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Who Needs Who

2/27/2017 11:57:00 AM

So often when we look at the Church/Missionary relationship I think we see the missionary as more in need of the church. However, as I was thinking about this recently I’m not so sure that this is truly the case. Yes it is true that our missionaries are mostly financially dependent on their church partners but as Here 2 There has been thinking more and more about the relationship between the two parties and the state of our churches today I’ve come to a certain realization: I believe that our churches need their missionaries, at the very least, as much as the missionaries need their churches.

When I look at the state of our churches right now I’m unsatisfied with what many of us are doing. It appears, and this certainly doesn’t apply to every church, that we are being much more inward focused than we should. Jesus, in the great commission, told us to make disciples in all nations. Are we impacting the whole world or are we paying others to it for us? Do we define our Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and the uttermost and are we His witnesses in those areas? I’ve not been to every church all over the world but I’d be willing to bet that for the vast majority of us the answer would be no. I think The Church is stagnant and happy to just move along in our comfortable services and do church inside our church buildings and pay others to do the real hard work.

So, with that being said, in order for the church to take up the mantle of Christ and really impact the world we need our missionaries to help re-energize our congregations. If missionaries are the ones on the front lines going out and battling in unknown lands and dealing with situations we have a hard time understanding then we need them to allow us to share with them their struggles, their pains and most of all their joys and wins for the gospel. I believe that this is how we wake up the church. If missionaries can understand how badly the church needs them and what they can do to pull our churches up out of this comfortable, stale, non-God-honoring flatline then I don’t see any way that the vibrancy of Christ’s church become the light of the world that this generation so badly needs.

The bottom line is this. I believe we will experience God in the most powerful way if we get out and serve others especially if we dare do to it in another culture. There is no way that we will allow God to show up in our comfortable lives the way we will need him to if we step out of that comfort and onto faith. As churches, we need to challenge our members to be more proactive about using the gifts and talents God has given us. As missionaries, The church needs us to show them how they can help fulfill the visions that God is giving us around the world.

Bryan Nicholson

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…and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.

Acts 1:8