All of the missionary endeavors throughout the centuries of church history are like rivers cutting across the landscape called time. Wherever they might twist and turn as they rush and roll throughout the face of the earth, they all eventually pour out into the ocean of the renown of Jesus. All the movements of missions are leading to the global glory of a Man. This Man – the Man Christ Jesus (1 Tim. 2:5) - is the message that drives the mission.
The “go” of missions is the beautiful first leap where one forsakes what is known to forge into an unknown land so that Jesus might come to be known there. Yet this glorious “going” must soon turn into a “saying” or the mission has just become moving. What distinguishes missions from an international relocation program is this issue of proclamation. From the apostolic era until today, the word that flies as the banner over this heralding is GOSPEL – the good news.
We may motivate this generation to go, and motivate them we must, but what will they actually say to people when they get there? What forms that sharp blade of truth that cuts to the heart of a man (Acts 2:37) and cuts all of mankind asunder – dividing between everlasting salvation and everlasting contempt? What is the Gospel, how is it believed, and what are the real consequences?