The Second Coming of Jesus - Motivation to Mission

By Jason McConahy,

As a church family, we just finished our study through Mark 13 where Jesus speaks about His second coming. One of the questions we sought to answer is the following… What effect should the doctrine of Jesus’ second coming have on us? In the previous blog post I highlighted the first of two important answers to that question. In this post, we look at the second - how this doctrine should give us motivation to be about the mission Jesus has given us.

In the Olivet Discourse, Jesus says that before the end will come, the gospel must FIRST be preached to all the nations (Mark 13:10, Matt 24:14). It seems strange that there is so much speculation within Christianity about the timing and details of Jesus’ return, and so little emphasis on the spread of the gospel to the nations. A certainty about the second coming of Jesus should manifest itself in a prayerful and active interest among God’s people about global missions, since Jesus purchased with His blood people “from every tribe and tongue and people and nation” (Rev 5:9-10).

We spoke about some of the statistics regarding the current state of unreached people groups around the world. That information came from the following website. I wanted to pass it along so you could spend some time educating your mind and heart, and with the hopes that it will fuel interest in prayer in what God is doing around the world.  http://joshuaproject.net

May we be a church that longs for Jesus’ return, and therefore is passionate about proclaiming His gospel, first in our own neighborhoods, and moving outward to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8-9)!

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