6 Ways to Go

6 Ways to GoThe Book of Revelation (7:9) tells us: “…before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands.”

And Habakkuk (2:14) says, “For the time will come when all the earth will be filled, as the waters fill the sea, with an awareness of the glory of the Lord.”
 
God gives us the privilege of bringing glory to Him by going to the nations, tribes, people and languages of His world. Christ commands us to become part of this great ministry, to “go into all the world and preach the Gospel.” You and I are called. He says to us, “Go…preach.”
 
Some of us will go to other people, other countries. But what does “go” mean for the many that will not physically go to the far reaches of the world? Are there other, just as important ways to be obedient to Christ’s command? Absolutely. In fact, there are at least SIX WAYS TO GO!
 
Which will be your ways? How will you obey Christ’s command?

Your Missions Team
For more information or to find out how you can get involved, contact Jeff Templeton at 269-930-0220.

 

The SIX WAYS TO GO...
(click a "way" to learn more about it)
1. LEARN
2. PRAY
3. GO
4. SEND

5. WELCOME
6. MOBILZE



 

1. LEARN
Today, if you don’t know which of the six ways will be your way to obey, your first step will be to LEARN. To learn…

  • God’s purpose in missions
  • What missions have accomplished and the task that remains
  • How to communicate Christ’s love across cultures
  • How churches multiply spontaneously across regions.
The best ways to begin?

1. Participate in Mission Minded Sundays
2. Take the Perspectives course
3. Sign up for an ABF “missions” quarter or help teach a missions-focused class to youngsters
4. Explore missions as a Small Group
5. Read missionary biographies, books and magazine articles
6. Talk with missionaries about their ministries
7. Serve on the Missions Committee or a subcommittee
 
Commit today to learn about what God is doing and enrich your life in amazing ways.

 

2. PRAY
In Thessalonians, the Bible tells us to “PRAY continually” and in Philippians “to present [our] requests to God.” It’s clear our God wants and waits for our participation in His grand purpose. Yet we often fail to come to Him.

Perhaps you and I have just gotten out of the habit. Maybe we have slid into the sin of prayerlessness because we’re too busy, too preoccupied with other things.

The question is… if you have the power to put your requests before God, why wouldn’t you?

Could you begin by praying five minutes a day for five days for one of the missionaries The Chapel supports? Or you could employ Operation World to pray for a country…even use the newspaper or TV news to pray over events.

You’ll find prayer requests from our missionaries in each week’s Briefings and in the monthly prayer calendar insert.

There are opportunities, also, to join others before God …

  • During Kingdom Prayer, 7:00 p.m., the last Tuesday of each month and every Sunday before the 9:00 a.m. service
  • During The Watch, 12:00-1:00 p.m., each Tuesday

Imagine one day standing in God’s presence and seeing the impact of your prayers!!

 

3. GO
Think you know what ‘GO’ means? Well, think again. Where going once meant ‘long-term or no,’ today you can go near or far for a week or a lifetime and just about any length in between. For example, you can live in the US and travel back and forth to your country of service a couple of times a year.

Here are just a few of the ways in which Chapel people are ‘going’:

  • Evangelizing on the internet
  • Local outreach--partnering with OCCDA in its Schools of Hope, Mosaic and special events; Harbor Habitat; quarterly CIA (Chapel in Action) events; and VBS in the Riverside Schools.
  • Short-term trips to Romania, the Gulf Coast, Haiti, Zambia, Japan, Ecuador, Nepal. Some trips are Chapel-sponsored; others, taken privately.
  • Intense exploration into adopting a New People Group in which a team is praying, researching and making contacts for anticipated Chapel ministry to an unreached people group (fewer than 2% know the Gospel).
  • People on the cusp of committing major portions of their lives to overseas ministry.

There’s a tremendous need in missions for ‘goers’ of all professions. God can use your gifts, your talents…anywhere.

 

4. SEND
Mission agencies today emphasize to prospective ‘goers’ that the prayer and relationship support of a group at home is just as important a part of ‘SENDing’ as financial support.

The Chapel congregation has always taken both types of sending very seriously. Your congregation has given to missions at sacrificial levels since its inception. But of equal import is the time and effort that go into meeting missionaries’ special needs both on the field and at home.

Today Timothy Teams go even farther than the Missions Committee’s efforts historically. A Timothy Team (made up of people committed to a particular missionary) provides:

  • Focused, regular prayer about the missionary’s ministry and personal needs
  • A group of people that keeps the missionary’s ministry alive before the church
  • Assistance with things that need to be sent to the field as well as gifts the team initiates
  • Many different types of help and preparation when the missionary is coming home on assignment.

By serving on a Timothy Team, you become by extension a part of something that’s going on in another part of the world. You become friends and fellow workers with a specific missionary. Further, you reflect for other Chapel goers and the world what Christian community means.

 

5. WELCOME
Not all mission fields lie overseas, as our local mission efforts remind us. Some people to whom we minister will stay in our backyards, while others may be here only for a time. Both groups give us the opportunity to offer a WELCOME, invite them into our homes and lives and draw them to Christ.

Many foreign nationals come here as students or are transferred here as professionals. Their presence gives us a rare opportunity to share Christ—

  • They may be freer to talk about faith and belief here than in their homelands
  • Your home or a lunch hour may provide a non-threatening environment in which to talk
  • A relationship with you may help them understand the culture and give them an opportunity to practice their English skills
  • Your friendship can fill the void loneliness and fear may have created in their lives. Historically, many of these visitors are never invited into an American home.

Refugees and immigrants also present a unique opportunity for welcoming, with their needs for food, housing, clothing and understanding how to make their way here. Your time and assistance can give palpable proof of God’s love to them.

“Tell me about your homeland” is a wonderful way to begin the conversation!

 

6. MOBILIZE
What remains in the effort? To encourage, to MOBILIZE ourselves and others to God’s vision for the nations.

Mobilizing with “6 ways” means simply identifying, recruiting and mentoring those whom God has called to a variety of missions. To take them from “I never thought about missions”
to “I feel I’m called” to “I’m on my way.”

There are significant ways in which you can contribute to mobilizing:

  • Keep missions before your children or grandchildren as a way in which God may use them in their life’s work.
  • Keep an eye out for people that show potential for Kingdom work and let them know what you see in them.
  • Fund training for another person to further their preparation for mission. Or fund your own training to that end.
  • Be a “resource” in other ways—for example, by connecting candidates with career missionaries or others that can enrich their preparation and service.
  • Be a great listener as missions-focused people sort through their excitement and concerns about what they will undertake.

Allow God to use your efforts to reach that “great multitude” that one day will stand before the throne. Help bring an awareness of “His glory” in all the earth!

 

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