Tuesday, October 15, 2013

The Result of Pioneer Missions

As individuals faithfully proclaim God’s word to those who have never heard it before, what happens? The result of pioneer missions is the obedience of the Gentiles.

Obedience comes by the messenger’s words and deeds.

Both the words of the messenger as well as the deeds – the actions – of the messenger must point the unbeliever to the gospel of Christ. Thus, the messenger becomes a living example of what it looks like to be a follower of Christ.

Obedience comes by the power of Spirit.

Ultimately, however, no messenger can make his hearers obey the word of God. That work can only be done by the Holy Spirit, as He works in the lives of the hearers. In addition, the messenger himself can only find the strength to carry out the proclaiming of God’s word through the power of the Holy Spirit.

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