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The Theme for Missions Month
|By: Reverend Dr. Patricia Dugas|
Without good direction, people lose their way. Indeed, the Bible does offer instructions for people getting into heaven – making it right with God and saving their eternal souls. However, it also embraces healthy conditions for living well and in “robust sanity.” To simplify these applications, the Book of Proverbs calls it “wisdom.”
College degrees are assets in today’s society, but there is no guarantee that recipients will also develop wisdom. “Moral mud puddles” remain visible and accessible to those with degrees. They are still left without such skills as honoring parents and raising their children. Handling money, developing a good work ethic, exercising leadership ability, using words well and treating others with dignity and respect are considered valuable assets. Additionally, eating and drinking healthily, as they cultivate emotions count as sensible.
These concerns are addressed in the Bible; believers welcome and embrace the opportunity to assist their brothers and sisters in Christ. The “riveting images and aphorisms” found in Proverbs “keep us connected in holy obedience to the ordinary.”
Frequently, believers find themselves representing the only God that many ever come to know. Consequently, missionary groups are formed and practiced in churches that are serious about Kingdom building.
Hence, the Missions Ministries at Beulah has adopted as its theme: Missions for Victory - Soul Winning. This decision was influenced by three basic Scriptures: Proverbs 11:30, Matthew 28:19 and 2 Corinthians 5:20. Accordingly, soul winning is wise, a command and a Calling.
In reference to wisdom, the Amplified Bible says, “The fruit of the [uncompromisingly] righteous is a tree of life, and he who is wise captures human lives [for God, as a fisher of men – he gathers and receives them for eternity]” (Proverbs 11:30).
The command reads thusly, “Go then and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,” (Matthew 28:19 AMP).
And, finally, this is what makes it a Calling, “So we are Christ’s ambassadors, God making His appeal as it were through us. We [as Christ’s personal representatives] beg you for His sake to lay hold of the divine favor [now offered you] and be reconciled to God.” (2 Corinthians 5:20 AMP)