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The word "missionary" is not used in the Word of God. But that fact does not mean that it is either anti-biblical, or unbiblical. The word "trinity" is not used in the Bible either. But the doctrine of the trinity is taught explicitly (I John 5:7). A missionary is one who is sent, particularly one who is sent on a mission. And that is what Luke describes in Acts 13:1-3. Paul and Barnabas were missionaries from the Church at Antioch, sent out to preach the gospel to the Gentiles.
The biblical term for missionary is "evangelist." An evangelist is a messenger of the gospel, a preacher of Good News. But is not a pastor, or elder. And certainly is not a roving, free-lance preacher! An evangelist is a missionary. Philip, the evangelist, was a missionary (Acts 21:8).
All pastors are to do the work of an evangelist (II Tim. 4:5). But our Lord has given some to his church who are specifically called to be evangelists, or missionaries (Eph. 4:11), who are to be supported and maintained in their work by the churches.
Missionaries are preachers. If a person is not gifted of God to preach the gospel, no matter how sincere one is he cannot serve as a missionary. And the message a missionary preaches is, and must be, the gospel of God's free and sovereign grace in Christ, the sinner's Substitute.
A MISSIONARY IS ABOUT GOD'S MISSION. Is called and gifted of God to establish churches, train pastors, and help to establish those pastors and churches in the gospel of the grace of God, so that they might carry on the work of the gospel for generations to come. Missionaries are sent forth into the world to preach the gospel of our Lord Jesus Christ, to gather in the harvest of God's elect scattered throughout the world.
All Things Are Possible To Him That Believeth!