We have an opportunity to make a financial contribution this Sunday to the 2014 Sovereign Grace Mission Fund. For many years, the missions fund has enabled us to partner with other congregations who share our denominational commitment to planting and building local churches around the world with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
When Jesus commissions us in Matthew 28:19 to “make disciples of all nations,” he isn’t looking for casual supporters. He’s looking for active participants. Participating means learning to pray – think of the videos we’re watched on Sunday mornings. Participating means learning to send – think of Brad and Tammy Bishop’s ministry in Suti Sana. Participating means learning to go – think of the Bolivia missions trip we’re planning for later this year as part of our ongoing ministry in that country. God is giving us a new vision for international missions. Supporting the mission fund is simply one more way we can respond to the work God’s already doing in our church.
2) We believe international missions should not be confined to people groups that have already been reached with the gospel
Historically, Sovereign Grace has had little to no involvement in sending missionaries to plant and build local churches among unreached people groups, places where the gospel has yet to be effectively proclaimed. That’s beginning to change. God is calling men and women in Sovereign Grace churches to exchange the comforts of America for the hardships of life on the foreign missions field. We shared the story of one such couple at our members meeting last month. Supporting the mission fund is one way we can help train and deploy ministers of the gospel among unreached people groups.
3) We believe that faith for missions grows when we focus on specific projects led by people we know and trust
In years past, all the money given to the mission fund went into one giant pot. All of that is changing this year. Now the mission fund is broken down into 10 categories, enabling us to direct our financial support to specific causes. So you can give toward church planting in our mid-atlantic region. You can give toward missions work in Cuba or Zambia. Or you can give toward the general global missions fund supporting missions work around the world. Part of what the regional church-planting fund so excited is that one of our pastors, Gene Emerson, is on the committee of elders from our region who decides which church plants will receive support from the regional fund.
Please pray over the next few days about how you can contribute to the mission fund on Sunday, March 9. May God make us a church that is faithful to go and make disciples of all nations!