This page is devoted to promote missions. We have several missions in various countries around the world; India, the Solomon Islands, Papua New Guinea, Africa . . . the whole world in fact is a mission possibility.
This idea of being “on a mission” from God is exciting; like Jesus who had a secret identity and called Himself the Son of Man when He was actually the Son of God. He forbade the demons from revealing His true identity (Mark 3:11) and counselled His disciples to keep the secret until His time had come (Matthew 16:20); who told his mother at Cana His “hour had not yet come” (John 2:4) and his brothers also (John 7: 6, 8) when they wanted Him to reveal Himself to the world. Jesus indeed had a secret identity and a mission and we continue on with His mission until He comes back. Like secret agents travelling to parts of the world that require intervention, we say with the Prophet Isaiah (6) “Here am I Lord send me . . .” He does send us out as sheep among the wolves (Matthew 10:16), defenceless, but upon His authority we go, knowing He has sent us and He will be with us and no person or government can stand against the Lord Jesus.
Matthew 28:18-20: And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Amen.
Some of you may think that missionary work is boring, but to those who are called it is the most exciting life of adventure one can imagine; we recommend this life to you.
Check out this website which tells some of the story of one ordinary man’s journey into India; there are many more stories if you only listen, so what’s your story? Are you being called to be on a mission . . . from God.
The following is a sermon you might like:
‘WHO IS THIS MAN’ – THE SECRET IDENTITY OF JESUS
From the series Phillip McDonald preached in India 2012
My Prayer: Lord reveal yourself to the reader.
Authors have often used a pseudonym or alias to write under in order to conceal their true identity.
For example, Lewis Caroll was not the writer of Alice in Wonderland, but was indeed the alias of the true author . . .? Charles Dodgson, a mathematician who didn’t want his readers to be confused with his factual Math books and the extreme fiction he also wrote . . . with some considerable success.
Alt. eg. C. S. Lewis did actually write The Chronicles of Narnia and other works in his own name, but he did have two aliases: Clive Hamilton under which he wrote poetry; and N.W Clerk under which he wrote of his own personal experience of bereavement after the death of his wife. He had a secret identity for a reason; so he could write with freedom and honesty and without the expectations of his regular readers.
In the same way we see superheros in our movies . . . like Batman and Superman . . . even Spiderman – all with secret identities; so that the public won’t know who they are in everyday life.
A secret agent may indeed have several passports in different names in order to conceal his true identity as he travels the world on various missions.
I have heard of the “witness protection program” which gives an important witness to a crime and who may be in danger of reprisal, a new identity after the trial, so that the powerful criminals who have been convicted by their testimony cannot get to them to harm them.
So what’s all this talk of secret identities and aliases; mystery and intrigue? What is the big secret? What is the biggest mystery ever revealed to man?
In Ephesians 3, Paul talks about “the mystery of Christ”, which in other ages was not made known to the sons of men, but as it has now been revealed by the Spirit to His holy apostles . . . and through their writings to us as well.
So, Paul was a minister of the greatest mystery the world has ever seen; a mystery that had been hidden (kept secret) since the beginning, but was revealed in Jesus Christ 2013 years ago (by our calendar);
At the centre of this mystery is the Church of which we are members. So Christians all have “fellowship (a part in) in the mystery of Christ” even today; Christians are all involved in this great mystery; living on the edge like a secret agent by faith in Jesus Christ; revealing the plan of God to the principalities and powers of this world; changing the hearts of men one at a time . . . and so we go on living this way as ordinary men on the outside, unremarkable to those who pass by; but on the inside we know our true identity in Christ. When He empowers us, by faith in His Name we are able to do extraordinary things for Him.
We are ministers of the mystery and we have a mission as members of the church; we recommend this mystery, Jesus Christ to you today; if you want some excitement in your life, get involved with Jesus . . . become a member of His Church; for real purpose in life listen to Him; for hope of the future put your trust in Him; He is the secret.
You know when Jesus was here on earth He did not go around telling proudly: “I am the Son of God!” ; but humbly He kept His true identity secret calling Himself “The Son of Man”, indicating His great love for all mankind in becoming one of US.
Jesus told us His mission on Earth in Luke 19:10: “The Son of Man is come to seek and to save that which was lost.” I continue His mission in seeking the lost today; what do I mean by lost?; each person is lost when he goes astray and turns to his own way;
Isaiah 53:6 “All we like sheep have gone astray; We have turned, every one, to his own way.” So while we are encouraged to “do it my way” in this world (you have heard the song “I Did it My Way”); in the spiritual realm, we must “do it God’s way”.
Proverbs 21:2 “Every way of a man is right in his own eyes, But the Lord weighs the hearts.”
Jesus called himself the Shepherd of the sheep and we must follow Him, or else become lost. So we all become lost when we turn to our own way and do not follow Jesus who is the only way; today if you are lost, it is still Jesus’ mission to find you and to save you. Remember Luke 9:56 “For the Son of Man did not come to destroy men’s lives but to save them.”
Jesus is not here to give you a hard time about your life . . . He is here to show you how to live.
Will you take the opportunity to get to know Jesus today; the Bible says in Isaiah 55:6 “Seek you the Lord”. When? “While He may be found”. “Call you upon Him”. When? “While He is near”. So it is something you must do for yourself; today is your opportunity; will you seek Him with all your heart while He may be found; will you call upon Him from deep in your soul while He is near; I cannot say how long the opportunity will last but Proverbs tells us what will happen if we do not choose wisely . . . Proverbs 1:27-31 “When your terror comes like a storm, and your destruction comes like a whirlwind, when distress and anguish come upon you. Then they will call on Me, but I will not answer; they will seek Me diligently, but they will not find Me. Because they hated knowledge and did not choose the fear of the Lord . . . therefore they shall eat the fruit of their own way.”
1 Chronicles 28:9 “Serve the Lord with a perfect heart and a willing mind; for the Lord searches all hearts and understands all the imaginations of the thoughts; If you seek Him He will be found by you, but if you forsake Him, He will cast you off forever.”
Please consider your position as we look into the secret identity of Jesus today; and examine the mystery of the church and its mission in this modern world.
Part Two: ‘WHO IS THIS MAN?’
Everyone wants to know who Jesus is, everyone has an opinion. It was no different in Jesus’ day, even the king wanted to know just who He was. Unfortunately he was a classic example of one who sought Jesus in his distress and Jesus was nowhere to be found.
Read Luke 9:7-9 – Herod the King seeks Jesus:
“Now Herod the tetrarch heard of all that was done by Him (Jesus); and he was perplexed, because it was said by some that John had risen from the dead, and by some that Elijah had appeared, and by others that one of the old prophets had risen again. Herod said, “John I have beheaded, but who is this of whom I hear such things?” So he sought to see Him.”
When Herod the king heard of all the miracles Jesus did: he was perplexed. Now kings have power and authority don’t they? Even with all his power King Herod was worried; he had the guilt of sin weighing on his mind; guilt for the beheading of the innocent man John the Baptist. Perplexed is the word used to describe him, he was more than worried, he was frantic and his uncontrolled thoughts of his guilty mind asked the question constantly: “Who is this man of whom I hear such things?” The crowds had different ideas of who Jesus was; some said he was John the Baptist risen from the dead; others said one of the prophets. This king Herod was perplexed because of his sin and asked the same question we ask today; what kind of man is this who heals the sick and raises the dead, yet calls himself the Son of Man.
He sought to see Jesus, but Jesus was nowhere to be found; so we should seek Him while He may be found, because like Herod the opportunity may not always be there if we ignore Him today.
Read Luke 9:18-22
“And it happened, as He (Jesus) was alone praying, that His disciples joined Him, and He asked them, saying, “Who do the crowds say that I am?” So they answered and said, “John the Baptist, but some say Elijah; and others say that one of the old prophets has risen again. He said to them, “But who do you say that I am?” Peter answered and said, “The Christ of God.” And He strictly warned and commanded them to tell this to no one, saying, “The Son of Man must suffer many things, and be rejected by the elders and chief priests and scribes, and be killed, and be raised the third day.”
When Jesus was praying one day with His closest disciples near to Him, He asked them our question; “Whom do the people say that I am?” they answered much the same as what King Herod had heard, “Some say John the Baptist, others one of the prophets”. Very mysterious was the identity of Jesus . . . even to his closest friends. Then He asked them a personal question, just as I want to ask you a personal question. “Who do YOU say that I am?” Who do you say Jesus is today: think about it before you answer. Peter answered, “You are the Christ the Son of God!” Peter reveals Jesus’ secret identity; not only is He the Son of Man, but He is the Son of God; that is the secret to Jesus power in His mission to seek and to save that which was lost . . . even today; He is the Christ of God.
In the very next verse . . . even though Peter had answered our question correctly . . . Jesus strictly warned them to tell this secret to no man; saying “the Son of Man” (Jesus still uses that title) “must suffer many things and be rejected by the chief priests and be killed and raised again the third day”. We now know that this is the death that Jesus suffered; Jesus knew beforehand what kind of rejection He would suffer and what kind of death, but he went there all the way to the cross for each one of us.
The chief priests and scientists and many of the people still reject Jesus today. The question is will you reject him too? Jesus knew beforehand He must die for the sins of all mankind; a blood sacrifice once and for all time to wash away our sins; He knew before, but He went to the cross willingly; that’s what kind of man Jesus is. He loves us; He gave His life for us; He could have used His power to overcome Herod and become king, but He chose to go to the cross to save all peoples. Would you respond to a man like that today?
We have been discovering the secret identity of Jesus today; the greatest mystery kept secret since the beginning of the world. We have seen that evil king Herod wanted to know who Jesus was and wanted to see Him, but had no chance to ease his guilty conscience. Only Jesus’ closest disciples knew His true identity, but were prevented from telling the world until after He had fulfilled His mission here on earth. Yes, Jesus was God in human form, but He was rejected by the authorities; He was not recognized when He came in disguise; He was killed and rose again the third day.
Part Three: ‘WHO’S IMAGE ARE YOU?’
The lawyers often tried to catch Jesus out with questions from the law. Let’s look at Luke 20:20-26 for an example of how Jesus handled their loaded questions. The Pharisees asked Him a question this one particular day “Is it lawful to pay taxes to Caesar or not?” Let me ask you, “Do you like to pay your taxes?” No? Well neither did the people in Jesus day. Some things never change; this of course was a loaded question. If Jesus answered “yes”, then the people would turn against Him; if He answered “no”, then He would be in trouble for avoiding taxes. Jesus was not about to be tricked by the lawyers, so He answered in a way that everyone could understand with an object lesson. “Show me a coin” He said impatiently, as the thought of them testing Him again was wearing thin. “Whose image and inscription is on the coin?” His accusers answered, “Caesar’s image”. The next words which Jesus spoke both answered their question and confounded their secret agenda. “Therefore render unto to Caesar that which is Caesar’s. . . and unto God that which is Gods”. What wisdom, what understanding we see in Jesus words. With a few words Jesus had sprung the trap; the lawyers could not catch Him in His words; so they marvelled at what kind of man Jesus was. The question “who was this man” rang in their mind, but they kept silent after that; not really knowing who He was.
I have here in my Bible a 100 INR note. As Jesus asked so do I! “Whose image and inscription is on the note?” Gandhi’s image and the Reserve Bank of India’s seal! So it would seem this note belongs to them; but while ever I hold it in my hand the value is 100 rupees; if I screw it up and step on it what value is it then . . . still the same right. If I take the note to Australia and bring it back again what is it worth then . . . still the same.
The very first chapter in the Bible tells us a very important thing about whose property we are and the true value of our souls. Genesis 1:27: “So God created man in His own image; male and female created He them.” Just as Gandhi’s image is on this 100 rupee note, which belongs to the Reserve Bank of India; so too God’s image is stamped on every man and woman in this world and we belong to Him, because we have His seal upon us; we are made in His image. Just as if I take the note to Australia and back . . . it makes no difference where we go, or where we run; we cannot escape, we are still God’s property and of equal value to Him.
No matter what we use the money for; something good like milk for the children, or something bad like whiskey to get drunk, the note is still worth 100 rupees. No matter whether the note is crumpled or dirty it is still the property of the Reserve Bank. In the same way, no matter what we have done good or bad; no matter if we are healthy or sick; young or old; crippled or whole; sighted or blind; remember you are still the property of the Lord Jesus and He loves you. Your value is the same as everyone else to Him. If we are God’s property, then we should . . . as Jesus told the lawyers, render unto God that which is God’s property, our very soul.
From this we see what Jesus is like. Remember Jesus’ mission was to seek and to save that which was lost and He came not to destroy men’s lives, but to save them.
So, now we have seen what kind of Man Jesus was, His secret identity is no longer a secret. It is time to ask yourself what will I do with Jesus?
What sort of secret identity do you have; what are you hiding in your heart; what is stopping you from calling on the Lord while He is near today? These questions and others I put to you today. I cannot answer these questions for you. These are personal questions, but just as He did to his His closest disciples, Jesus asks us today “Whom do you say that I am?” Be careful how you answer that question, because if you agree with Peter that Jesus is the Christ the Son of the living God, then you cannot go on living your own way. As we said before, all we like sheep have gone astray and have turned every one to his own way. Our own way is not the right way no, we must follow the One who died for us, for He is the way back to a right relationship with God who made us in His own image.
To enter into this great mystery of Christ, and the church; to find out your true identity, your true mission in this world; one must first believe in Him; if you believe in Him, He will believe in you.
Then if you believe, decide in your mind not to go your own way any more, but to go Jesus’ way . . . and when you have repented in this way, there is only one thing between you and salvation . . . only one thing stops the Holy Spirit coming into your heart and that is sin. The Holy Spirit cannot live in an unholy heart; that is why we have baptism to wash away all the sin from our hearts . . . so the Holy Spirit can enter in and make all things new. It doesn’t matter what sort of train wreck you have made of your own life . . . there is nothing He cannot fix. Like the crumpled and dirty 100 rupee note, your soul is still of great value to Jesus.
Today as we leave this place I want you to think about your life and where you fit in; are you on the outside looking in; Jesus invites you to come in to Him today if you repent he will forgive.
It doesn’t matter what sort of train wreck you have made of your own life, there is nothing He cannot fix.