bits from bob....
The missionary message is always the gospel of Jesus. It can be nothing else. One must see with amazement how often the missionary message is distracted. The value of Jesus to the world is that he is the Lamb that bears and takes away the sins of the world. There is no other abiding value. Yes, Jesus changes lives. Yes, the compassion of Jesus addresses the physical suffering and hurts of our world. But we must never forget, finally a missionary is soaked in the only revelation and message that matters ultimately--Jesus Christ crucified and resurrected.
The missionary message must be the message of remission. We certainly should speak of his kindness and goodness, but the forgiving and changing power is that Jesus is Savior. A missionary is wedded to the command of his Lord, and does not proclaim his own point of view. It is the Lamb of God that takes away the sins of the world. It is much easier to tell what Jesus has done for me, easier to declare divine healing past, to speak of holy living prior. Paul wrote, "Woe is me if I preach not the gospel." Do you know the gospel? Do you speak the gospel? Does what you say matter to those who hear?
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