THE CHALLENGE OF MISSIONS by John A. Hatcher (Part 2)

John A. Hatcher
Chapter 2
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In introducing the various phases of missions to be discussed it is necessary to understand, scripturally, what missions is about. Men’s opinions are not the essential concern. The authority and instructions for missions is the Bible. Baptists must constantly return to the Bible for their doctrines and authority for their doings. The attitude of Baptists must be like that of the old gardener.

A lady advertised in the newspaper for a gardener. An elderly man answered the ad and was hired. Three or four days later he noticed the ad was still in the paper.  Worried, thinking she was not happy with his work, he went to the lady and asked, “Lady, are you still looking for a gardener?”

“No, I already hired you as my gardener.”

“Are  you satisfied with your gardener, Ma’am?”

“Yes, perfectly satisfied,” she replied.

“Then you are planning on keeping the gardener you have?

“Yes, I am, but why are you asking?  Is something wrong?”

Quite relieved, the old man replied in a serious tone of voice: “Oh, no ma’am, I’m just doing some checking on myself.”

God’s people and churches must take time to do a little checking on themselves—on their doctrines and duties.

(to be continued…)
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Missionaries John and Alta Hatcher have served the Lord in Brazil since 1955, planting over 70 churches that are still in existence. They now reside in Florida where they continue to share the Gospel with everyone they meet.



John A. and Alta Hatcher

15905 Mercott Court
Clermont FL 34714

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