Our Mission Statement for the Country Faith missions program is:
“To share Christ’s love, spread the Gospel, and build relationships with those in the mission field by providing financial support, training, and short term mission experiences.”
The great commission is pretty clear to most church goers: “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 28:19-20)
That can be a daunting task and make most of us paralyzed with feelings of inadequacy. However, when it is coupled with more scripture like Acts 1:8 and Eph. 4:11-12, we get some comfort and realize we can do this.
In Acts 1:8, Jesus is speaking before His ascension. “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.” We see here the commission is calling out four areas in which to witness:
- It starts in our “Jerusalem”, our local community. We are called to share Christ here. There are no language or cultural barriers to overcome.
- Then the commission expands to our region “all Judea”. There are still no language barriers and the culture barriers will be easier to overcome.
- Then it mentions “Samaria”. Samaria is a different culture within our region. This culture will be different enough that sometimes it may feel like they are not speaking our language. They may be of a different ethnicity or raised in a way where the habits and religious experiences are foreign to us.
- The last place we are commanded to go and witness is to “the ends of the earth” or “the uttermost”. This truly is those unreached people in distant lands who, more than likely, will have nothing in common with us and will not have ever even heard the name of Jesus.
As a church that believes in a deeper relationship with Jesus through the baptism of the Holy Spirit and the empowerment that comes through Him, we also recognize the importance of being a people who are relying on Him and not going in our own strength. Therefore it is important to us that those we send out have the mindset, heart attitude and power He promises to give to those willing to “Go”.
Eph. 4:11-12 says, “So Christ himself gave the apostles, the prophets, the evangelists, the pastors and teachers, to equip His people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up,” We see the heart of God here to equip his people. He does not expect us to go without being taught, without being trained, or without having heard from our pastor that we are ready. Prophets build us up and help us be encouraged that God knows our heart and reveals His plans to us. How comforting to know He is with us when we go!
That being said, there are also those of us that are “senders”. We train, pray for, and financially support those who “go”. We want all the body at CFC to have a part in the “Great Commission”. We are committed in the days ahead to do a better job of helping you find your niche in the mission experience!
Submitted by Darien Northup, Elder over missions at CFC