Editors Note to Readers
In this issue of The New Cruse we are dealing with the great calling of the Missionary and his task in reaching unreached regions of the earth with the true Gospel of Jesus Christ.
Missionary activity is the great task of the Church. A healthy Church will be a Missionary Church. A healthy and mature Christian will be missionary minded Christian. True local leaders will always support this primary task in and through the Church.
It was to this end that the Lord granted the Baptism of the Holy Ghost. It was by this means that lost souls in dark far flung nations were to be reached. It was for this purpose God gave gifted ministries.
Every spiritual revival in history has resulted in a powerful thrust forward in the task of individuals going forth to reach unreached areas of the world with the gospel.
The writings of Luke the physician in the Book of Acts only centre on the forward movement and evangelism of unreached areas with the gospel. When churches and individuals move from this primary task they fall out of sight in the narrative.
Our English word Missionary comes from the Latin meaning sent one. This is the very same meaning as apostle. Every apostle will be a missionary but not every missionary is an apostle. Paul drew many other labourers into missionary work in diverse places and regions but that in its self did not make them apostles if gifting but it certainly made them missionaries.
The missionary is one who is caught up and given over in spirit, soul and body to this task of carrying the gospel to the ends of the earth. On a secondary level the whole body of Christ is caught up in missionary vision, zeal and passion in this same task. The Church was birthed for such and cannot operate in line with the written Scriptures and in agreement with the Holy Ghost without being such.
May God again make our churches, missionary churches, where each believer learns to carry a burden for the nations and the dark places of the earth, by praying, giving and going.
Yours in Christ Jesus, Keith Malcomson
“There can be no forward movement in missions, no great offering of life, except as those are obtained through a deepening and broadening of the spiritual life of leaders of the church, and a genuine spiritual revival among the members.” – Andrew Murray
“Here am I, send me; send me to the ends of the earth; send me to the rough, the savage pagans of the wilderness; send me from all that is called comfort on earth; send me even to death itself, if it be but in Thy service, and to promote Thy kingdom.” – David Brainerd
“The religious life of the early Christians seems to have possessed some vitality or concentrated spiritual power that helped Christianity, possibly because they believed intensely what they knew. Whatever it was, those Christians were successful as unofficial missionaries.” – Dr. Stewart
“Today the challenge to reach the peoples of every nation and every tongue with the good news about Jesus is greater than at any other time in the history of the Church. Yet we find ourselves less committed and less convinced of the priority of world mission than perhaps we have ever been. We need to return to the words of Jesus and obey them.” – Ross Paterson
“In little more than ten years St Paul established the church in four provinces of the empire, Galatia, Macedonia, Achaia and Asia. Before AD 47 there were no churches in these provinces; in AD 57 St Paul could speak as if his work there was done, and could plan extensive tours into the far west without anxiety lest the churches which he had founded might perish in his nascence for want of his guidance and support.” – Roland Allen
“Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God.” – William Carey
“But I go out as a missionary not that I may follow the dictates of common sense, but that I may obey that command of Christ, ‘Go into all the world and preach.’” – James Gilmour
“In the north I have seen in the morning sun, the smoke of a thousand villages where no missionary has ever been.” – Robert Moffat
“Education has been given us from above for the purpose of bringing to the benighted the knowledge of the Saviour. If you knew the satisfaction of performing a duty, as well as the gratitude to God which the missionary must always feel in being chosen for so noble and sacred a calling, you would feel no hesitation in embracing it. For my own part I have never ceased to rejoice that God has appointed me to such an office. People talk of the sacrifice I have made in spending so much of my life in Africa. Can that be called a sacrifice which is simply paid back as a small part of a great debt owing to our God, which we can never repay?” – David Livingstone
“And although I see few results, future missionaries will see conversions following every sermon. May they not forget the pioneers who worked in the thick gloom with few rays to cheer, except such as flow from faith in the precious promises of God's Word.” – David Livingstone
“Anywhere, provided it be forward.” – DL
“Cannot the love of Christ carry the missionary where the slave-trade carries the trader? I shall open up a path to the interior or perish.” – DL
“Death alone will put a stop to my effort!” – DL
“God had only one son and he made him a missionary.” – DL
“I wasn't God's first choice for what I've done for China…I don't know who it was...It must have been a man...a well-educated man. I don't know what happened. Perhaps he died. Perhaps he wasn't willing...and God looked down...and saw Gladys Aylward...And God said – ‘Well, she's willing.’” – Gladys Aylward
“Some wish to live within the sound of Church or Chapel bell; I want to run a Rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” C.T. Studd
“Only as the church fulfils her missionary obligation does she justify her existence.” –Oswald J. Smith