Frontier vs. Regular Missions Part III

Today concludes a three part series of defining missions, and showing the priority for frontier missions over regular missions.

I hear all the time, “Our mission is right here in the U.S.” Let me preface the remainder of this discussion that God is God and He can call anyone to any task he has, no questions asked.  God can call us to the U.S. for a purpose and I am fine with that.

However, I think many people use that statement as an excuse. Yes, we are all called to witness where we are located, in the communities we are a part.   That is a static calling that is a clear imperative from God’s word.  We are to be a redemptive force pointing to the Kingdom no matter what our location is.   Evangelism is the natural sharing of our deepest love, not the end of bringing Shalom to a hurting world.

We are not supposed to stay here because it is comfortable or because God has a special calling for us away from the unreached people groups.  I’ve really agreed with this phrase, “You can’t stay here unless you are willing to go, but you can’t go unless you are willing to stay.”  We are all to have a part in the Great Commission. It is a commission for all of us who given our lives to Christ. The question is not “does God want me to be involved in spreading his Word throughout the world”, but “how does He want me to be involved?”

So, is it bad for Christians to stay in America? NO, but even those who aren’t called to go overseas should be involved in the kingdom spreading to those who don’t have access to it. Those who stay aren’t doing something else, they are still focused on the unreached and having a huge part of the behind the scenes work. We’ve come up with a list of different roles on how to be involved with frontier missions, only 2 of the 11 are actually leaving the U.S.

Conclusion: Unreached People Groups is not a concept only for the missiological society.  It is an issue for every follower of Christ.  When we say we adhere to the principles set forward by Christ himself, then we all are responsible for the one sheep missing.  We must all be concerned that everyone has a chance to hear.  We all have a part to play and a role to fulfill.  We are all called to the Great Commission.

I leave you again with the words of the greatest missionary:

“thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, but as it is written, ‘Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.”
-Romans 15:20-21

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One Response to “Frontier vs. Regular Missions Part III”

  1. Christopher S Says:

    The interesting thing about this topic is that the true Christ hasn’t been preached to most who have heard the name of our Lord. For the god of this world has blinded the mind of the unbeliever so that they cannot see the glory of the light of the gospel of Jesus Christ whom is the image of God. The gospel has been so ridiculously watered down and so perverted that most people have not had a true chance at truly comprehending what John 3:16 is all about. The power of the gospel reveals the righteousness of God; but it is only the true gospel that does that. Unfortunately though, no one is without excuse because people should always look into things for themselves. But we must be compassionate to the masses who think they know Christ, cause most of them don’t. 92% of Americans say they are Christians. Which trips me out. I mean, Catholics say that they are Christian – but yet they self-righteously violate God’s commandments in worshiping saints.

    So I guess, man, when it comes down to it – the great deceiver, satan, just figured out if you pervert the gospel then the people really never have a true chance at seeing the glory of God in Jesus Christ. Which like you said, makes our roles as saints that much more crucial – that we would be willing to preach the true Jesus Christ whenever the opportunity is presented.

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