Kennedy Sunkutu

Each time many of us think of missions our minds are immediately drawn to the New Testament, and there we focus on the Great Commission in Matthew 28:19, “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” This verse has over the years undoubtedly prompted many to engage sincerely in the work of missions to the honour of the Lord. However, in this issue of Reformation Zambia, we seek to demonstrate from the Scriptures that missions originates from God and that even the Old Testament talks about missions. Missions was not an afterthought in the mind of God, who, faced with the unforeseen problem of how to spread his gospel, quickly thought of a rescue plan, to which Jesus gladly consented. We would like to show that missions is central and pervasive in the whole of the Scriptures. God created humanity with a mission on earth; he called Abraham with the ultimate mission of blessing all the nations of the earth through his descendants.