Pastor Austin Gardner and VBM Director Jeff Bush tackle some extremely important questions that every missionary either on deputation or on the field need to be able to answer.

  • Introduction 
    • We want to encourage you to come to the World Evangelism Fellowship this November 
    • You can go to visionmissions.com/events and sign up
  • Why do you ask missionaries if they are living victoriously?
    • The devil is attacking all of us an wants us to be out of the ministry
    • We should all be willing to be held accountable 
    • I want them to ask themselves, “I’m I living in victory over porn, bitterness, and jealousy?”
    • Porn has been a big issue lately, so we want to be sure that they are living in victory over it.
    • Our Generation Publishing has a book titled Victory Over Porn
    • We want to help people have victory
  • What are some other things that people should have victory over?
    • Jealousy
    • An attitude of bitterness 
    • Missionaries often begin to think that everyone has forgotten him and no one cares about him 
    • Fear destroys missionaries on the field
  • What are some of the ways that people can overcome depression or loneliness?
    • Go back to the original place where you had to take up your cross and die to yourself
    • The reason all these things is that we become too “me” focused
    • The second that we do that, we are asking for self destruction
  • Do you have victory over sin in your life?
    • Imagine for a second that Pastor is asking your directly!
    • Really think, are you having victory in your life?
  • Are you in love with Jesus?
    • We spend a lot of energy on the methods of ministry
    • There is a danger of being so focused on the methods that we forget to fall in love with Jesus
    • I think that it would be easy for a Vision missionary to how to do the ministry while forgetting who he is doing it for 
    • We need the Holy Spirit of God!
    • Every day, we need to get up, get alone with God, get into His Word, confess our sins to Him, and pray ourselves happy!
    • Faith is not believing in me, it’s believing in God, and we need God! 
    • God can’t really work and use me until I realize that I can’t do it on my own
    • God often takes us to death
    • He takes us to the point that we realize that we cannot do it without God 
    • He gives us the dreams and big goals in life 
    • Language school has a way of breaking you down like that
    • Starting churches has a way of breaking you down like that too
    • God is the one who does the work
    • If we will just have the faith, He will do the work! 
    • We need to go out and work as hard as we can and then pray that God will provide the increase
  • Why would you say, do not quit?
    • It’s really not about you
    • Often, the reason you want to quit is because God is brining you to the point that He can use you
    • He is trying to break you!
    • By the end of deputation with everyone saying the believe in you and calling you a hero, you think that you’re really big stuff!
    • Then you get to the field, and culture shock, language school, and planting churches is tearing you down
    • You get to the point where you are nothing, and you feel like nothing
    • That is when God picks you up 
    • All through the Bible, there is the model of having to die, and then growing to produce fruit after that
    • God has to bring us to the point where we know that we need Him
    • It all comes down to one thing, God wants the glory.
    • If you are at the point where you are breaking and don’t know what to do, then you need to get alone with God
    • When you really get to the point where you quit arguing and fighting with God and let go of the pride and selfishness that is holding you back, then God really will step in and use you
    • We all need a little dose of humility
    • We have to understand that we can’t do anything in our own power, but only through God’s power
    • Every biography, book, or story we read, we have to realize that they all are saying, We cannot do it without God.
  • Closing Remarks
    • The World Evangelism Conference is November 4-5 of this year
    • What we want to do is having a discussion on missions
    • We are having some of the biggest voices in world evangelism coming 
    • They’ll talk about 20-25 minutes on a subject, but for the remaining 30-40 minutes will just be discussion on the subject
    • We want older missionaries and younger missionaries and older pastors and younger pastors to get together and to discuss how we can reach the world with the Gospel 
    • You can find out more info at visionmissions.com
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