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The World: The Motive for Missions (1 of 3)
Series: Making a Difference in Missions
1. GOD'S LOVE REVEALED TO THE WORLD
a) The Expression of God's Love
b) The Extent of God's Love
2. GOD'S GRACE REQUIRED BY THE WORLD
a) A Universal Problem
b) A Universal Provision
3. GOD'S WRATH RESERVED FOR THE WORLD
a) The Tragic Destiny of the Lost
b) The Threatening Destiny of the Lost
1. One of the great names in missions is Henry Martyn (1781-1812). He was an English missionary to India and what was then called Persia. When he arrived in Calcutta in April, 1806 he made the statement, "Now let me burn out for God!" Little did he know how fast he would burn out for God. Only six years later, at the young age of 31, Henry Martyn was dead. While traveling to Constantinople, he became ill with fever and died. He was buried by strangers and unbelievers at Tocat, Turkey. However, Martyn compressed a lifetime of service into those six short years. Let me share with you a quote by Martyn that I will share with you over the next three weeks. He said, "The Spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions, and the nearer we get to him, the more intensely missionary we must become."
2. I want us to spend today and the next couple of weeks thinking about missions. You don't have to attend Temple Baptist Church very long to realize that mission's is a very important part of what we are and what we do. You could say that a major artery of this Church is missions. Hundreds of missionaries have passed through this place and thousands of dollars are given by this place each month for missions. In my opinion, one of the greatest things that could said about this place is the number of missionaries that have gone out of this place and are serving as missionaries around the world.
3. I believe, like Martyn, that the nearer we get to Christ the more intensely mission minded we will become as a Church and as individual Christians. It is easy as a Ch ...
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