The Voice of Scripture
on Missionary Work
1. The Ground of Missionary Work—
  • God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in Him should not perish, but have everlasting life.—John iii. 16.
  • Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.—Luke ii. 10.
  • Go ye into all the world, and preach the Gospel to every creature.—Mark xvi. 15.
2. The Need of Missionary Work—
  • The Lord looked down from heaven upon the children of men, to see if there were any that did understand, and seek God. They are all gone aside, they are all together become filthy. There is none that doeth good, no, not one.—Psalm xiv. 2, 3.
  • Without Christ .... having no hope, and without God in the world.—Eph. ii. 12.
  • Whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved. 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? and how shall they preach except they be sent?—Rom. x. 13, 14, 15.
  • Come over and help us.—Acts xvi. 9.
3. The Purpose of Missionary Work—
  • To seek and to save that which was lost.—Luke xix. 10.
  • To open their eyes, and to turn them from darkness to light, and from the power of Satan unto God, that they may receive forgiveness of sins, and inheritance among them which are sanctified.—Acts xxvi. 18.
4. The Sin of standing aloof from Missionary Work—
  • We do not well; this day is a day of good tidings, and we hold our peace.—2 Kings vii. 9.
  • Curse ye Meroz, said the angel of the Lord; curse ye bitterly the inhabitants thereof; because they came not to the help of the Lord, to the help of the Lord against the mighty.—Judges v. 23.
  • "I was afraid, and hid Thy talent in the earth." "Thou wicked and slothful servant"—Matt xxv. 25, 26.
5. The Motive of Missionary Work—
  • How much owest thou unto my Lord ?—Luke xvi. 5.
  • The love of Christ constraineth us.—2 Cor. v. 14.
  • For ye know the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, that though He was rich, yet for your sakes He became poor, that ye through His poverty might be rich.—2 Cor. viii. 9.
  • What shall I render unto the Lord for all His benefits toward me?—Psalm cxvL 12.
6. Ways of Helping Missionary Work—
  • I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.—Isaiah vi. 8.
  • Ye also helping together by prayer for us.—2 Cor. i. 11.
  • Pray ye the Lord of the harvest, that He will send forth labourers into His harvest.—Matt. ix. 38.
  • Upon the first day of the week let every one of you lay by him in store, as God hath prospered him.— 1 Cor. xvi. 2,
7. The Spirit in which Help should be given to Missionary Work—
  • Lord, what wilt Thou have me to do ?—Acts ix. 6.
  • Whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as to the Lord, and not unto men,—Col. iii. 23.
  • Not grudgingly, or of necessity, for God loveth a cheerful giver.—2 Cor. ix. 7.
  • The people rejoiced, for that they offered willingly.—1 Chron. xxix. 9.
  • She hath done what she could.—Mark xiv. 8.
8. The Reward of a Share in Missionary Work—
  • The liberal soul shall be made fat; and he that watereth shall be watered also himself.—Prov. xi. 25.
  • The blessing of him that was ready to perish came upon me.—Job xxix. 13.
  • Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things; enter thou into the joy of thy Lord.—Matt. xxv. 23.
9. The End of Missionary, Work—
  • This Gospel of the Kingdom shall be preached in all the world for a witness unto all nations; and then shall the end come.—Matt. xxiv. 14.
  • And the idols he shall utterly abolish.—Isaiah ii. 18.
  • For the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.—Habak. ii. 14.
  • The kingdoms of this world are become the kingdoms of our Lord, and of His Christ, and He shall reign for ever and ever.—Rev. xi. 15.
Published as a Leaflet by the Church Missionary Society.