Strategy



PERSONALIZED, STRATEGIC WORLD MISSIONS MINISTRY

WORSHIP DRIVEN MISSIONS

Every ministry, every outreach event, and every service at Grace Baptist church must be driven by our Worship, so that our ministry is filled with His power, our outreach is victorious in Christ, and our services call upon the redeemed to lift up the Name of their Redeemer!

When our ministry begins with us and what we can do for God, it will end with us and what we alone have done without God!—Nate Penland

The entire local church family personally and strategically involved in world missions, mobilizing laborers, prayer, and finances to the end of glorifying God among all people.

I.    “THE ENTIRE LOCAL CHURCH FAMILY”

God has called His people to make world missions a true priority

A.    In the Old Testament

Psalm 96:3
Tell of His glory AMONG THE NATIONS, His wonderful deeds among ALL THE PEOPLES

B.    In the New Testament
Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, John 20:21; Acts 1:8

Matthew 28:18-20
And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. 19 “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, 20 teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.”

Luke 24:47
and that repentance for forgiveness of sins would be proclaimed in His name to all the nations, beginning from Jerusalem.

II.    “PERSONALLY AND STRATEGICALLY INVOLVED IN WORLD MISSIONS”

A.    Personalized Missions

  • We must have a personalized approach rather than an institutionalized approach.

“Personalized” = ownership and responsibility

“Institutionalized” = throw some money at it

  • To the average person in church, missions is associated with an institution rather than a person or a place!

INDIGENOUS & FOREIGN MISSIONARIES: BOTH MUST SERVE AND GLORIFY
GOD TOGETHER.

No matter where we go and what God empowers us to do, as His Church, we will never go where He is not already at work. We must join Him in His work with other laborers around the world.

God will call some local U.S. men and women to live and minister overseas for His name and His glory, as He already has.

We know that God called Paul to reach the Gentile nations (foreign nations: Acts 9:15-16) just as He called Titus also, who was a Gentile to reach his own people as an indigenous missionary (Galatians 2:1-3).

We know that Jesus called His disciples (the Church) to “Go and make (more) disciples of all nations.”

That was Jesus’ Commission for the beginning of the Church and continues to be His Commission today.  But now that there are “disciples” all around the world what does God want them to do? He wants them to “Go” also and continue to reach their own people and continue to further the Gospel.

The point is how can the local church, not the mission board, be most effective in reaching a lost and dying world, while using all the resources that God gives us with the most wisdom.

We believe that the best way is to spend most of our time and finances helping the indigenous missionaries to reach their own people, while seeking to establish a long-term relationship with the country and the people group.

In this way, we as a local Church, are not only fulfilling Matthew 28:19-20 but we are also working along side God’s children in other lands!

But at the same time God may call some of our very own members to live and work in a foreign country. And we, as His Church must take the lead in both commissioning them and sending them. And we, who stay behind, will continue to join them in prayer and short-term trips as we support God’s work for His harvest.

Helping the indigenous work will be our priority, but not to the exclusion of praying for and working with local US missionaries who God is using to further His Kingdom.

Psalm 67:2
That Your way may be known on the earth, Your salvation among all nations.