How Are You Called to Global Missions?

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When Jesus charged His disciples with the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18–20), He placed a call upon the lives of all believers—present and future. The gospel compels the whole church to participate in the redemptive work of God around the world. Though not everyone is called to go into full-time missions, we are all called to play a part. Michael Oh sits down with Mark Mellinger to discuss the state of global missions and to discuss the different ways Christ followers can engage the work of spreading the gospel worldwide.

Mark Mellinger is the Indiana Public Affairs Director for Bott Radio Network and talk show host for 1090 Today, a radio program that showcases local ministries and encourages Christian living. Michael Young-Suk Oh is Executive Director/CEO of the Lausanne Movement. 


At this point in your life, how would you say God has called you to participate in global missions? How are you actively involved in the work today? Can you identify any ways God might be inviting you into a greater level of participation? If so, how?
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Michael shared how "sending" has become a key area of emphasis in world missions because it involves resourcing. Everyone can engage in this role to one degree or another. What kinds of sending opportunities are available to you? How are you participating in sending today?
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In what ways does your church communicate the importance of sending as an option for participating in global missions? What opportunities does it provide? What are some ways it could improve?
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Michael noted that in spite of the great wealth we enjoy in North America, the greatest levels of generosity around the world come from the poor. What do you think are the reasons that keep so many from giving? What obstacles might tempt you from investing in global missions? How could you work to overcome them?
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Michael talked about how we glorify God when we enjoy His creation in leisure, but we ought to see that leisure with a missional purpose. How did this portion of the discussion strike you? How could you approach your leisure time with more of a missional focus? What would need to change?
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Michael observed how easily we can fall into lives of convenience that cause us to live as though we do not need faith in God at all. Is his observation true about your life? How? What would it look like for you to live with a greater faith in God? Who could you invite to pray alongside you as you seek to grow in this area of your life?
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Developing a passion for global missions does not come naturally. To participate with joy requires the death of our selfish desires, those rooted in a lust for the comforts of this world. Consider the many ways in which God has blessed you today. Ask Him to open your eyes in a fresh manner to His provisions and allow Him to lead you in new levels of participation so that others may come to see the beauty of Christ worldwide. 


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