Question? What is your view on Missions?
I believe that missions are very important and we SHOULD support them as our church FIANCIALLY can afford it.
The Bible DECLARES in Mark 16:15
(Mark 16:15) And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.
The ONLY problem that I see with churches that EMPHASIS in given to missions is this, They will give a ton of money to support a missionary (which is not wrong) in a foreign country but forget the home front.
The LOCAL church should come first, BECAUSE if there is NO PEOPLE or money to support the church there will br NO missions or missionaries supported.
I believe the following simple chart will help put ALL THINGS concerning in getting the Gospel to the world into perspective and order.
(Acts 1:8) But ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.
1. Jerusalem = Your Home Town
2. Judea = Your State
3. Samaria = Your Country
4. Uttermost Part = The World
The Lord wants us to go out and share the Gospel to everyone but he also has a list of proper order of importance in how we go about reaching the lost for Him, In Summary OUR FOCUS and IMPACT should first start at HOME then OUR EFFORTS should branch out from there to the rest of the world.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH