“The View” is a compilation of stories or truths, that the students of the OGTC have cultured during their time in the Training Center.
Author: O.G.T.C. Student Daniel Bennett
One thing I’ve learned since being here at the Our Generation Training Center is that Missions is a major theme in the Bible – even in the Old Testament. In Genesis 12:2-3 God makes a covenant with Abraham that He would bless Abraham (and the Israelites as a whole) and that through them the rest of the nations would be blessed. Thus Israel was given the responsibility to be witnesses for Christ and reach out to the nations around them. The Abrahamic covenant was repeated by God five times, three times to Abraham (Gen 12:2-3; 18:17-18; 22:18), once to Isaac (Genesis 26:4), and once to Jacob (Genesis 28:14). This promise is represented nearly 400 times which are paraphrased abridgements throughout the Bible (ex. Psalm 67:1,2; Isaiah 49:6; and Romans 1:5-6.) Paul in the New Testament confirms this promise when he emphasizes that God intends that all families of the earth might experience the blessing promised to Abraham and that Abraham’s real descendants are believers in Jesus Christ, whether they happen to be Jews or Gentiles (Galatians 3:8, 14, 16, 19, 29; Ephesians 3:2-6, 9, 11; Romans 15:8-12). Understanding God’s promise to Abraham is indispensable to an understanding of the Bible and of the Christian faith. God’s promise reveals His purpose in missions. But we must remember to keep the emphasis on what God will do so that He will get all the glory for it.