The Will of God

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					The Missionary Call

     Dr. David Sills
    Understanding the Missionary Call
•  Different types of “call” in the Bible
  • Call to salvation
  • Call to serve the Lord
  • Call to specific service
• Specific call to missionary service
  • God’s leading to service in another country or among
       people of another culture
    Understanding the Missionary Call
•       The need
    •     1/3 of the planet’s population has never heard the
    •     50,000 die each day and go into a Christless eternity
    •     6,000 people die each day due to lack of clean
          drinking water
    •     26,000 children die each day from hunger related
    Understanding the Missionary Call
•  Our responsibility
  • Jesus’ command: panta te ethne
  • Jesus’ provision: The church
  • Jesus’ promise: That He will be with us
• Coca-Cola vs. the Church
• Need vs. Call
• Call vs. Guidance
              Knowing God’s Will
•  Is God’s will a tiny dot on a huge football field?
•   If there is a specific will, how far does it extend?
  • Who to marry, where to live, what clothes to buy…and
        what to wear to work on Wednesday?
  • As we walk with the Lord, we come to know the mind
        of God. We hear the still, small voice, and we know His
        heart, but we still come to Him and lay before Him our
        major decisions and life choices asking for guidance.
• God’s will is not a tightrope, it is the wide-open field.
             Knowing God’s Will
1. Know God
   • Some believers are so concerned with knowing the
     will that they miss the Source.
   • Proverbs 1:7, James 1:5
2. Know God’s Word
   • The Bible gives assurance of God’s promises to His
   • The Bible reminds us of God’s faithfulness to those
     who seek Him
   • Proverbs 3:5-6
             Knowing God’s Will
3. Pray
   • Prayer brings our heartbeat in tune with God’s and
      brings us to Him in loving worship
   • This helps us to know God more fully and see our
      situations as He sees them
4. Seek Counsel
   • Turn to those who know you well and who have
      shown wisdom in their own choices.
   • Proverbs 11:14, 24:6
             Knowing God’s Will
5. Examine Life Experiences
   • God has allowed everything that came into your life.
   • God knows what you need in order to do what He
     has made you to do.
6. Consider Your Circumstances
   • An open or closed door is not necessarily clear
     guidance from the Lord
   • Consider your circumstances in light of what you
     know of God and His Word.
              Knowing God’s Will
7. Consider God’s Timing
   • We should consider family and practical realities that
      will be impacted by the decision we are considering.
   • Ecclesiastes 3:1-11
8. Identify the Desires of Your Heart
   • God began to form your personality before your first
      breath (Psalm 139:16)
   • God is able to place in your heart a desire for the
      plan He has for your life. (Psalm 37:4)
   • Yet, guard your heart. (Prov. 4:23)
    Who does God call to missions?
•   Have an awareness of the needs of the nations and the
    commands of Christ
•   Have a concern for the lost
•   Have a commitment to God
•   Have your church’s blessing and commissioning
•   Have the Spirit’s gifting
•   Have the unquenchable, indescribable yearning to go- the
    sense of ought.
          Timing & the Missionary Call
•       Do the call or the specifics of the call change over time?
    •      God’s calling vs. God’s guidance
    •      The Damascus Road vs. the Macedonian “call”
    •      “Career” vs. “Short-Term”
    •      The missionary call is a lifetime call.
    •      The ways in which you may express that call will
          vary throughout your life.
      Timing and the Missionary Call
•    What causes delays to fulfilling the missionary call?
    • Raising support
    • Paying off debt
    • Obtaining required education
    • Waiting for a spouse to feel called
    • Addressing physical concerns and needs
      Timing and the Missionary Call
•    How should you respond to delays to fulfilling the call?
    • Seek to live the missionary call with all you are right
       where you are
      • ESL
      • Short-term trips
      • Educate yourself
      • Learn a language
    • Get as close to Jesus as you can and stay there.
                Are you called?
•   There is a personal missionary call, so personal that
    no one else can truly comprehend it
•   Many mistakenly assume that it must come in a vision,
    an audible voice, undeniable circumstance, or other
    supernatural revelation.
•   You cannot analyze your missionary call by comparing
    against an objective list of required components
•   Anxiety is understandable, yet do not let fear decide
    for you.
                 Are you called?
•   Taking time to work through the issues of the
    missionary call and knowing God’s will is wise.
•   Hearing God’s missionary call has a great deal to do
    with what you are listening for.
•   If God is calling you to missionary service, embracing
    that call will bring many other challenges, decisions,
    and need for discernment.
•   Learn to pursue Him and His will now, so that He can
    lead you through the expression of your call more
                  Key Questions
•  “What is it that’s not being done, that ought to be done,
   that I could do, and that if it were done would result in
   greater glory to God and the advance of Christ’s
• How can you glorify God?
  • “By loving Him and doing what He commands.”
• “Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the
   desires of your heart.” –Psalm 37:4
  • What are the desires of your heart?

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