4 - The Bottom Line

A Life on Mission Requires Spiritual Core Values


Serving on a short term mission team is not merely a destination of service, but a continuation of a life committed to God's mission, and whether you are on a short term trip or trying to orient your day-to-day to life on mission, you have to adopt some spiritual core values. What is the bottom line for biblical missions and for the entire life of the believer? Lance Shumake discusses this value here.


Genesis 12:1-3 (ESV)

The Call of Abram

1Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you.2And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing.3I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.”

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


Galatians 3:29 (ESV)

29And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to promise.

Scripture quotations marked (ESV) are from The Holy Bible, English Standard Version®, copyright © 2001 by Crossway Bibles, a publishing ministry of Good News Publishers. Used by permission. All rights reserved.


What does this realization of your role as an offspring of Abraham, and inheritor of his mission, compel you to do or change? How will this decision affect you on the upcoming mission trip?
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What in your life right now inhibits God's glory from becoming your bottom line? In other words, what must you remove from your life?
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What are some difficulties that you would normally avoid, but you know that God is calling you to endure for His glory? In other words, what must you add to your life?
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Whether you are sitting alone in your home or traveling across the ocean to serve the poor, you are called to magnify God's glory. Make this your bottom line for the sake of the upcoming trip and for your entire life as a believer.