Concordia Theological Monthly

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missionary, mission, gospel, apostles, apostolic, disciples, Holy Spirit, christian, great commission

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Bible Study; Lecture; Sermon Prep


What is a "missionary," anyway? The answer cannot be given in 30 minutes or 30 hours. Some things that are extremely important can be said, and this iS an attempt to say them. But what is said can by its very generality point only beyond itself to the greatness of the work we missionaries have laid upon us and to the incalculable magnitude of the divine grace that has called us, even us, in our weakness and incapability, to perform it and has given us the power and promise that guarantee success. Only let us remember that the succes will come in God's way and on God’s terms. In humble trust and submission, then, let us ask, "As a missionary, just what am I, anyway?"


Missions and World Christianity

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John 15:16; Matthew 28:18-20; John 12:44-50; 1 Timothy 3:2; John 8:31-32; Luke 24:47-48; 1 Corinthians 9:19-23; Acts 6:4;

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Laity; Ministers; Scholars