Sunday, December 18, 2016

Missions in the New Testament - The Gospels

The New Testament is completely focused on missions. It tells the story of how salvation spread from the Jews (God’s chosen people) to the Gentiles throughout the earth. The Gospels reveal how God loved the world so much that He sent His only Son, that whoever would believe in him would have eternal life. The book of Acts is a history of the missions efforts of the early church.  The epistles were letters written to churches that had been established by missionary efforts. Without missions, there would be no New Testament.

Matthew 4:8-10 (NKJV) Again, the devil took Him up on an exceedingly high mountain, and showed Him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. And he said to Him, “All these things I will give You if You will fall down and worship me.” Then Jesus said to him, “Away with you, Satan! For it is written, “You shall worship the Lord your God, and Him only you shall serve.” - Satan knew God’s passion for the world.
Matthew 6:9-10 The Lord’s Prayer “Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.
Matthew 8:11 (Luke 13:29) “Many will come from the east and the west, and will take their places at the feast…in the kingdom of heaven.”
Matthew 10:18 “On my account you will be brought before governors and kings as witnesses to them and to the Gentiles.”
Matthew 13 (Ezekiel 17:23) parables of sower, weeds, mustard seed, fishing net
Matthew 24:14 “this Gospel will be preached in the whole world.”
Matthew 28:19-20 (NKJV) Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age. Amen.”
Mark 11:17 (Isaiah 56:7) “a house of prayer for all nations.”
Mark 13:10 “the Gospel must first to preached to all nations.”
Mark 16:15 “Go into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.”
Luke 2:32 “A light for revelation to the Gentiles.”
Luke 10:2 “Harvest is plentiful, but the workers are few.”
Luke 10:27 “Love your neighbors as you love yourself.”
John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only son…”
John 4:35 (NKJV)Do you not say, There are still four months and then comes the harvest? Behold, I say to you, lift up your eyes and look at the fields, for they are already white for harvest!”
John 12:32 “I, when I am lifted up from the earth, will draw all men to myself.”

John 21:4-14 some Bible commentators have said that the 153 fish represent the number of all the tribes and nations that the ancients thought existed on the earth.