Everyday Missionary – new series at Vintage Faith Church

February 16, 2012 — 4 Comments

Everyday_Missionary

The day we put faith in Jesus we become missionaries, whether we realize it or not. We are starting a new teaching series this Sunday called "Everyday Missionary". We will address myths about what evangelism is or isn't and teach how every day of our lives we are on mission as missionaries. 

I think we need to reframe how we define "missionary" though, as well as reframe what "evangelism" looks like. So that will be this what this series is about. Charles Spurgeon has a blunt quote about this saying “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor”. Here's the full context of that quote from 1873: 

“If Jesus is precious to you, you will not be able to keep your good news to yourself. You will be whispering it into your child’s ear. You will be telling it to your husband. You will be earnestly imparting it to your friend. Without the charms of eloquence you will be more than eloquent: your heart will speak, and your eyes will flash as you talk of His sweet love.

Every Christian here is either a missionary or an impostor. Recollect that. You either try to spread abroad the kingdom of Christ, or else you do not love Him at all. It cannot be that there is a high appreciation of Jesus and a totally silent tongue about Him. Of course I do not mean by that, that those who use the pen are silent: they are not. And those who help others to use the tongue, or spread that which others have written, are doing their part well: but that man who says, ‘I believe in Jesus,’ but does not think enough of Jesus ever to tell another about Him, by mouth, or pen, or tract, is an impostor.

You are either doing good, or you are not good yourself. If thou knowest Christ, thou art as one that has found honey. Thou wilt call others to taste of it. Thou art like the lepers who found the food which the Syrians had cast away: thou wilt go to Samaria and tell the hungry crowd that thou hast found Jesus, and art anxious that they should find Him too. Be wise in your generation, and speak of Him in fitting ways and at fitting times, and so in every place proclaim the fact that Jesus is most precious to your soul.”

Dan Kimball

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author of "Adventures in Churchland: Finding Jesus In The Mess of Organized Religion" and "They Like Jesus But Not The Church" . On staff at Vintage Faith Church in Santa Cruz, CA.
  • Rick

    I understand where he is coming from in that quote, and I agree all Christians need to do a heart/gut check on it.
    However, I find that many Christians, who are silent, are so because they are waiting for the “appropriate time”, or are concerned that they will mess up the opportunity. They don’t feel confident in their own ability to be a missionary, even as they recognize the Holy Spirit is with them.
    How do we give them that confidence? How do we assure them in the power of the gospel (not the soterian gospel)?

  • http://yahoo.com TruthOverfaith

    And then Jesus came upon his disciples and said, “What’s this shit I’ve been hearing about a human sacrifice for sins!!!? Who in the goddamned hell came up with that Neanderthal bullshit!!!!? What are we, living in the fucking Stone Age!!!? Blood sacrifice!!!!!!!!!!!
    Listen, you can take that ridiculous, stupid, evil , wicked, sadistic pile of Cro-Magnon donkey shit and shove it straight up your cave man asses!!!!”—Jesus Christ, the Lost Gospel

  • http://www.BrianJones.com Brian Jones

    “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor” – those are tough words, but poignant. The challenge I always have when I vision-cast a series like this is always living up to what I’m preaching. It’s a fine line. On one hand there’s the “You can’t preach beyond what you are” line of thinking. On the other you have “I need to hear this as much as you today.” I would say on this topic, I definitely fall into the later.

  • Tim

    I would suggest there is a key reason why a large percentage of believers are silent on their faith when among the lost, and are in need of another sermon series on evangelism.
    The reason is, when believers gather with each other they are trained to be silent. Only the hired expert does all the talking. No questions, no objections, no participation from their heart – just one way communication. These saints are NEVER seen as ever becoming capable for offering prepared personal expression of truth to each other during the worship hour. 500 – 1000 sermons won’t do it. So if their leaders keep them in perpetual dependency for expressing truth when they are with fellow believers, they will for the most part not see themselves as capable to articulate faith with those who do not believe.
    How are believers who are not seen as capable of articulating truth when they gather, all of a sudden supposed to see themselves as capable of articulating truth among the lost?
    Am I on to something here or is the tradition of clericalism too deeply embedded and assumed to be God’s will to agree with this simple systemic observation?