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Adult Bible Study Guide

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Adult Sabbath School Bible Study Guide


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IBLICAL

MISSIONARIES

Brge Schantz, Principal Contribu

Biblical Missionaries
Our Goal

We will look at mission first


and foremost as Gods means
for commu-nicating the gospel.
Mission is a core part of Gods
sovereign activity in the
process of redeeming
humanity.
We will study how Gods
eternal purpose has been

Biblical Missionaries
Contents
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The Missionary Nature of God


Abraham: The First Missionary
The Unlikely Missionary
The Jonah Saga
Exiles as Missionaries
Esther and Mordecai
Jesus: The Master of Missions
Cross-Cultural Missions
Peter and the Gentiles
Philip as Missionary
Paul: Background and Call
Paul: Mission and Message
Must the Whole World Hear?

Biblical
Biblical Missionaries
Missionaries
Lesson
Lesson 13,
13, September
September 26
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Must the Whole World

Hear?

Must the Whole World Hear?


Key Text: Romans 16:25-27 NIV

Now to him who is able to


establish you in accordance
with my gospel, the message
I proclaim about Jesus Christ,
in keeping with the revelation
of the mystery hidden for
long ages past, but now
revealed and made known
through the prophetic

Must the Whole World Hear?


Key Text: Romans 16:25-27 NIV

so that all the Gentiles might


come to the obedience that
comes from faithto the only
wise God be glory forever
through Jesus Christ! Amen.

Must the Whole World Hear?


Quick Look

1. People Exclusivism
(Acts 4:11,
12)
2. Doctrine of
Universalism and
Pluralism (Daniel 12:2)
3. Global Evangelism
(Mark 16:15, 16)

Must the Whole World Hear?


Initial Words

Throughout the ages,


millions have died without
knowing the biblical plan of
salvation. This leads to two
persistent questions. First, on
the day of judgment, how is
God going to deal with these
billions who have not known
Him? Second, is there

Must the Whole World Hear?


1. People Exclusivism

Acts 4:11, 12 NKJV

This [Jesus Christ of


Nazareth] is the stone which
was rejected by you builders,
which has become the chief
cornerstone. Nor is there
salvation in any other, for
there is
no other name under heaven

1. People Exclusivism
No Other Name

Some Christians believe that


only
those who hear and respond
positively
to the Christian gospel can be
saved.
These exclusivists, regard all
non-Christian religions as
constructs of fallen humans,

1. People Exclusivism
No Other Name

Some Christians take the


further step of claiming that
outside their specific
denomination there is no
salvation, even for other
confessing Christians.
Other denominations with
their divergent beliefs have
placed themselves outside the

1. People Exclusivism
How Much Must One Know?

Although the work of Christ


provides the only means of
salvation,
explicit knowledge of Christ is
not necessary in order for one
to be saved.
This does not imply that
salvation is available apart
from Christ but that God is able

1. People Exclusivism
How Much Must One Know?

Those who do not know Christ


and have never been exposed
to the gospel, but who under
the influence of the Holy Spirit
feel a need for deliverance,
and act on it, will be saved.
To those who by persistence
in doing good seek glory,
honor and immortality, he

Must the Whole World Hear?


2. Doctrine of Universalism and Pluralism

Daniel 12:2 NKJV

And many of those who


sleep in the dust of the earth
shall awake, some to
everlasting life, some to

2. Doctrine of Universalism and Pluralis


Contrary to the Bible

Some teach that in the end


God is going to save all
human beings, regardless of
what they believed or even
how they lived.
Universalism is the
conviction that all persons are
so related to God that they
will be saved, even if they

2. Doctrine of Universalism and Pluralis


Contrary to the Bible

Related to universalism is
pluralism. all religions are
equally valid and lead equally
to God and salvation.
The vast range of religious
beliefs, are mere surface
differences concealing a
similar core of all religions.
Pluralists point out that all

2. Doctrine of Universalism and Pluralis


Contrary to the Bible

Enter the narrow gate; for


wide is the gate and broad is
the way that leads to
destruction, and there are
many who go by it.
Because narrow is the gate
and difficult is the way which
leads to life, and there are few
who find it (Matt. 7:13, 14

Must the Whole World Hear?


3. Global Evangelism

Mark 16:15, 16 NKJV

Go into the
world and preach
the gospel to
every creature.
He who believes
and
is
baptized will be
saved; but he

3. Global Evangelism
Sinners in Need of Grace

God loves all people, but all


people
are sinners in need of grace,
and this grace has been
revealed in Jesus. He has called
His church to spread the good
news of this grace to the world.
The church is Gods appointed
agency for the salvation of

3. Global Evangelism
The Mission Call

Mission successes have been


obscured by the human
shortcomings of the
missionaries themselves and
their overall mission
enterprise.
Human shortcomings:
(1) Poor planning for outreach,
inadequate understanding of

The Mission Call


Human Shortcomings

(2) Narrow focus on mission


only as education, health care,
disaster relief, or
development, which
overshadow preaching the
gospel.
(3) Underfunding and
understaffing by the sending
organizations.

Must the Whole World Hear?


Final Words

The Holy Spirit on the Day of


Pentecost, began to proclaim
the mighty works of God to
visitors from a list of nations,
geographic regions, and ethnic
groups (Acts 2:511).
From its first day of life, the
Christian church has been
aware of the worldwide extent