“God so loved the world…” In YWAM we experience God’s love for us and we want to follow Christ’s commandment to love God and love our neighbor (Matthew 22:37-40). As we ask God to lead us, we find that He gives us all kinds of creative ways to live out His loving purpose for the world.
From the Bible’s earliest pages, God indicates His plan to redeem humankind from sin and reconcile us to Himself. He chose one specific family or ethnic group, Abraham and his descendants, to be His “missionary model,” to receive God’s blessings and then to travel to other places, cultures and families to share those blessings (Genesis 12:1-4).
As our All Nations Verse List shows, God repeated this message many times throughout the Bible.
The response of God’s chosen people was sporadic. At times they obeyed and at times they disobeyed His instructions to be a blessing to “all families on earth.”
The watershed event of missions is the coming to earth of Jesus Christ. In Jesus, God established the way in which we can be reconciled to Him (John 14:6; II Corinthians 5). With His final words, Jesus charged His followers with the task of worldwide evangelization and discipleship (Mark 16:15; Matthew 28:18-20; Acts 1:8).
The response of those who heard those words firsthand, as recorded in the book of Acts, is something of a blueprint for mission activity in the centuries that followed. At times, believers have done very little to cross cultural barriers and share the gospel. Then a “Philip” or a “Peter” or a “Paul” has emerged, or a relatively small band has risen up, to proclaim boldly the good news to those who have never heard it.
We invite you to ask God to show you how you can play a part in making God known.