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The root of the words mission and missionary is the Latin verb mitto (I send). We find the same concept in Greek “apostello” meaning “sent” and from it come the word for “apostle” – “apostolos” which means “sent one” Missions is the whole task, endeavor, and program of the church of Jesus Christ to reach out across geographical and/or cultural boundaries by sending missionaries to evangelize people who have never heard or who have little opportunity to hear the saving gospel. Mission is the total redemptive purpose of God to establish his kingdom among his people. It is the activity of God's people, the church, to proclaim and demonstrate the

kingdom of God to the whole world.

The focus of our discussion today is mission to the family which many Christian scholars argue that it is the most outstanding mission field we have as Christians to share Christ. In his emphasis on the need to evangelize our families, Lee Lacocca says “No matter what you have done for yourself or for humanity, if you can't look back on having given love and attention to your own family, what have you really accomplished?” Loving and caring relationships is an effective way of sharing Christ with the world and the family comes first in this journey of Christian evangelism. L. Steve Bowen in his article “Family Discipleship” uses an acrostic on the

word “SHARE” to show how believers in Christ can reach out to their families with the saving gospel.

Serve them – we serve God by serving others and practicing this in our families can never mean anything less. We are to serve our relatives and family members in consistent and practical ways (Matthew 5:13-16). “Preach the gospel at all times and if necessary use words”, are the words of St. Francis of Assisi on practical evangelism. Serving our families is our God given ministry and should be spontaneous and from a heart of devotion (Job 1:4-5).

Hear them – our goal in listening is to keep communication lines open to ensure that we remain connected. Part of this process is not only listening with our ears but opening our hearts to hear and feel the cry and the concerns of those around us (James 1:19).

Ask questions – to grow and deepen our relationships with family members, we need to ask questions. Find out why they do not go to church or why they have a struggle in trusting God for salvation. This may open an opportunity to share God's word with the person. The bible reminds us that for salvation to be granted, the message has to be heard like we read in the case of Cornelius and his household (Acts 10)

Rescue them – the whole purpose of Jesus coming to the world was to save people from their sins. Our mission as Christians is to make ourselves available to people especially during hurting times as a source of encouragement and comfort (1 Thessalonians 5:14). Cornelius story demonstrates God's willingness to use extraordinary ways to rescue those who desire to know him.

Encourage them – always be a pillar of hope to your relatives and family members. Keep the relationship open and real (1 Peter 2:12). The message today is about sharing Christ with our families. This requires commitment and sacrifice of our time and resources. Job showed a deep concern for the spiritual welfare of his children, fearful that they might have sinned unknowingly, he offered sacrifices for them (Job 1:4-5). We can sacrifice our time each day to pray for our families and relatives, to help them come to the knowledge of Christ and to walk in ways that please him. Have an evangelistic week ahead and become the “sent one” to your family and those around you.

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