As a church we commit over $200,000 each year from our budget to be sent to various missionaries, both national and international. This is the single largest budget line item for our church. We believe that God has called us to reach all people, which includes people who live in places where the Gospel has not been fully proclaimed. God’s idea of missions is to draw all men into a saving relationship with Him. It includes helping God’s people grow in their faith and train them to reach others with the Gospel of Christ.
As a church it is easy to send funds to others in hopes that they will share Christ. Although God may not call everyone to be a missionary in the sense of moving over seas to share Christ, He has called EVERY Christian to live on a Christ-directed mission each day of sharing the Gospel. We as a church are called to live on a Gospel mission EVERY day.
A mission-minded church is always talking about the Gospel and how others must be reached with the Gospel. Most churches today have lost sight of what God has called them to do and as a result they are either declining or proclaiming a false Gospel that does not lead the lost to salvation. Mission-minded churches move their people into action, they develop programs to reach the lost, they pray for the lost, and their calendar and budget reflects this commitment.
The question for us all is, “Are we involved and committed in fulfilling the mission of God?”
Romans 10:13-15, “For ‘everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’ 14 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? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”