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Book Review: “The Missionary Call” by David Sills (Part 1c)

Chapter three asks the question:

3) Is There A Biblical Basis for the Missionary Call?

In the opening remarks of this chapter, Sills asks us to consider the question:  Is the bible the basis for missions, or is the work of missions the reason for the bible?  (I say both!)  The missionary call is not a checklist where we can see if we have enough checks on the list to make the cut.  (Although that does seem like it would be easier!)  God is a missionary God with a heartbeat for the nations that can be seen from Genesis to Revelation.

In this chapter Sills provides examples from the OT and NT of people whom God called to service.  Some obeyed the call, some did not.  No two men were called exactly the same way.  The call of God varies with each individual.  Although we may not be able to give a concrete definition of a missionary call that can apply to everyone the same, we do know, however, that God calls every Christian to live with a missionary heart.

We know that not every Christian will be called to go.  History indicates that most will stay at home.  But before you decide to dig your stakes in too deep, listen to the words of Paul:

“How then shall they call on him in whom they have not believed? and how shall they believe in him of whom they have not heard? and how shall they hear without a preacher? And how shall they preach, except they be sent? as it is written, How beautiful are the feet of them that preach the gospel of peace, and bring glad tidings of good things! But they have not all obeyed the gospel. For Esaias saith, Lord, who hath believed our report? So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.”  (Rom. 10:14-17)

Without the gospel no one will be saved!  The nations must hear!  Jesus has commanded us to go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature!  Will you go?  If not, will you live a lifestyle of missionary-like sacrifice so that both “goer” and “sender” will have a shared passion and commitment to reach the world with the gospel in this generation?

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Book Review: “The Missionary Call” by David Sills (Part 1b)

Part 1 of the book is a question: What is the Missionary Call? It is divided into four chapters. The review for chapter one can be read here.  The title for chapter two is:

2) How Can I Know God’s Will?

This seems to be a very popular question floating around in the minds of many sincere believers who want to please their Saviour.  A preacher once told me that this is probably his most asked question from young people in his church that want to serve God.

I agree with Sills in this chapter when he makes the observation that many people are paralyzed when trying to find God’s will.  Maybe you are familiar with the paralysis of analysis in your own personal pursuit of trying to know the will of God for your life.  Shouldn’t God’s will be more about mobilization and less about paralysis?

Sills looks at eight ways that God guides us so that we can know what His will is for our lives.  They are as follows:

1)  Know God.  Rather than trying to ransack your brain to find out what God’s plan may or may not be for your life, develop a personal relationship with the Guide.

2)  Knowing God’s Word.  Simply put, the bible is God’s revealed will.  If you want to know what He wants you to do – read it and obey it!

3)  Prayer.  Prayer is about changing us, not about changing God.  How can you develop a meaningful relationship with God if you never talk to Him?

4)  Seek Counsel.  This has to be from someone who loves you enough to tell you the truth.  It must be someone who will be honest with you, someone that will hold you accountable.

5)  Life Experiences.  God has allowed certain things to happen in your life to prepare you for the future.  He knows what you need.

6)  Circumstances.  Circumstances are not always a road map from God.  It could be satanic opposition that must be overcome through faith in the promises of God.  However, many times we can look back and see the hand of God in our past circumstances leading us and preparing us for where we are now.

7)  Timing.  Sometimes all of the above can seem to line up perfectly, yet the timing is just not right.

8)  Desires of your Heart.  What is it that you want to do?  (Ps. 37:4)

I was told by a wise preacher once that the way to find God’s will is to wake up every morning and do what you know to be God’s will for that day.  Don’t ask for more light tomorrow if you are not walking in the light that you have today.  The redeemed have been predestined to be conformed to the image of Christ!  All of the justified will be glorified!  God is working in the lives of His people both to will and to do of His good pleasure!  Don’t get so wrapped up in the desination that you forget about the journey!  God is at work!  Know Him!  Let His heartbeat be your own – that is how you can begin to know the will of God for your life!

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Book Review: “The Missionary Call” by David Sills (Part 1a)

Today I finished reading my first ever book on the “Kindle” my wife got me for Christmas! (Before you say anything I am WELL aware that I am a little behind the times as far as technology is concerned. We have three kids – that’s my excuse for everything – deal with it.) I was able to glean some valuable insights that I believe have helped me to think more biblically about how I should be involved in God’s global cause. I pray that you would also consider how you should be involved in getting the gospel to the world as well.

Part 1 of the book is a question: What is the Missionary Call? It is divided into four chapters. The first is titled:

1) Understanding the Missionary Call
Sills writes about four aspects that are usually associated with the missionary call – the need, the commands of Christ, a passionate desire leading to action, and the blessing of your local church. He states that the missionary call is a combination of all of these aspects along with an intense yearning that is virtually impossible to put into words. He also says that he has never heard of two calls to the gospel ministry that were exactly identical. Some are senders and some are goers. We all have a missionary call to obey. Do you see the need? What is your response to the clear commands of Christ? Are you just existing or are you living with a passion to know and make know the risen Christ? Are you involved in your local church and do you have the recommendation of your leaders? What is it that you know God wants you to do right now? Are you doing it? The world is dying and going to hell. How does God want you to be involved in the great ministry of reconciliation that has been committed to your trust?