C.F.W. Walther: Each Christian is a Missionary … Every Church a “Mission House”!

C.F.W. Walther: Each Christian is a Missionary … Every Church a “Mission House”!

Living in a post-church culture calls for the mobilization of all Christians. Quoting the prophet Joel, Peter says in Acts 2:18, “Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those [last] days, and they will prophesy.” In order to impact a growing secular society with the Gospel, God’s people need to embrace C.F.W. Walther’s vision of “every Christian a missionary” and be trained and equipped to live as missionaries. Walther writes,

“Not only, however, is this [to see another person recognize Jesus as his/her Lord and Saviour] a Christian’s desire, but it is also his sacred duty. No one should say, ‘I am not a pastor, a teacher, or a preacher. Let them teach, instruct, comfort, and lead souls to Christ. I wish to remain in my own vocation.’ No, Christian, you are baptized, and through Holy Baptism you have already been anointed and called to be a priest of God. Through Holy Baptism each Christian has been consecrated, ordained and installed into the ministry to teach, admonish and comfort his neighbour. Through Holy Baptism each Christian has received not only the authority, power and right, but also the high and holy obligation to do his part that others may be brought to Christ. …