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Missions Discipleship

Grace to All People: Titus 2:11

“For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation for all people.”

—Titus 2:11 (CSB)

Let’s face it. Christians are often guilty of the sin of disassociation. Oftentimes, we don’t want to be around people who do not talk like us, look like us, or act like us. The Bible makes it clear that we must be willing to step out of our comfort zone and offer His grace to all people, even those who don’t look like, talk like, or act like us.

Salvation is available as a result of God’s grace. No one deserves salvation. It is a gift made available from God who grants grace (unmerited favor) to His special creation. He grants grace to all people that were made in His image and who have sinned against Him ever since Adam and Eve ate the fruit in the Garden of Eden. People cannot earn salvation. They must accept it as a gift from God who loves His creation and sent His Son to die to pay the penalty for their sin (Eph. 2:8–9).

All will not accept the gift, but all are offered the gift. God knows who will accept the gift, but He still commands us to offer it to all. Hence, we have the task of missions.


The Task of the Believer

What do believers do with this gift of grace? We must offer the gift to those who need it. In Matthew 28:18–20 Jesus said, “All authority has been given to me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

As disciples of Jesus Christ, we are commanded to share the gospel with the whole world. Of course, this does not mean that all Christians will move to another country to share Christ in an international location for a lifetime. However, all Christians are called to consider the task of missions. As disciples of Christ, we are called to fulfill the Great Commission, as it has been called by Bible scholars throughout history.

Our task is to share the word of God with a lost world. Romans 10:14–17 gives the specifics of our assignment: “How, then, can they call on him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news.’ But not all obeyed the gospel. For Isaiah says, ‘Lord, who has believed our message?’ So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.”


The Work of the Holy Spirit

As we are obedient to declare the message of grace which God has given us to share, the Holy Spirit will convict the world of sin, righteousness, and judgment. This is Jesus’ promise to us in John 16:8. We deliver the message. The Holy Spirit saves them. He uses us to deliver the message, but He convicts people of their sin and draws them to Himself.

This reality should bring encouragement to every believer. I am off the hook! When I share the gospel of grace that God has given to the world, the Holy Spirit takes over and performs the task of regeneration. I am commanded to deliver the message, but God will work in the hearts of people through the power of the Holy Spirit.


How Will I Apply this Truth to My Life?

God has made His grace available to the whole world, but the gift must be delivered to the whole world. God has given us the responsibility of sharing His gift and He will deliver it to those who are moved by His Spirit to accept it. Who does God want you to share His gift of grace with today?

Bill Halladay serves as the staff writer at Brainerd Baptist Church in Chattanooga, Tennessee. In this role, he assists in the development of sermon-based curriculum for the discipleship ministries of the church. He is passionate about educating the next generation regarding the task of local and world missions.