What is Missions?
It is simply following the charge of Christ:
Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen.”
As a church we are committed to preaching the gospel to all people in this world. The Lord has blessed us with much and it is our privilege to give to further the spread of the gospel.
All of us are called to share the gospel with our neighbours and friends. It is not a gift to a few select individuals but a command to every believer (Matthew 28:19-20). This failure to shine for Christ to them is serious for “if our gospel be hid, it is hid to them that are lost” (2 Corinthians 4:3).
The early history of the Bible-Presbyterian Church was characterised by such a desire and a willingness to share Christ with the lost around us. Rev Timothy Tow wrote of its beginnings,
“…the overall mandate to any and every church is what is known as the Great Commission (Matt. 28:18-20). However, I would also call the Great Commission “The First Commandment to the Church”. It would be a great mistake for any pastor to sit in his sheepfold and watch that none stray into another pasture. Such a defensive policy is defeatist. Rather, we should heed the Master’s call to bring in the other sheep, those wandering in faraway valleys or on mountain slopes, those who are crying for help. The First Commandment to the Church, as has been proven through the years, is evangelism and missions.”