How to Become a Christian Missionary: Following God’s Call

by David Peach on April 2, 2011 · Print Print · Email Email

Following God’s call to become a Christian missionary is a great way to serve the Lord. However, there is more involved than just declaring that the person wants to be a missionary. Each mission field, mission agency and mission work will have its own special requirements. The person interested in mission work needs to take time to prepare properly for serving the Lord long-term.

Isaiah 6:8“Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me”

Missionary Calling

People can be emotionally moved by a dynamic speaker. But an emotional feeling will only sustain someone on the field for a short time. A true calling by God on their life is what is necessary to keep a missionary on the field.

How does one know they have been called to mission work?

First there is an internal compelling desire to serve the Lord in some capacity. The person cannot deny that God is leading them, by the Holy Spirit, to perform a task. The best external indicator of God’s call is one’s pastor. He can often see fruit in the person’s life and recognize God’s leading. Of course a man can be wrong about God’s calling, but most pastors will make a mistake the other direction—they may think someone is called when they are not. Therefore, if a pastor thinks the person is either not called or not ready, then he should honestly and prayerfully seek the Lord’s clear direction.

Initial Preparation

Once God’s call to be a Christian missionary has been confirmed, then the person should begin preparing for service. Many decisions must be made in the process:

  • Where to serve?
  • What type of ministry?
  • What mission board?
  • What special training is needed?
Where to serve is one of the many decisions to make.

Where to serve is one of the many decisions to make.

Preparation for missionary service should begin by seeking the pastor’s council on a missionary agency. The mission agency does not take the place of the pastor or the church, but they assist the pastor in getting the missionary to the field. Therefore, the candidate’s pastor can recommend a mission board that he is comfortable working with. The mission board will have their own requirements for missionary service. This may include a certain level of Bible knowledge or specific training based on the type of mission work to be done.

It is possible that the pastor recommends that the candidate not use a mission board or agency and work through the local church instead. This is a good arrangement as long as the pastor helps the missionary prepare for service on the field. The church will need to take a more active role in the missionary’s life as a mission agency normally handles the financial and tax information. A pastor and church may not be prepared for these extra responsibilities.

Formal Preparation

Schooling

Many boards will require that the missionary have a college degree. This may or may not need to be a Bible degree. They are interested in knowing that the missionary candidate has enough character to complete advanced training. The board can recommend programs where the candidate can get the Bible training they need.

On the Job Training

If the missionary will be involved in a ministry other than church planting, he may need special training beyond Bible school. This may be practical training such as on the job experience if the missionary will be involved in trade type ministries like construction. If the missionary will work as a teacher, or in some other professional field, he needs formal training in this area.

Language Training

A foreign missionary may need to go through language training. As much as possible the missionary candidate should begin personal language study before he has to dedicate himself to regimented language training. With the online tools available to missionaries today, a candidate can get a head start on his language training before he arrives on the field.

Practical Preparation

Read

Reading missionary biographies will help the candidate learn about life on the field. Knowing that men and women have gone through incredible trials of faith gives encouragement to new missionaries when they are preparing for Christian missionary service. These stories are brought to mind when when the missionary has their faith tested on the field.

See the Field

Reading missionary biographies will help the candidate learn about life on the field.

Reading missionary biographies will help the candidate learn about life on the field.

Short-term mission trips help the candidate get a burden for people. It is one thing to read about a country and know all the facts; it is a very different thing to interact with people and get a burden for their need for Christ.

Like-minded Fellowship and Counsel

The Christian missionary candidate should get to know other missionaries. These could be missionaries who are working in the same field as the candidate or in other countries and ministries. This gives the prospective missionary a chance to build relationships with people who understand what they will experience on the field. Veteran missionaries can be called upon to give council and encouragement during trying times.

Final Preparation

One of the last things a missionary must do before getting to work on the field is to raise their prayer and financial support. This involves several months of visiting churches, pastors, friends and family to share their burden for missionary work. This can be a precious time of fellowship with other believers who partner with the missionary to support their work. It can also be frustrating knowing that there are lives on the field who can be touched and changed by God’s salvation. The missionary must continue to keep their eye on the goal while enlisting other Christians to be a part of their ministry team. This time of support raising is part of God’s plan to prepare the missionary for the needs he will have on the field.

Preparing to become a Christian missionary takes time. Rarely does someone have God’s call on their lives and then go to the field in a matter of weeks. It is a time of preparation for long-term service. This preparation can take years. But the missionary will be properly prepared for a lifetime of service.

Read this other article, also by Missionary David Peach:

Missionaries in the Bible

Resource – The Holy Bible, King James Version. YouTube video “Here I am Lord” by John Michael Talbot



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Balginder March 17, 2013 at 2:57 pm

Sir
I wan to quit my life I hv now…i confes all my sin did in past
I hv faith on god but nevr been able to observ them
And how can I get gods way to meet h forevr

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A Bondservant of Yahushua March 21, 2013 at 2:36 pm

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

So here we go.
Quick note: instead of Jesus, I say Yahushua here, because that is how Jesus’s name is said.

How can I know there is a God?

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Heaven… are we worthy?

Psalms 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned

Are we justified when living by the 10 commandments?

Romans 3:20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

See also bible verses ROM 7:5, ROM 7:25, GAL 5:4

Then are we doomed?

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Yahushua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Yahushua. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Yahushua has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

See also bible verses IS 1:18, MK 2:5, LK 1:77, LK 7:48-50, JN 5:24, JN 11:25, ACTS 10:43, ACTS 16:31, ROM 1:17, ROM 3:22, GAL 3:26, ROM 10:10-13, ACTS 26:18

How come?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Acts 17:30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Romans 5:19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Yahushua Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Yahushua, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

See also bible verses ROM 5, ROM 5:15, 1 JN 2:2, 1 JN 4:9, ROM 3:22-26

Isn’t this kind of strange?

Acts 13:38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. 40 “Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you: 41 `BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.’ ”

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

1 Corinthians 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,

What should we do then?

Acts 16:30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Yahushua, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

John 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Yahushua answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

See also bible verse MT 4:17

Isn’t that easy?

Luke 18:8 “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

John 20:29 Yahushua said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

See also bible verse MK 10:15

How should we live?

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Matthew 7:12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

See also bible verses JN 13:34, 1JN 3:23, 1JN 4:8-9, GAL 5:13-14

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Yahushua Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

1 Peter 2:16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

See also bible verses MT 7:1 LK 12:22-23, JN 5:29, ROM6, ROM 6:11-13, PHIL 4:4, COL 3:5-21, JAS 2:26

Will it change our lives?

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John 10:9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

But beware, you will be tested!

Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Romans 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

Balginder, what is the gospel?
Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yahushua, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Balginder, what is salvation?
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” (Romans 6:6-8)
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:18)
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22)
Salvation is being made “…dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Yahushua Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) You are then a new man, a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10) You are, in fact, born again.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I tell you now, by the authority of Yahushua Christ, that if you are born again, then you shall meet God in heaven.
But that means that you will have to give up everything.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

You need to weigh in on the cost factor.

And count the costs of being a disciple of Yahushua Christ.

It will cost you popularity, it will cost you promotion perhaps at times. It will cost you an easy life. You will have to discipline yourself, you will have to buffet your body. You will have to say “No” to temptation, and you will have to say “No” to this world.

You will have to break with the crowd. You will have to be willing to stand alone for Christ. You will have to be willing to walk to the beat of a different drummer. And to step out of the crowd even if no one follows after Yahushua Christ.

You would be willing to stand if you were the only person in the world for Yahushua Christ. That’s the cost factor. You will have to be willing to suffer persecution for Christ, and let me tell you, it will come. It might even cost you your life.

He is not coming to play games. He not is coming to be docile. He is coming to dominate. He is coming to slaughter. He is the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. And at the end of this age He will bolt out of heaven on a white steed and His garments are dripped in blood. (Revelation 19:13) The blood of His own enemies and He is coming back to conquer and to damn. You need to make terms of peace with this coming King or you will be subjected in damnation forever.

And Yahushua Christ has made terms of peace. You need to settle out of court with Him. You do not want to go into that final day of conflict with Christ. For He will be ruthless in the execution of His Justice but He offers you mercy today. He will agree to terms of surrender. He will agree to terms of peace but they are His terms of peace, not ours, and His terms of peace are very simply this: You must hate your own father and mother and brother and sister and even your own life more than Me or you cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26)

And you must take up a cross and follow Me or you cannot be My disciple. (Luke 9:23) And if you do not, you will meet Me in the final judgment and it will glorify God in your destruction. (Romans 9:15-23) (Revelation 20:11-12)

He is pressing you for a decision. He will not be put off. You cannot hit the mute button any longer in your heart, you must answer to Him. Verse 33, so then, conclusion, “none of you can be My disciple” He is saying none of you can be a true Christian

None of you can be in My Kingdom.
None of you can be in right relationship with Me or the Father.
None of you can be My disciple.
Who does not give up all His own possessions.

What is our Lord saying? He is not backing off. He is increasing the commitment that He is calling for with every line of this section. Well He is not saying that you have to buy your way into the Kingdom of Heaven. For none of us have enough gold and none of us have enough silver to ever remove the stain of sin that has defiled our inner soul. What is He saying? Who does not give up ALL of his own possessions. Well this must be taken in context with other texts of Scripture and let me just cut to the bottom line of the bottom line. You must transfer The ownership of all that you are and all that you have to all that He is.

That’s what He is saying.
Your life is no longer your life, it is now His life.
You time is no longer your time, it is now His time.
Your possessions are no longer your possessions, they are now His possessions.
Your future is no longer your future, it is now His future.
Your treasure is no longer your treasure, it is now His treasure.
And you have transferred all that you are and all that you have to all that He is.

Thats what it is to meet His terms of peace. Yet, the exchange is not bartered or bought with real money But it is purchased with The total complete surrender of your life to Christ. Thats what saving faith is. It is coming to the end of yourself and completely and entirely and trusting All that you are and all that you have to all that He is. This is your eternal soul. This is the only life you will ever live. This deals with the only eternity you will ever have.

And so He says, salt is good but if even salt has become tasteless, meaning it gives evidence that it was never true salt to begin with. With what will it be seasoned, and the answer is nothing. Verse 35, it is useless either for the soil or the manure pile. It’s just no good to anyone, not to God, not to Christ, not to the Kingdom, not to the movement.

Your just taking up a seat for someone else. There were other people who were trying to get into this. It is useless either for the soil. Your not even worth the toilet, spiritually speaking. Because you have not come to the place of total surrender of your life. And supreme allegiance and supreme loyalty to Christ. You have not yet come under the Lordship of Christ and taken up a cross to follow after Him.

And then He says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” You need to give strictest attention to what God has said in His Son. For God has spoken in His Son to us here and God has brought you to this place. Not one of us is here by accident or by happenstance and it is the goodness of God and the mercy of God that has brought you to this place.

You’ve heard of the suffering Savior, the Lord Yahushua Christ who upon that cross became sin for us. Upon that cross He died to self that He might live for us and that He might bear our sins and iniquities upon that tree and purchase our salvation.

And there is salvation in no other name, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Yahushua said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

And He is calling out to you today “Come unto Me” All ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will take you in and receive you unto Myself take My yoke upon you. And learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For My burden is easy and My yoke is Light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

It is. It is!

You will have the weight of sin lifted off of you and you will now have the yoke of Christ upon you. And He gets into that yoke with you and He pulls with you but it will require the total commitment of your life to Him.

Oh, how you ought to search your heart here today. “Have I come to this place of total commitment in my life? Have I yielded my life to the sovereign Lordship of Him who died upon the cross for me?”

I want you to know that the gates of paradise have been swung open to you. The narrow gate is open. And if you will take a step of faith and come through this narrow gate, and commit your life to Him, despite the strength of His words, He also says, “Him who comes unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)

He is calling you today to come, to come to Him To take a step of faith and to come to Him But if you come to Him.

Don’t play games.

You must surrender to Christ.

Balginder, this is what you must do. Do you understand? Do you understand what this means and it is going to imply? Do you understand what this will take? If so, what is keeping you?
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

If nothing keeps you, then go, and allow Christ to save you!

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yahushua, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Yahushua is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

If you have given your life to Christ, then be sure that it can never be taken from his hand. Do not let the Devil decieve you, but live worthy of this great honor which you have recieved to be called a son of God. Then, learn and grow. It’s a relationship. He talks to you through situtations and through his Word and you talk to him through prayer. If you need the Bible, you can find one here. http://www.bibleprotector.com/KJB-PCE-MINION.pdf
Now, to help you grow, you should find a solid, gospel-believing church.
Yahushua is the way and the truth and the life.
Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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David Peach March 21, 2013 at 4:01 pm

Balginder, have you read our page about Jesus? After you read that if you have further questions, send us a note. We would be glad to talk further.

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A Bondservant of Yahushua March 21, 2013 at 2:35 pm

Romans 10:14 How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? 15 And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things!

Matthew 28:19 Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost:

So here we go.
Quick note: instead of Jesus, I say Yahushua here, because that is how Jesus’s name is said.

How can I know there is a God?

Romans 1:20 For since the creation of the world His invisible attributes, His eternal power and divine nature, have been clearly seen, being understood through what has been made, so that they are without excuse.

Heaven… are we worthy?

Psalms 14:1 The fool has said in his heart, “There is no God.” They are corrupt, they have committed abominable deeds; There is no one who does good. 2 The LORD has looked down from heaven upon the sons of men To see if there are any who understand, Who seek after God. 3 They have all turned aside, together they have become corrupt; There is no one who does good, not even one.

Romans 3:23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Romans 5:12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned

Are we justified when living by the 10 commandments?

Romans 3:20 because by the works of the Law no flesh will be justified in His sight; for through the Law comes the knowledge of sin.

See also bible verses ROM 7:5, ROM 7:25, GAL 5:4

Then are we doomed?

John 3:36 “He who believes in the Son has eternal life; but he who does not obey the Son will not see life, but the wrath of God abides on him.”

John 3:17 “For God did not send the Son into the world to judge the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. 18 “He who believes in Him is not judged; he who does not believe has been judged already, because he has not believed in the name of the only begotten Son of God.

Romans 10:9 that if you confess with your mouth Yahushua as Lord, and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved;

Romans 8:1 Therefore there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Yahushua. 2 For the law of the Spirit of life in Christ Yahushua has set you free from the law of sin and of death.

See also bible verses IS 1:18, MK 2:5, LK 1:77, LK 7:48-50, JN 5:24, JN 11:25, ACTS 10:43, ACTS 16:31, ROM 1:17, ROM 3:22, GAL 3:26, ROM 10:10-13, ACTS 26:18

How come?

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life.

Mark 10:45 “For even the Son of Man did not come to be served, but to serve, and to give His life a ransom for many.”

Acts 17:30 “Therefore having overlooked the times of ignorance, God is now declaring to men that all people everywhere should repent, 31 because He has fixed a day in which He will judge the world in righteousness through a Man whom He has appointed, having furnished proof to all men by raising Him from the dead.”

Romans 5:19 For as through the one man’s disobedience the many were made sinners, even so through the obedience of the One the many will be made righteous.

Romans 5:21 so that, as sin reigned in death, even so grace would reign through righteousness to eternal life through Yahushua Christ our Lord.

1 Corinthians 15:22 For as in Adam all die, so also in Christ all will be made alive.

Titus 2:11 For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, 12 instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in the present age, 13 looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Yahushua, 14 who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds.

See also bible verses ROM 5, ROM 5:15, 1 JN 2:2, 1 JN 4:9, ROM 3:22-26

Isn’t this kind of strange?

Acts 13:38 “Therefore let it be known to you, brethren, that through Him forgiveness of sins is proclaimed to you, 39 and through Him everyone who believes is freed from all things, from which you could not be freed through the Law of Moses. 40 “Therefore take heed, so that the thing spoken of in the Prophets may not come upon you: 41 `BEHOLD, YOU SCOFFERS, AND MARVEL, AND PERISH; FOR I AM ACCOMPLISHING A WORK IN YOUR DAYS, A WORK WHICH YOU WILL NEVER BELIEVE, THOUGH SOMEONE SHOULD DESCRIBE IT TO YOU.’ ”

1 Corinthians 1:18 For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God.

1 Corinthians 1:21 For since in the wisdom of God the world through its wisdom did not come to know God, God was well-pleased through the foolishness of the message preached to save those who believe. 22 For indeed Jews ask for signs and Greeks search for wisdom; 23 but we preach Christ crucified, to Jews a stumbling block and to Gentiles foolishness,

1 Corinthians 1:27 but God has chosen the foolish things of the world to shame the wise, and God has chosen the weak things of the world to shame the things which are strong,

What should we do then?

Acts 16:30 and after he brought them out, he said, “Sirs, what must I do to be saved?” 31 They said, “Believe in the Lord Yahushua, and you will be saved, you and your household.”

Mark 1:15 and saying, “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel.”

John 6:28 Therefore they said to Him, “What shall we do, so that we may work the works of God?” 29 Yahushua answered and said to them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in Him whom He has sent.”

See also bible verse MT 4:17

Isn’t that easy?

Luke 18:8 “I tell you that He will bring about justice for them quickly. However, when the Son of Man comes, will He find faith on the earth?”

John 20:29 Yahushua said to him, “Because you have seen Me, have you believed? Blessed are they who did not see, and yet believed.”

See also bible verse MK 10:15

How should we live?

John 14:15 “If you love Me, you will keep My commandments.

John 15:12 “This is My commandment, that you love one another, just as I have loved you.

Matthew 7:12 “In everything, therefore, treat people the same way you want them to treat you, for this is the Law and the Prophets.

Romans 13:10 Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

See also bible verses JN 13:34, 1JN 3:23, 1JN 4:8-9, GAL 5:13-14

Romans 6:16 Do you not know that when you present yourselves to someone as slaves for obedience, you are slaves of the one whom you obey, either of sin resulting in death, or of obedience resulting in righteousness?

Romans 7:6 But now we have been released from the Law, having died to that by which we were bound, so that we serve in newness of the Spirit and not in oldness of the letter.

Romans 8:12 So then, brethren, we are under obligation, not to the flesh, to live according to the flesh– 13 for if you are living according to the flesh, you must die; but if by the Spirit you are putting to death the deeds of the body, you will live.

Philippians 1:9 And this I pray, that your love may abound still more and more in real knowledge and all discernment, 10 so that you may approve the things that are excellent, in order to be sincere and blameless until the day of Christ; 11 having been filled with the fruit of righteousness which comes through Yahushua Christ, to the glory and praise of God.

Colossians 3:1 Therefore if you have been raised up with Christ, keep seeking the things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. 2 Set your mind on the things above, not on the things that are on earth. 3 For you have died and your life is hidden with Christ in God. 4 When Christ, who is our life, is revealed, then you also will be revealed with Him in glory.

1 Peter 2:16 Act as free men, and do not use your freedom as a covering for evil, but use it as bondslaves of God.

See also bible verses MT 7:1 LK 12:22-23, JN 5:29, ROM6, ROM 6:11-13, PHIL 4:4, COL 3:5-21, JAS 2:26

Will it change our lives?

Matthew 11:28 “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. 29 Matthew 11:29 “Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU WILL FIND REST FOR YOUR SOULS. 30 “For My yoke is easy and My burden is light.”

John 10:9 “I am the door; if anyone enters through Me, he will be saved, and will go in and out and find pasture. 10 “The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I came that they may have life, and have it abundantly.

But beware, you will be tested!

Acts 14:22 strengthening the souls of the disciples, encouraging them to continue in the faith, and saying, “Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God.”

Romans 5:3 And not only this, but we also exult in our tribulations, knowing that tribulation brings about perseverance; 4 and perseverance, proven character; and proven character, hope;

Balginder, what is the gospel?
Romans 10:8 But what saith it? The word is nigh thee, even in thy mouth, and in thy heart: that is, the word of faith, which we preach; 9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yahushua, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved. 10 For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. 11 For the scripture saith, Whosoever believeth on him shall not be ashamed. 12 For there is no difference between the Jew and the Greek: for the same Lord over all is rich unto all that call upon him. 13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

Balginder, what is salvation?
“For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin; that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.” (2 Corinthians 5:21)
“For by grace are ye saved through faith; and that not of yourselves: it is the gift of God:” (Ephesians 2:8)
“Knowing this, that our old man is crucified with him, that the body of sin might be destroyed, that henceforth we should not serve sin. For he that is dead is freed from sin. Now if we be dead with Christ, we believe that we shall also live with him:” (Romans 6:6-8)
“Being then made free from sin, ye became the servants of righteousness.” (Romans 6:18)
“But now being made free from sin, and become servants to God, ye have your fruit unto holiness, and the end everlasting life.” (Romans 6:22)
Salvation is being made “…dead indeed unto sin, but alive unto God through Yahushua Christ our Lord.” (Romans 6:11) You are then a new man, a new creature. (2 Corinthians 5:17, Ephesians 4:24, Colossians 3:10) You are, in fact, born again.
John 3:7 Marvel not that I said unto thee, Ye must be born again.
John 3:6 That which is born of the flesh is flesh; and that which is born of the Spirit is spirit.
John 1:13 Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.
I tell you now, by the authority of Yahushua Christ, that if you are born again, then you shall meet God in heaven.
But that means that you will have to give up everything.
Luke 14:33 So likewise, whosoever he be of you that forsaketh not all that he hath, he cannot be my disciple. 34 Salt is good: but if the salt have lost his savour, wherewith shall it be seasoned? 35 It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear.

You need to weigh in on the cost factor.

And count the costs of being a disciple of Yahushua Christ.

It will cost you popularity, it will cost you promotion perhaps at times. It will cost you an easy life. You will have to discipline yourself, you will have to buffet your body. You will have to say “No” to temptation, and you will have to say “No” to this world.

You will have to break with the crowd. You will have to be willing to stand alone for Christ. You will have to be willing to walk to the beat of a different drummer. And to step out of the crowd even if no one follows after Yahushua Christ.

You would be willing to stand if you were the only person in the world for Yahushua Christ. That’s the cost factor. You will have to be willing to suffer persecution for Christ, and let me tell you, it will come. It might even cost you your life.

He is not coming to play games. He not is coming to be docile. He is coming to dominate. He is coming to slaughter. He is the King of kings and He is the Lord of lords. And at the end of this age He will bolt out of heaven on a white steed and His garments are dripped in blood. (Revelation 19:13) The blood of His own enemies and He is coming back to conquer and to damn. You need to make terms of peace with this coming King or you will be subjected in damnation forever.

And Yahushua Christ has made terms of peace. You need to settle out of court with Him. You do not want to go into that final day of conflict with Christ. For He will be ruthless in the execution of His Justice but He offers you mercy today. He will agree to terms of surrender. He will agree to terms of peace but they are His terms of peace, not ours, and His terms of peace are very simply this: You must hate your own father and mother and brother and sister and even your own life more than Me or you cannot be My disciple. (Luke 14:26)

And you must take up a cross and follow Me or you cannot be My disciple. (Luke 9:23) And if you do not, you will meet Me in the final judgment and it will glorify God in your destruction. (Romans 9:15-23) (Revelation 20:11-12)

He is pressing you for a decision. He will not be put off. You cannot hit the mute button any longer in your heart, you must answer to Him. Verse 33, so then, conclusion, “none of you can be My disciple” He is saying none of you can be a true Christian

None of you can be in My Kingdom.
None of you can be in right relationship with Me or the Father.
None of you can be My disciple.
Who does not give up all His own possessions.

What is our Lord saying? He is not backing off. He is increasing the commitment that He is calling for with every line of this section. Well He is not saying that you have to buy your way into the Kingdom of Heaven. For none of us have enough gold and none of us have enough silver to ever remove the stain of sin that has defiled our inner soul. What is He saying? Who does not give up ALL of his own possessions. Well this must be taken in context with other texts of Scripture and let me just cut to the bottom line of the bottom line. You must transfer The ownership of all that you are and all that you have to all that He is.

That’s what He is saying.
Your life is no longer your life, it is now His life.
You time is no longer your time, it is now His time.
Your possessions are no longer your possessions, they are now His possessions.
Your future is no longer your future, it is now His future.
Your treasure is no longer your treasure, it is now His treasure.
And you have transferred all that you are and all that you have to all that He is.

Thats what it is to meet His terms of peace. Yet, the exchange is not bartered or bought with real money But it is purchased with The total complete surrender of your life to Christ. Thats what saving faith is. It is coming to the end of yourself and completely and entirely and trusting All that you are and all that you have to all that He is. This is your eternal soul. This is the only life you will ever live. This deals with the only eternity you will ever have.

And so He says, salt is good but if even salt has become tasteless, meaning it gives evidence that it was never true salt to begin with. With what will it be seasoned, and the answer is nothing. Verse 35, it is useless either for the soil or the manure pile. It’s just no good to anyone, not to God, not to Christ, not to the Kingdom, not to the movement.

Your just taking up a seat for someone else. There were other people who were trying to get into this. It is useless either for the soil. Your not even worth the toilet, spiritually speaking. Because you have not come to the place of total surrender of your life. And supreme allegiance and supreme loyalty to Christ. You have not yet come under the Lordship of Christ and taken up a cross to follow after Him.

And then He says, “He who has ears to hear, let him hear.” You need to give strictest attention to what God has said in His Son. For God has spoken in His Son to us here and God has brought you to this place. Not one of us is here by accident or by happenstance and it is the goodness of God and the mercy of God that has brought you to this place.

You’ve heard of the suffering Savior, the Lord Yahushua Christ who upon that cross became sin for us. Upon that cross He died to self that He might live for us and that He might bear our sins and iniquities upon that tree and purchase our salvation.

And there is salvation in no other name, for there is no other name under heaven given among men, whereby we must be saved. (Acts 4:12) Yahushua said, “I am the way and the truth and the life; no one comes to the Father but through Me.” (John 14:6)

And He is calling out to you today “Come unto Me” All ye who are weary and heavy laden and I will take you in and receive you unto Myself take My yoke upon you. And learn of Me for I am meek and lowly in heart and you shall find rest for your souls. For My burden is easy and My yoke is Light.” (Matthew 11:28-30)

It is. It is!

You will have the weight of sin lifted off of you and you will now have the yoke of Christ upon you. And He gets into that yoke with you and He pulls with you but it will require the total commitment of your life to Him.

Oh, how you ought to search your heart here today. “Have I come to this place of total commitment in my life? Have I yielded my life to the sovereign Lordship of Him who died upon the cross for me?”

I want you to know that the gates of paradise have been swung open to you. The narrow gate is open. And if you will take a step of faith and come through this narrow gate, and commit your life to Him, despite the strength of His words, He also says, “Him who comes unto Me I will in no wise cast out.” (John 6:37)

He is calling you today to come, to come to Him To take a step of faith and to come to Him But if you come to Him.

Don’t play games.

You must surrender to Christ.

Balginder, this is what you must do. Do you understand? Do you understand what this means and it is going to imply? Do you understand what this will take? If so, what is keeping you?
Revelation 3:20 Behold, I stand at the door, and knock: if any man hear my voice, and open the door, I will come in to him, and will sup with him, and he with me.
Matthew 3:2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
Romans 10:13 For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.

If nothing keeps you, then go, and allow Christ to save you!

Romans 10:9 That if thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Yahushua, and shalt believe in thine heart that God hath raised him from the dead, thou shalt be saved.
John 5:24 Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life.
John 20:31 But these are written, that ye might believe that Yahushua is the Christ, the Son of God; and that believing ye might have life through his name.

If you have given your life to Christ, then be sure that it can never be taken from his hand. Do not let the Devil decieve you, but live worthy of this great honor which you have recieved to be called a son of God. Then, learn and grow. It’s a relationship. He talks to you through situtations and through his Word and you talk to him through prayer. If you need the Bible, you can find one here. http://www.bibleprotector.com/KJB-PCE-MINION.pdf
Now, to help you grow, you should find a solid, gospel-believing church.
Yahushua is the way and the truth and the life.
Revelation 7:12 Saying, Amen: Blessing, and glory, and wisdom, and thanksgiving, and honour, and power, and might, be unto our God for ever and ever. Amen.

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Daniel December 21, 2013 at 3:47 pm

I am concened that the kingdom of God is not understood by even the elect. The kingdom of satan is only supported more by use of money. We must deny money and the church must use the currency of love more than ever. Christ will soon put money beneath his feet and his children must prepare. I am looking for a family of God who seek this value. It’s worth more than gold. I wish to leave America soon but I understand God will direct me. Contact me if this position appeals to your heart.

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jacian March 27, 2013 at 1:36 pm

I love the lord with all my heart i want to become a missinary bc he is my savior and i want to inspire people just like me to choose his path.

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daniel August 23, 2013 at 7:32 pm

if you wanna be a missionary contact me we live in Ecuador God bless you

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Chase August 26, 2013 at 1:00 am

I would love to know more about mission work opportunities in Ecuador daniel.

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John Nyakegita Onango April 8, 2013 at 7:13 am

Dear Servant of the Most High Living God Minister David Peach,
Much Christian greetings through the wonderful Holy name above all names Jesus Christ whom we believe and trust as our only living Savior to those all who accept Him as their Lord.

It is by the Grace of God to direct and allowing us to go through your website and after going through it, we managed to see the wonderful work you’re doing there for the Lord concerning your web engine. Let the will of God be done to His faithful Servants through the Holy word.

I, my beloved wife by the name Anna and the community members of our village, we conduct a small Bible study group without a good foundation praying God to use and allow you to partner with our young fellowship through the Holy word of God.

Our fellowship is to come together and share the Holy word through reading the Holy Bible.
Our work is to see that the Gospel of Jesus is being spread to those who’re ignorant, weak, needy and the poor in faith since we’re approaching for the last days for the world to come to an end.

We humbly pray God for you and you to do the same to our young fellowship to strengthen our faith and also to grow spiritually than the way we’re by now.

We’re from Kenyenya Sub- Location, Machoge Masaba Location, Kenyenya Division, Kenyenya District in Kisii County, Western part of Kenya, East Africa.

May God of Happiness, Kindness, Humble, Mercy,Grace and Love be with you, your family and all Brethren when you go out and come back from His ministry work there.

May God bless you all in Jesus name we trust.

Hope to hear from you,

Yours in Christ,

Brother John and Sister Anna.

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David Peach April 12, 2013 at 2:50 pm

God bless your ministry in Kenya Bro. John. Continue to study His Word and ask the Holy Spirit to guide you. It is a blessing to me to see your excitement for the things of God.

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Rene April 12, 2013 at 2:56 am

Hi David, Thanks for the great article and allowing the Holy Spirit to dictate as you wrote! My question is how does one truly know he or she has been called to become a Missionary? Many individuals loosely mistakenly misconstrue this calling because he or she goes on feelings alone and rush into this field, then realize it wasn’t what was expected. Approximately, 30 years ago, Several prophets stated that Missionary services is my calling. I was so young and ignored it but lately I’ve recently began to have inspirations concerning The aforementioned. I’m praying over which church to join @ the moment so I don’t have a pastor to seek counsel from. I’ve been praying, fasting, researching, waiting for answers and asking God for clear instructions in regard to the plans He has for my life. However, I’d be elated if you could just give me a snippet of how you knew for certain that Missionary Ministry is your calling; if I’m not prying too much into your business. :) Thanks!

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David Peach April 12, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Rene, thank you for your question.

I think it is important to say at first that God calls different people in different ways, but I think there are some things in His calling that is consistent. So the way He called me to ministry may not be the way He calls you. But, I feel certain He will show you His plan if you are obedient to Him.

For me I felt called to the ministry when I was 12 years old. It was about 2 years after I accepted the Lord as my Savior. It was a Wednesday night in church when I knew the Lord was calling me into ministry. There were no great visions from heaven or any voice that God used to speak to me. But, I felt that God wanted me to work for Him, so I surrendered.

As I grew up I continued to tell the Lord I would obey Him. I prepared for ministry by studying the Bible as a teenager and going to hear any preaching I could. I wanted to learn all I could about the Bible and serving God.

There were times that I thought maybe I would do something else with my life. I had a desire to join the military and maybe play professional football (American football). But, I told God that I would first go to Bible college because I knew that was what He wanted me to do to prepare for ministry. If God wanted me to join the military or play ball, then I asked Him to allow me to have those desires by the time I finished Bible college. However, when I was done with school, I could think of nothing else but serving God in ministry.

My point is that I sought to obey God with my life right then. While I had plans to do different things, I knew I needed to obey what God was showing me I should do at that time.

The very first thing you must do to know God’s will for your life is that you must obey Him.

(I may have mentioned this in a comment earlier, but I don’t remember. Allow me to tell the story again).

I had a friend who said he wanted to do God’s will with his life, but he didn’t want to obey what God had already revealed to him in the Bible. My friend didn’t think going to church was that important. I told him that he could not obey God with his future if he wouldn’t obey God with his present.

I don’t know your situation as to why you are not in a church, but I would encourage you to take care of that first. We already know from teaching in the Bible that attending a church is part of God’s plan. It would seem really odd to say that you want to become a missionary to help build up the church of God, but don’t see church is important enough for your own personal life.

Take care of that. Then see what God reveals to you as the next step of obedience. As you take one step at a time I trust that His plans for your life will be clearly revealed.

God bless you Rene!

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Rene April 12, 2013 at 5:46 pm

Hi David, thanks for the wealth of knowledge…I moved to a different state so I haven’t found a church home yet, however, I attend on Sunday, Wednesday Bible Study and prayer on Saturday @ the same church; just not a member yet.

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David Peach April 12, 2013 at 6:16 pm

That’s great. Next step is to find out if that is where the Lord would want you to serve and move forward. Glad to know your lack of church home is not because of disobedience.

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Riley April 18, 2013 at 2:03 pm

Hi again!
I was wondering what kind of degree I should try to recieve. I would like to do this for a good portion of my life but I don’t know how to do this and also be somewhat financially stable (I’d like to be able to retire if my age becomes an obstacle). Also, do you know of any websites that could give me more information?
Thank you so much!!!!
Riley

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Md .hasanzzman August 30, 2013 at 3:07 am

I am from a muslim family but I wanna do something good for mankind .

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sam October 4, 2013 at 10:16 pm

How would you handle a Dead Beat Dad that says he doesn’t have to pay Child Support because he is going to become a Missionary. Is this disgustingly sick or what? I am sure the Lord wants this sicko working for him. UNBELIEVABLE!

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Jack Wellman October 5, 2013 at 10:04 am

Hello Sam. This man is not a Christian in my opinion for the Bible says that if a man doesn’t care for his own household then he is worse than an infidel (an unbeliever). Not that he is as bad as one but WORSE than an unbeliever. He is a missionary alright….for the Enemy of God. I would take this man to court for you have every right to be taken care of and your children deserve this, legally, and under the law. This is about as hypocritical as I have ever heard. 1 Tim 5:8 says “But if any provide not for his own, and specially for those of his own house, he hath denied the faith, and is worse than an infidel.” and 1 Tim 3:5 says “but if a man does not know how to manage his own household, how will he take care of the church of God?”

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