the presence of God on the mission field, largely in part to your intercessory prayers. 

Are you praying God will raise someone out of your own family or out of your church to go? Are you praying that God will let you and your church support world-wide missions? How specific are your prayers? God is the One who does the work, but God wants His children to lift up their requests to Him in prayer. 

  1. Partner in the Work. 

The church of Philippi had fruit to their account (Philippians 4:17) because they sent once and again for Paul’s necessity (Philippians 4:16). They partnered financially and we’re going to reap spiritual blessings. But not only is there a partnership in the financial aspect, but there is also a great need for encouragement to the missionary as well. An email, letter or phone call just to say you’re praying will go a long way to let a missionary know he is not alone on the field. Even going a little farther through personally supporting him, mailing a care package, making a visit to see him and his ministry can prove to the missionary that you are partnering with him in his call for sharing the Gospel in a foreign land. Be his yokefellow (Philippians 4:3) and help him carry the load. Be his representative and spokesperson to your church. Be his recruiter to get more laborers to his field. Be his partner in ministry as He begs for God’s help in a foreign land. 

 

Here to Serve, 

Jeff Bush

How Pastors Can Bless Missionaries on Deputation

How Pastors Can Bless Missionaries on Deputation

By Pastor TL Jones

  1. Respond to their phone calls. Even if you’re not going to have them in they need to know.
  1. If you book them don’t cancel them at the last minute. That’s rude.
  1. Be upfront about your intentions. If they have no shot at support just say so. Let them schedule a church that may help them.
  1. Provide them with clean private accommodations like a nice motel or empty home. Putting them with families in your church never allows them to really relax. 
  1. Let the missionaries preach instead of having a well known preacher do all the preaching during a conference. It’s their best opportunity to convey their vision and passion.
  1. Treat their wives and children extremely well. Those children will never forget how they’re treated on deputation. Let’s give them good memories. We like to give the kids their own personal offering.
  1. Don’t bog them down with chores while they’re with you. If the missionary is working deputation properly he should be on the phone not painting your attic.
  1. Don’t overwhelm them with ridiculous questionnaires. Ask the important things about doctrine and methodology but please don’t ask if a man’s wife wears pajamas to bed — that’s stupid. 
  1. Check for vehicle needs like oil changes, tire conditions, etc. We want them safe on the road when they leave us for the next church. 
  1. Give them a generous love offering. A full Sunday ought to be no less than $300. A full week — you do the math. That man has got to care for his family and serving your church is worthy labor. 

 

Bonus tip: How would you want your son and daughter treated if God called them to missions?

If a pastor wants to see more laborers for the field, he should

Personal notes from the book Missions by Andy Johnson

 

1. Preaching from the Pulpit 

Use illustrations, use victories and use stories of all God is doing overseas. 

 

2. Praying from the Pulpit 

Teach your people to pray for missions, the lost and the need for more laborers.

 

3. Relationship Based 

Get to know your missionaries, their needs, their families and their ministries. Help them, go see them and send a group from your church to visit them.