"Declare his glory among the nations,
his marvelous works among all the peoples!
For great is the LORD, and greatly to be praised;
he is to be feared above all gods." Psalm 96:3-4

"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."
- John Piper, from Let the Nations Be Glad!

bozo1When we hear the word 'missions,' it seems we generally visualize an individual taking the gospel message to a distant land. Or perhaps we think of some remote people group that has been isolated from the rest of the world. Why is it that the unreached nations and the missionaries who live amongst them seem to always be the initial focus?

We believe it is crucial for one to understand that God is a mission-minded God. Missions exists for the sole purpose of declaring the glory of Christ amongst the unreached peoples of the earth. God places above all things the glory of His name, and He cries out to the nations to leave their wicked ways and bring Him the worship due His name. The absence of God-centered worship amongst the unreached peoples is the foundation of our mission ministry.

It is because God is a mission-minded God that we joyfully strive to proclaim the riches of His glory to the nations. Our desire is to express a passion for the pleasure of God's presence amongst these unreached peoples of the world. God has ordained for this to happen through the declaration of His Word. "But how are they to call on him nd1in 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? 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!" (Romans 10:14-15).

It is our desire to be actively involved in taking the gospel message to the ends of the earth. We believe that as the truth of Scripture is declared, the Holy Spirit is faithful in drawing people to Christ. We hold dear to the promise recorded by the Apostle John: "After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!" (Revelation 7:9-10). nd2
We believe the promise of that heavenly reality was purchased on the cross, and God is raising up His Church to take the message of this precious promise to the ends of the earth. May our prayers affirm the words of the eighteenth-century missionary, David Brainerd, who cried out "that the kingdom of the dear Savior might come with power, and the healing waters of the sanctuary spread far and wide for the healing of the nations."

This Week's Fighter Verse:

  • December 22-28, 2014 Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet...

  • December 15-21, 2014 Therefore, my beloved brothers, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord,...

  • December 8-14, 2014 Take care, brothers, lest there be in any of you an evil, unbelieving heart, leading you to fall...

  • December 1-7, 2014 Whoever is slow to anger is better than the mighty, and he who rules his spirit than he who takes...

  • November 24-30, 2014 I was pushed hard, so that I was falling, but the LORD helped me. LORD is my strength and my song; he...

  • November 17-23, 2014 “If you abide in me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for...

  • November 10-16, 2014 In the way of your testimonies I delight as much as in all riches. I will meditate on your...

  • November 3-9, 2014 Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw near to God, and...

  • October 27-November 2, 2014 Unless the LORD builds the house, those who build it labor in vain. Unless the LORD watches over...

  • October 20-26, 2014 Cast your burden on the LORD, and he will sustain you; he will never permit the righteous to be...

  • October 13-19, 2014 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which...

  • October 6-12, 2014 Now I would remind you, brothers, of the gospel I preached to you, which you received, in which...

  • September 29-October 5, 2014 For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord....

  • September 22-28, 2014 Thus says the LORD: “Let not the wise man boast in his wisdom, let not the mighty man boast in his...

  • September 15-21, 2014 For lack of wood the fire goes out, and where there is no whisperer, quarreling ceases. (Proverbs...

  • September 8-14, 2014 Do not fear what you are about to suffer. Behold, the devil is about to throw some of you into...

  • September 1-7, 2014 But be doers of the word, and not hearers only, deceiving yourselves. For if anyone is a hearer of...

  • August 25-31, 2014 I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the LORD in the land of the living! Wait for the...

  • August 18-24, 2014 One thing have I asked of the LORD, that will I seek after: that I may dwell in the house of the...

  • August 11-17, 2014 The LORD is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The LORD is the stronghold of my life;...

  • August 4-10, 2014 Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of lights with...

  • July 28-August 3, 2014 The LORD is a stronghold for the oppressed, a stronghold in times of trouble. And those who know...

  • July 21-27, 2014 Then the LORD said to me, “You have seen well, for I am watching over my word to perform it.”...

  • July 14-20, 2014 He is the radiance of the glory of God and the exact imprint of his nature, and he upholds the...

  • July 7-13, 2014 Long ago, at many times and in many ways, God spoke to our fathers by the prophets, but in these...

  • June 30-July 6, 2014 Whoever covers an offense seeks love, but he who repeats a matter separates close friends. A...

  • June 23-29, 2014 Search me, O God, and know my heart! Try me and know my thoughts! And see if there be any grievous way in...

  • June 16-22, 2014 How precious to me are your thoughts, O God! How vast is the sum of them! If I would count them,...

  • June 9-15, 2014 My frame was not hidden from you, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the...

  • June 2-8, 2014 For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I...

  • May 26-June 1, 2014 If I say, “Surely the darkness shall cover me, and the light about me be night,” even the darkness is not...

  • May 19-25, 2014 If I take the wings of the morning and dwell in the uttermost parts of the sea, even there your...

  • May 12-18, 2014 Such knowledge is too wonderful for me; it is high; I cannot attain it. Where shall I go from your...

  • May 5-11, 2014 Even before a word is on my tongue, behold, O LORD, you know it altogether. You hem me in, behind...

  • April 28-May 4, 2014 O LORD, you have searched me and known me! You know when I sit down and when I rise up; you...

  • April 21-27, 2014 Since, therefore, we have now been justified by his blood, much more shall we be saved by him from the...

  • April 14-20, 2014 …but God shows his love for us in that while we were still sinners, Christ died for us (Romans 5:8...

  • April 7-13, 2014 For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of...

  • March 31-April 6, 2014 …and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that...

  • March 24-30, 2014 But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were...

  • March 17-23, 2014 And you were dead in the trespasses and sins in which you once walked, following the course of...

  • March 10-16, 2014 Enter his gates with thanksgiving, and his courts with praise! Give thanks to him; bless his name! For...

  • March 3-9, 2014 Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his...

  • February 24-March 2, 2014 But Peter and the apostles answered, “We must obey God rather than men.” (Acts 5:29 ESV, 4:09)

  • February 17-23, 2014 “My sheep hear my voice, and I know them, and they follow me. I give them eternal life, and they...

  • February 10-16, 2014 My son, do not despise the LORD’s discipline or be weary of his reproof, for the LORD reproves him...

  • February 3-9, 2014 Honor the LORD with your wealth and with the firstfruits of all your produce; then your barns will be...

  • January 27-February 2, 2014 …give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. Do not...

  • January 20-26, 2014 And we urge you, brothers, admonish the idle, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be...

  • Jan 13-19, 2014 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except...

  • Jan 6-12, 2014 “But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob, he who formed you, O Israel: “Fear not,...

  • Dec 30-Jan 5, 2014 “Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will...