Missions Begins at Home

I better go ahead and put out the disclaimer that I have no issues with God calling people to minister in foreign countries. I have friends who are foreign missionaries and are being greatly used of God. However, my thinking about foreign missions changed when a former pastor with whom I worked exposed me to the idea of supporting nationals (people who are from that particular country) training their own people. The church’s missions money began to have a greater return.

When I went to pastor my first church, I began to focus on the need to share the gospel at home. I have seen so many churches parade church members who went out of the country to share the gospel but would not share the gospel with their next door neighbor. There is a serious problem with this picture. Why do churches raise thousands of dollars to send these people to foreign countries and do nothing at home?

Acts 1:8 is clear about a missionary strategy – “But you shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” Jerusalem is Home. Begin there! Share the gospel with the meth addict, the homeless man, the prostitute who works the corner down the road from your house. Spread out a little further to “Judea” (whatever is a little further out geographically), “Samaria” (a little further out and a place of racial tension), “and to the end of the earth” (which does not exclude foreign missions).

6 thoughts on “Missions Begins at Home

  1. True. Your onto something there Matt! I think it may have something to do with the fact that many believers who are not doing mission overseas making disciples are instead staying home believing and not following Christ deeper. If we don’t know what it means to be a disciple how can we come along side others and do mission?

    Thanks for posting brother!

  2. Thanks for the article. Interestingly enough, we just overhauled our missions budget (our church) based on that very thought last night.

    Why I’m writing is to thank you for mentioning the ‘racial tension’ of Samaria. Not only had I never thought of that but it also confirms an area of need that we all seemed to feel needed to be sow into.

    Thanks for letting God use you.

    1. I heard a preacher at a missions conference nearly 20 year ago mention the racial issue of Samaria. It stuck with me, and it is a huge part of my vision to see the wall come down when it comes to segregated worship. We will worship together in eternity, so we might as well start now.

  3. I completely agree with you. I love missions and I too have many friends in the missions field. I have a huge respect and love for them for being able to go to other countries. But our own neighbors are should be receiving that message too. I think missions begins right within our own homes and families. If one cannot bring the Gospel message to their family, it would be easy to believe that it would be difficult to bring it outside of one’s community.

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