Why Missions Part 2 – Pastor Stacey Shiflett

Why Missions?

Part 2

Mark 16

  • 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.


  • “If God wills the evangelization of the world and you refuse to support missions, then you are opposed to the will of God.”Oswald J. Smith
  • “We talk of the Second Coming; half the world has never heard of the first.”Oswald J. Smith
  • “Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”Charles Spurgeon
  • “We are debtors to every man to give him the Gospel in the same measure in which we have received it.”  — P.F. Bresee
  • “The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become.” – Henry Martyn
  • “Missions is the natural response to believing the Gospel.”Cale Etter
  • “You have one business on earth—to save souls.”John Wesley

Why Missions?

Why do we emphasize missions here at Calvary Baptist Church?

Why do we have an open-door policy here?

Why did we raise over $300K last year for missions?

Why do we take a week and hold services every night?

Missions should be a priority because of…

I. The Universal Need of the Population

There’s a lot of people in this world.

This morning, there were 7.8 billion people.

Those people are scattered across 195+ nations around the world.

That is a lot of people with a lot of needs that need to be met.

  • Some need clean water.

EXAMPLE: Today, nearly 800 million people lack basic access to clean water.

In Papua New Guinea, 51 percent of the population drinks surface water. That’s water from ponds, lakes, rivers, swamps, and springs, among other locations.

Almost 60 percent of the population in Ethiopia lacks basic access to drinking water.

  • Many people in the need food.
  • Many needs housing.
  • Many have no work and no way of finding any.
  • Most of the world has no transportation. They walk everywhere.
  • A large percentage of the world has no medical care or medical insurance.
  • Most of the people in the world have no modern medicine or access to doctors.

When we start talking about the needs of the population, it can become overwhelming.

But there is one need that is universal.

No matter what country you go to, every single person has this same need.

They need the gospel.

They need God.

They need God’s gift of salvation.

God sees the many needs of the world.

He knows that many people in the world need food, water, medicine, housing and transportation.

But guess what need He chose to be concerned about?

Their need for salvation.

  • John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.

ILLUSTRATION: There’s a story of a woman in John 4. She was concerned about drinking water. She got her waterpot and made the trip down to the well. Verse 8 says that the disciples of Jesus had gone away to buy meat. They were concerned about their lack of food. But there was a need much greater than well water. There was a need far greater than food. In fact, when the disciples came back with the groceries in verses 30 and 31, they said to Jesus, “Master, eat.” Jesus’ answer was, “I have meat to eat that ye know not of.”

Verse 4 is a key verse. The Bible says, “he must needs go through Samaria…”

Jesus had a need that was based on the needs of this woman.

She thought she needed water, but that is not what she really needed.

She may have thought she needed a husband, but she’d already had five of those.

And the man she was living with was not her husband.

No – her need was the same as every man, woman, boy and girl on the planet.

She needed to be saved.

She needed Jesus.

She needed everlasting life.

Why do we emphasize missions?

Why do we invest in missions?

Because of the universal need of the population of the world.

They need Jesus Christ more than anything else!

Missions should be a priority because of…

II. The Unmistakable Necessity of the Preacher

  • Mark 16:15 Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel
  • 1 Corinthians 9:16 For though I preach the gospel, I have nothing to glory of: for necessity is laid upon me; yea, woe is unto me, if I preach not the gospel!

Sending teams of medical experts around the world is great.

Organizing hunger relief programs are commendable.

Habitat for Humanity building houses for people is a great thing.

But there is a necessity that far outweighs these things.

Missions is a priority because of the emphasis it places on sending preachers around the world.

God in His Sovereignty has choses a very specific and unique vehicle by which to transport the Gospel.

He chose preachers. He chose the preaching of the Word of God as the key to world evangelism.

The Apostle Paul acknowledged the unconventional method that was chosen by God.

  • 1 Corinthians 1:18 For the preaching of the cross is to them that perish foolishness; but unto us which are saved it is the power of God.
  • 1 Corinthians 1:21 For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe.

God’s method of reaching the souls of the world is through the preaching of God’s Word.

  • Isaiah 58:1 Cry aloud, spare not, lift up thy voice like a trumpet, and shew my people their transgression, and the house of Jacob their sins.

Preaching has always been a necessity.

God sent Jonah into the city of Ninevah – TO PREACH!

  • Jonah 3:2 Arise, go unto Nineveh, that great city, and preach unto it the preaching that I bid thee.

God sent John the Baptist to prepare the way for the Messiah by PREACHING.

Matthew 3

  • 1 In those days came John the Baptist, preaching in the wilderness of Judaea,
  • 2 And saying, Repent ye: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.

Jesus sent His twelve disciples out – TO PREACH!

  • Matthew 11:1 And it came to pass, when Jesus had made an end of commanding his twelve disciples, he departed thence to teach and to preach in their cities.

Jesus was busy doing what God sent Him to do – TO PREACH!

  • Luke 8:1 And it came to pass afterward, that he went throughout every city and village, preaching and shewing the glad tidings of the kingdom of God: and the twelve were with him,
  • Luke 9:6 And they departed, and went through the towns, preaching the gospel, and healing every where.

Paul, the first missionary and his partner, Barnabas were diligent – TO PREACH!

  • Acts 15:35 Paul also and Barnabas continued in Antioch, teaching and preaching the word of the Lord, with many others also.


The world needs to hear the gospel, and God has chosen for them to hear it THROUGH PREACHING.

  • We must pray that preachers will be called.
  • We must give so preachers can be sent.
  • We must go so preaching can be done.

We emphasize missions because of the NECESSITY OF THE PREACHER!

Romans 10

  • 14 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?
  • 15 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!
  • 17 So then faith cometh by hearing, and hearing by the word of God.

Missions should be a priority because of…

III. Because of the Unimaginable Nature of the Punishment

The greatest motivation for the church to get involved in World Missions is what will happen if we don’t.

Jesus said it like this to His disciples:

Mark 16

  • 15 And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
  • 16 He that believeth and is baptized shall be saved; but he that believeth not shall be damned.

Those that do not hear and believe the Gospel will die in their sins and spend eternity in Hell.

God cannot and will not allow sinful man into His heaven.

  • Revelation 21:27 And there shall in no wise enter into it any thing that defileth, neither whatsoever worketh abomination, or maketh a lie: but they which are written in the Lamb’s book of life.

QUOTE: “Believers who have the gospel keep mumbling it over and over to themselves. Meanwhile, millions who have never heard it once fall into the flames of eternal hell without ever hearing the salvation story.” — K.P. Yohannan, founder of Gospel for Asia Bible Society

Hell is a real place, and people that are not saved really go there!

  • “Jehovah Witnesses don’t believe in hell and neither do most Christians.”Leonard Ravenhill

Jesus also said:

  • John 3:36 He that believeth on the Son hath everlasting life: and he that believeth not the Son shall not see life; but the wrath of God abideth on him.

QUOTE: Not called!” did you say? “Not heard the call,” I think you should say. Put your ear down to the Bible and hear him bid you go and pull sinners out of the fire of sin. Put your ear down to the burdened, agonized heart of humanity, and listen to its pitiful wail for help. Go stand by the gates of hell and hear the damned entreat you to go to their father’s house and bid their brothers and sisters, and servants and masters not to come there. And then look Christ in the face, whose mercy you have professed to obey, and tell him whether you will join heart and soul and body and circumstances in the march to publish his mercy to the world.William Booth, founder of the Salvation Army

Revelation 20

  • 11 And I saw a great white throne, and him that sat on it, from whose face the earth and the heaven fled away; and there was found no place for them.
  • 12 And I saw the dead, small and great, stand before God; and the books were opened: and another book was opened, which is the book of life: and the dead were judged out of those things which were written in the books, according to their works.
  • 13 And the sea gave up the dead which were in it; and death and hell delivered up the dead which were in them: and they were judged every man according to their works.
  • 14 And death and hell were cast into the lake of fire. This is the second death.
  • 15 And whosoever was not found written in the book of life was cast into the lake of fire.


“The gospel is only good news if it gets there in time!”Carl F. H. Henry