The Book of Revelation (7:9) tells us: “…before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”
And Habakkuk (2:14) says, “For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.”
God gives us the privilege of bringing glory to Him by going to the nations, tribes, people and languages of His world. Christ commands us to become part of this great ministry, to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” You and I are called. He says to us, “Go…preach.”
Some of us will go to other people, other countries. But what does “go” mean for the many that will not physically go to the far reaches of the world? Are there other, just as important ways to be obedient to Christ’s command? Absolutely. In fact, there are at least SIX WAYS TO GO!
Which will be your ways? How will you obey Christ’s command?
Your Missions Team
For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Jeff Templeton at 269-930-0220.
Today, if you don’t know which of the six ways will be your way to obey, your first step will be to LEARN. To learn…
1. Participate in Mission Minded Sundays
2. Take the Perspectives course
3. Sign up for an ABF “missions” quarter or help teach a missions-focused class to youngsters
4. Explore missions as a Small Group
5. Read missionary biographies, books and magazine articles
6. Talk with missionaries about their ministries
7. Serve on the Missions Committee or a subcommittee
Commit today to learn about what God is doing and enrich your life in amazing ways.
In Thessalonians, the Bible tells us to “PRAY continually” and in Philippians “to present [our] requests to God.” It’s clear our God wants and waits for our participation in His grand purpose. Yet we often fail to come to Him.
Perhaps you and I have just gotten out of the habit. Maybe we have slid into the sin of prayerlessness because we’re too busy, too preoccupied with other things.
The question is… if you have the power to put your requests before God, why wouldn’t you?
Could you begin by praying five minutes a day for five days for one of the missionaries The Chapel supports? Or you could employ Operation World to pray for a country…even use the newspaper or TV news to pray over events.
You’ll find prayer requests from our missionaries in each week’s Briefings and in the monthly prayer calendar insert.
There are opportunities, also, to join others before God …
Think you know what ‘GO’ means? Well, think again. Where going once meant ‘long-term or no,’ today you can go near or far for a week or a lifetime and just about any length in between. For example, you can live in the US and travel back and forth to your country of service a couple of times a year.
Here are just a few of the ways in which Chapel people are ‘going’:
Mission agencies today emphasize to prospective ‘goers’ that the prayer and relationship support of a group at home is just as important a part of ‘SENDing’ as financial support.
The Chapel congregation has always taken both types of sending very seriously. Your congregation has given to missions at sacrificial levels since its inception. But of equal import is the time and effort that go into meeting missionaries’ special needs both on the field and at home.
Today Timothy Teams go even farther than the Missions Committee’s efforts historically. A Timothy Team (made up of people committed to a particular missionary) provides:
By serving on a Timothy Team, you become by extension a part of something that’s going on in another part of the world. You become friends and fellow workers with a specific missionary. Further, you reflect for other Chapel goers and the world what Christian community means.
Not all mission fields lie overseas, as our local mission efforts remind us. Some people to whom we minister will stay in our backyards, while others may be here only for a time. Both groups give us the opportunity to offer a WELCOME, invite them into our homes and lives and draw them to Christ.
Many foreign nationals come here as students or are transferred here as professionals. Their presence gives us a rare opportunity to share Christ—
Refugees and immigrants also present a unique opportunity for welcoming, with their needs for food, housing, clothing and understanding how to make their way here. Your time and assistance can give palpable proof of God’s love to them.
“Tell me about your homeland” is a wonderful way to begin the conversation!
What remains in the effort? To encourage, to MOBILIZE ourselves and others to God’s vision for the nations.
Mobilizing with “6 ways” means simply identifying, recruiting and mentoring those whom God has called to a variety of missions. To take them from “I never thought about missions”
to “I feel I’m called” to “I’m on my way.”
There are significant ways in which you can contribute to mobilizing:
Allow God to use your efforts to reach that “great multitude” that one day will stand before the throne. Help bring an awareness of “His glory” in all the earth!