God is a missional God. An understanding of the grand storyline of the Bible provides us with this reality. God promises that he would send a rescuer from the seed of the woman that would crush the serpent’s head (Gen 3:15). God, instead of obliterating the human race after the Fall, seeks to redeem a people for Himself. We believe that “through Adam sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned” (Rom 5:12). He sends a second Adam – Jesus Christ to save (Rom 5:19). Now, since all humans are under the right condemnation and judgment of God, every person apart from Christ is destined for His wrath (Eph 2:3). An eternal hell and just punishment await people here and everywhere as payment for their sins. It is through Jesus Christ in which we can be saved from the penalty of our law-breaking.
God does not take pleasure in the condemnation of the wicked but calls them to repentance and faith (Ezek 33:11). We also know Heaven will be filled with such a great multitude that cannot be numbered from all nations, tribes, peoples, and languages (Rev 7:9). As the church, we go out with great assurance and promised success as we go into the nations and our neighborhoods to proclaim the gospel.
Missions is much more than social activism. It is more than making other’s life better but changing their eternity. Yes, in part, missions meet the practical, physical, and immediate realities of hurting and broken people, but something much grander is going on than that. Why? God has determined the mission, and his mission is about redeeming people. And God redeems people through his message. Mission is tied to God’s message, and that message is “that Christ died for our sins according to the Scriptures, and that He was buried, and that He rose again the third day according to the Scriptures, and that He was seen by Cephas, then by the twelve” (1 Cor. 15:3-5). Christ died for and redeemed a multitude of people.
He calls us as his disciples to go out in all the world and makes disciples of all nations. Disciples make disciples through the proclamation of the gospel. It is by faith that people are justified. We believe everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved” (Rom 10:13). We do this by sharing the goods news of Jesus Christ – “How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent?” (Rom 10:14-15). We must go to our neighbors and to the nations armed for our mission with the gospel – “the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes” (Rom 1:16).
We seek to live with gospel intentionality locally and globally. We desire to play our part in God’s mission through evangelism, equipping and developing leaders, and sending them to plant other like-minded churches in Chatham County and to the ends of the earth. As the church, we partake in an unstoppable mission.