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Sunday School: Missions (Pt.3: Sending and Supporting Well)

November 18, 2018 Speaker: John Bell Series: Missions

3 John: 1-8

The elder,
To my dear friend Gaius, whom I love in the truth. Dear friend, I pray that you may enjoy good health and that all may go well with you, even as your soul is getting along well. It gave me great joy when some believers came and testified about your
faithfulness to the truth, telling how you continue to walk in it. I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. Dear friend, you are faithful in what you are doing for the brothers and sisters, even though they are strangers to you. They have told the church about your love. Please send them on their way in a manner that honours God. It was for the sake of the Name that they went out, receiving no help from the pagans. We ought therefore to show hospitality to such people so that
we may work together for the truth.


BASIC PRINCIPLES FROM 3 JOHN 1–8
Ø Concern for missions and missionaries is normal (vv. 3, 5, 8).
Ø Cooperation among local churches is encouraged (vv. 3, 7).
Ø Knowing whom we ought to support is crucial (vv. 6–8).
Ø Support should be abundant (v. 6).
Ø The motivation is love for the glory of Christ (vv. 7–8).

ASSESSING WOULD-BE MISSIONARIES
Ø Assess Character
Ø Assess Fruitfulness
Ø Assess Bible Knowledge


EQUIPPING WOULD-BE MISSIONARIES
Ø Meaningful Membership
Ø Specific Training
Ø International Experiences
Ø Local Engagement with Internationals


PROVIDING GENEROUS FINANCIAL SUPPORT


PARTNERING WITH A GOOD SENDING AGENCY


MAINTAINING LOCAL CHURCH RESPONSIBILITY
Ø Regular Communication
Ø Pastoral Visits
Ø Sending Short-Term Help
Ø Providing Additional Teammates