What is missions?
Simply put, missions is bringing the gospel of Jesus Christ to those who don't know him as Lord and Savior.
Then Jesus came to them and said, "All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age." -- Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV)
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. -- Acts 1:8 (NIV)
There are no limits in territory, people, places, or methods used to reach those who are lost; and God’s desire is that none should perish (2 Peter 3:9). God has a specific plan for us, a direct call and a clear will for every person.
God's call to each individual is unique and specific to them. He uses their upbringing, surrounding environment, and experiences and couples them with his vision, goals and desires, to shape them into a unique tool for His hands to mold and guide and use (Ephesians 2:10).
God's will is for each individual to love God and love people, the
first and second greatest commandments (Matthew 22:36-40). The great
commission, found in Matthew 28:18-20, is an expression of those
commandments to love. Jesus also tells us he has empowered us with
authority and his presence.
Why do we go on mission trips?
We go, plan, organize, implement, and lead mission trips as a response to God.
We go on missions:
- because we share God's heart for the lost
- to reach the lost for Jesus
- to train participants how to hear God's voice
- to disciple other Christians, especially youth, to reach the lost
until Christ returns.
Our ultimate hope is that your desire for God's kingdom to come here
on earth will outgrow our programmatic capacity. Short-term missions
is the vehicle through which we mobilize people onto life-long
discipleship, long-term missions. Not only do we desire for your
perspective to change but for your life to be transformed; to see a
generation radical and sold out for God.
How did missions begin?
You can debate who was the first missionary from Job to Jesus. The
truth is that when Adam and Eve fell, God's plan to redeem mankind to
himself was put into action. Jesus is the greatest missionary of all;
he paid the ultimate price to redeem man and reconcile him to God.
Missions was God's design and his heart from the beginning. We in the
Church today have mistakenly thought of missions as a New Testament
thing, a relatively new idea, but the truth is God has desired all
peoples, nations, and tongues come to him from the beginning. God's
covenant with Abraham was that he would bless nations.
God has set his sight on all the world to come to the saving knowledge of Jesus. That's his heart, his vision, his desire.