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Personal Mission Field Workshop

Two by Two

An old idea to help us in our mission.

Welcome to the PMF Workshop for the week of October 26, 2020. I’m your host, T. M. Moore. Each week we provide teaching, encouragement, and resources to help you in working your Personal Mission Field. By adopting the perspectives and practicing the disciplines we present in the Workshop, you can become more consistent and effective in realizing the presence, promise, and power of God’s Kingdom in your daily life.

Today’s Workshop is entitled, “Two by Two.” Our text is Luke 10.1: 

After these things the Lord appointed seventy others also, and sent them two by two before His face into every city and place where He Himself was about to go. Luke 10.1

Jesus is coming
Every believer in Jesus Christ knows that Jesus is coming again. We pray for this, saying, “Maranatha! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!” We know that when Jesus comes again, we will see Him as He is, and we will be made like Him. He will take us to the new heavens and new earth, to dwell with and before Him forever. There we will have no more sorrows, no more tears, and no end of wondrous things to do and discover as we worship our Lord and Savior with joyful hearts. No one will ever die again. No sin will ever disrupt our worship and service of the Lord. No climate change. No pandemics. No wars. No want. No corruption. No more presidential debates. Nothing but endless, boundless, rejoicing in the Lord, and enjoying the company of His saints forever, without end.

Yeah, it’s a pretty big deal. Jesus is coming again.

But every believer also knows that not all the news relative to Jesus’ coming is good news. His coming will catch some people unprepared. Multitudes will be so terrified at His coming that they will call the mountains to hide them from His Presence. These are they who have not repented of their sins and given themselves, without reservation, to following Jesus. These are they who have deceived themselves into thinking that Jesus will forgive them no matter what, and that all He is seeking for us here and now is some modicum of religion, some tip of the hat to the God of all grace and glory.

The end of such people at the coming of Jesus will not be joyous. It will be tumultuous, terrifying, and terrible, because they will receive, in unbounded fullness, that which all their lives they have chosen to pursue – separation from God and all His promises, power, and bounty.

We who know Jesus know that, when He comes again, this terrible end will be the end of many, including many whom we see every day, week-in and week-out.

And that’s why Jesus has appointed a Personal Mission Field for us to receive and work.

He has sent us
Just as Jesus sent those first seventy disciples ahead of Him, “into every city and place where He Himself was about to go,” so He has sent us into the world to follow His example in bringing near the Kingdom of God to our world (Jn. 20.21). As He told those seventy, “say to them, ‘The kingdom of God has come near to you.’” The Kingdom comes near as we live out the righteousness of Jesus in every area of our lives; as we live in peace and share God’s peace with others; and as we radiate and proclaim the joy that comes with knowing Jesus and following Him (Rom. 14.17, 18).

We are ambassadors of the Kingdom of God and witnesses to our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Cor. 5.20; Acts 1.8). As we are going – wherever we’re going, whatever we’re doing, whomever we are with – our calling and agenda is to seek the Kingdom and make disciples. Those who know Jesus, we want to encourage and edify, that they might grow in Him and fulfill their calling as His followers. Those who do not know Jesus, we work to show Him, by the hope that is within us, and to be always ready to explain how we can have such hope in these uncertain and well nigh hopeless times.

Jesus has sent us ahead of His coming. He is coming again into the world, into the city and places to which He has sent us. Our duty is to demonstrate and proclaim the reality of His Kingdom, and to call the people in our Personal Mission Field to consider Jesus.

Two by two
It is important to note that Jesus sent His ambassadors out “two by two.” While this represented one event in the course of Jesus’ ministry, there’s wisdom here for us in working our Personal Mission Field. Pairing His disciples as partners in mission made good sense. They could help and encourage one another, pray for one another, recall things they’d learned together, plan together, and rejoice to see the Lord working in and through them.

This is good advice for us as well, even though our mission is not a solitary event, but a lifetime of making disciples. Do you have a mission partner? Someone who knows your Personal Mission Field, and whose Personal Mission Field you know? Someone to pray with and for you? To review your walk with and work for the Lord, and rejoice with you? Having a mission partner can help you in fulfilling your calling as the Lord’s ambassador. You can learn together, work together, hold one another accountable, and pray together about the people to whom the Lord sends you each week.

Find a friend to go with you. Or ask your family or your Bible study group to pray for you as you work your Personal Mission Field. Encourage them to start doing the same, then make sure to pray for and with one another, and share what God is doing to prepare your world for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Whether or not we can find a mission partner, we still have a mission, and we must work it daily and diligently until the Lord returns. But if we can encourage others to go with us, then we’ll be realizing the prayer Jesus taught those first disciples, when He told them that the harvest is plentiful but the laborers are few, and they should pray for the Lord to thrust out more laborers into the harvest – you and those you enlist for working their Personal Mission Field.

You and your mission partner can grow and work together as you work through our Mission Partners program. Here’s a way to improve your calling to the Kingdom and glory of God as you master the skills that go with being an ambassador and witness for Christ.

Tell us about what’s going on in your Personal Mission Field. What challenges are you facing? How has the Lord been leading or using you? Email me at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your Personal Mission Field stories, and we might be able to use them to encourage one another in the Personal Mission Field Workshop.

For the Fellowship of Ailbe, and for the Personal Mission Field Workshop, this has been T. M. Moore.

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Except as indicated, Scripture taken from the New King James Version. © Copyright 1982 by Thomas Nelson, Inc. Used by permission. All rights reserved.

T.M. Moore

T. M. Moore is principal of The Fellowship of Ailbe, a spiritual fellowship in the Celtic Christian tradition. He and his wife, Susie, make their home in Essex Junction, VT.
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