Key Verse: Verse 3 – "And when they had fasted and prayed, and laid their hands on them, they sent them away."
Key Words: sent them away
You do not find the words missions or missionary in the Bible, but you certainly find the teaching of missions. The word missionary means “sent out ones.” Missions is the lifeblood of the church. The church isn’t about great buildings or fine programs or even athletics. The church has a mission to send forth men and women into the field, for they are “…white unto harvest” (John 4:35).
William Carey, the great missionary of India, said to a body of people, “I will go down if you will hold the ropes.” It’s a great idea. It’s a great mental picture. “I’ll go into the caves, I’ll go into the places where you will never go, but you must hold the ropes. I’ll go down if you’ll hold on. I’ll go if you are here holding fast, holding tight.” We must send forth, but we must also supply the needs for the missionaries to carry out their mission.
A famous artist once was asked to paint a picture of a dying church. It was expected that he would paint a small and humble congregation in a dilapidated building. Instead, he painted a stately edifice with a rich pulpit and magnificent windows – and near the door, an offering box, marked “Missions,” with the contribution slot blocked by cobwebs. Need I say more?
What to do:
✞ Get involved with your church missions program.
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