When you hear the term mission today, there are very different ideas about what is meant by it. Often, humanitarian projects or diaconal aid are primarily considered. And, of course, these are important areas of missionary work. But if we look at the missionary journeys of the Apostle Paul in the Bible, for example, we see that mission is much more than that.
In Paul's missionary work we see that above all he continued the works of Jesus – just as Jesus had previously told his disciples, whom he himself sent out with the Great Commission:
"Verily, verily, I say unto you, he that believeth in me shall also do the works which I do, and shall do greater than these, because I go unto my Father." Jn 14:12
"And Jesus came forth, and spake unto them, saying, All power in heaven and on earth has been given unto me.
So go and make disciples of all nations, and baptize them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit
And teach them to keep all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, even to the end of the world! Amen." Mt 28,18-20
So Paul went on his missionary journeys, preaching the gospel of the kingdom of God, preaching and teaching the Word, and freeing people from demonic bondage and disease. Wherever he went, new congregations sprang up and existing congregations were strengthened and equipped. In addition, through his ministry, Christians were instructed in the Word of God and led to spiritual maturity. New ministries arose and young servants found guidance and were released in their calling and set into service. In short, the wonderful kingdom of God was spreading.