"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:

  • July 27-August 2, 2015 The eyes of the LORD are toward the righteous and his ears toward their cry. The face of the LORD...

  • July 20-26, 2015 What man is there who desires life and loves many days, that he may see good? Keep your tongue...

  • July 13-19, 2015 Oh, fear the LORD, you his saints, for those who fear him have no lack! The young lions suffer...

  • July 6-12, 2015 This poor man cried, and the LORD heard him and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of...

  • June 29-July 5, 2015 I sought the LORD, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him...

  • June 22-28, 2015 I will bless the LORD at all times; his praise shall continually be in my mouth. My soul makes its...

  • June 15-21, 2015 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So...

  • June 8-14, 2015 Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever...

  • June 1-7, 2015 The fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous...

  • May 25-31, 2015 The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the LORD is sure, making wise...

  • May 18-24, 2015 You keep him in perfect peace whose mind is stayed on you, because he trusts in you. Trust in the...

  • May 11-17, 2015 Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly, teaching and admonishing one another in all wisdom,...

  • May 4-10, 2015 For the Lord will not cast off forever, but, though he cause grief, he will have compassion...

  • April 27-May 3, 2015 “The LORD is my portion,” says my soul, “therefore I will hope in him.” The LORD is good to those...

  • April 20-26, 2015 But this I call to mind, and therefore I have hope: The steadfast love of the LORD never ceases;...

  • April 13-19, 2015 Keep your life free from love of money, and be content with what you have, for he has said, “I...

  • April 6-12, 2015 The saying is trustworthy and deserving of full acceptance, that Christ Jesus came into the world...

  • March 30-April 5, 2015 God is not man, that he should lie, or a son of man, that he should change his mind. Has he said,...

  • March 23-29, 2015 But far be it from me to boast except in the cross of our Lord Jesus Christ, by which the world...

  • March 16-22, 2015 For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to...

  • March 9-15, 2015 Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or...

  • March 2-8, 2015 Who shall bring any charge against God’s elect? It is God who justifies. Who is to condemn? Christ Jesus...

  • February 23-March 1, 2015 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not...

  • February 16-22, 2015 For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order...

  • February 9-15, 2015 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are...

  • February 2-8, 2015 The LORD will keep you from all evil; he will keep your life. The LORD will keep your going out...

  • January 26-February 1, 2015 The LORD is your keeper; the LORD is your shade on your right hand. The sun shall not strike you...

  • January 19-25, 2015 He will not let your foot be moved; he who keeps you will not slumber. Behold, he who keeps Israel will...

  • January 12-18, 2015 I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the LORD, who...

  • January 5-11, 2015 “Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the...

  • December 29-January 4, 2015 Daniel answered and said: “Blessed be the name of God forever and ever, to whom belong wisdom and...

  • 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...