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Missions: What Is It? (5 of 5)
Many people are confused as to what the church really is and what it is to do. Most of us sit and soak instead of scramble and serve.
If you have been a Southern Baptist any length of time you know we have an International Missions Board and a North American Mission Board. One serves the nations and another serves the United States and its territories. We have between 5, and 6 thousand missions overseas and probably more than that, at least part time, here in the states. All of that is wonderful and is supported by the cooperative program.
But I want to emphasize Home missions in this sermon. I want to emphasize that missions begins here and spreads elsewhere.
During the reign of Oliver Cromwell, the British Government began to run low on silver for coins. Cromwell sent his men to the local cathedral to see if they could find any precious metal there. When they returned they reported that the only silver they could find was in the statues of the saints standing in the corners of the Cathedral. Cromwell replied ''Then we will melt down the saints and put them into circulation.''
I want us to break down the definition of missions in this sermon.
1. MISSIONS IS A SUPPORTIVE PARTNERSHIP.
1. It provides a confirmation of witness. We are not alone in our creed. There are people all over the States who love Jesus. They believe in mercy and grace. They provide assistance. They witness.
That is what is happening to our hurricane stricken city. The cavalry has come to help us. They have come from Georgia, Missouri, Texas, Oklahoma, Virginia, Alabama, and New York, North and South Carolina, Louisiana, Tennessee, Florida and other states. They are not only providing tarp for roofs and demudding for houses. They are sharing Jesus. They are partnering with our church to touch this city for Christ. They are cashing in on the influence we have given as a church and as Christians.
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