A Month of Missions

One of my favorite missions-related quotes is this one from Pastor John Piper:

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.  Missions exists because worship doesn’t.  Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man.  When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more.  It is a temporary necessity.  But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore, is the fuel and goal of missions. It’s the goal of missions because in missions we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God’s glory.  The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God.  ‘The Lord reigns, let the earth rejoice; let the many coastlands be glad!’ (Ps. 97:1). ‘Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!  Let the nations be glad and sing for joy!’ (Ps. 67:3-4)…Missions begins and ends in worship.

-John Piper, Let the Nations Be Glad: The Supremacy of God in Missions

 

Missions—the outworking of God’s passion in reaching all peoples with the message of the gospel of Jesus Christ as demonstrated and declared by God’s Spirit-enabled people, the church—is very important to us here at Trinity. Missions matters because eternity matters.  Missions matters because Jesus said it matters! “…As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you” (John 20:21). “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation” (Mark 16:15). “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth”  (Acts 1:8).  These and many other verses capture the necessity and urgency of our Great Commission mandate as God’s missional community in the world.

 

I am excited about the fact that June is going to be a month of missions here at Trinity. It begins with a special Missions Emphasis Weekend (June 3-4, 2017).  We are pleased to have Dr. Jim O’Neill of Frontier Ventures joining us for two missions presentations.  Jim will speak at our Missions breakfast on Saturday, June 3rd, at 8:30 AM, on the topic: Why Missions Matters to the Family.  Jim will also speak on Pentecost Sunday, June 4th, during our 9:15 AM service on: Why Missions Matters to the Local Church.  We hope you’ll join us!

 

The following weekend is a special training opportunity with Dr. Mark Farnham of Lancaster Bible College. Mark is the founder of
Apologetics for the Church, a parachurch resource aimed at equipping the local church for effectiveness in defending the faith.  We are trusting the Lord for a great turnout on Saturday, June 10th, from 8:15 AM to 3:30 PM for this training event.  The event is free and lunch will be provided.  However, we will take a love offering to help cover the cost of this event.

 

Lastly, our month of missions will culminate in our local Vacation Bible School which will be held Sunday, June 25th through Thursday, June 29th.  Our VBS is for children in grades PreK to 5th grades.  It runs from 6:15 PM to 8:30 PM each night.  Our VBS is free and open to our church and community alike!  Our theme this year is: Paul and the Underground Church.  We will transform the church to look like ancient Rome, and our little ones will have a wonderful time learning about the gospel and experiencing what first century life was like through many creative ways! 

 

So, if you’re looking for a church that is serious about missions and obeying Jesus’ Great Commission, then this is the place for you!

 

For more information about these and other events, please contact the church office at 610-926-4594.

 

Pastor Dan