Missions at TRCC
Genesis 12:1-3 / Psalm 67 / Luke 24:44-49 / Matthew 28:16-20
The grand story of the Bible, the meta-narrative of the Gospel, can be summed up in four categories: 1. Creation 2. Fall 3. Redemption 4. Consummation
In the creation, the Triune God creates all things and man in his image. (Colossians 1:15-160; Genesis 1-2)
In the fall, the image bearers of God rebel, led by Satan and his hosts who have rebelled against the Triune God. Adam and Eve were set at odds with the Triune God and they began to die. Fear, shame and broken law now ruled their existence. All of mankind was set against his creator and put at war with him and fell under the Lord’s sentence of hell. (Genesis 3)
In the Redemption, which spans from Genesis 3 through Revelation 20, we learn of the missionary God who preaches the first Gospel (proto euangeleon), elects in grace those who will be objects of his affection to reveal himself to in order to save and send with the message (Noah, Abraham, Moses, David, etc.), brings judgment and salvation in one act (flood), populates the earth, scatters the population of the earth in their falleness to do what he mandated be done in filling the earth (Babel, they sought to make a name for themselves and gathered in the plain to do so and not scatter and populate the earth), chooses Abraham to bear the Good News to all the nations he has scattered, sends Moses to lead his people from slavery to his land in a Gospel act called the Exodus and gives them the standard of his holiness and continually saves them in spite of their sin, gives them a king who will rule them as a prophet, priest and king in preparation for the King of Kings and finally, the King of Kings himself, creator, master, the one at Abraham’s tent, the one who was merciful to Lot, the one who called Abraham and sent him and recused Isaac from his blade, the one who passed through Egypt and took the firstborn who were his in the first place, the one who parted the Red Sea, the one who appeared to Moses in a flame of fire in the bush, the one who took David by the hand and made him King, the one Isaiah saw sitting on a throne lofty and exalted, the one walking in the fire with Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego, the one who kept the lion’s mouths closed while in the pit with Daniel takes on the ultimate missionary task and takes on flesh (a sinful human nature) while still being all God, and eats our food and speaks our language and deals with the temptations of our flesh and he does so without even a hint of sin, and he goes to the cross and dies in our place for our sin and rises to fully secure justification for all who will repent and believe and he promises that when this message has been preached to all people groups he will come again.
In the consummation, the Good News speeds on and penetrates all the peoples and people from all people groups (tribes) believe and Jesus, the great missionary Son of God, returns to reign visibly forever on his new earth. Jesus will crush his enemies. Jesus will gather his elect from all tribes. Jesus will reward his people. Jesus will cast all who have not believed into hell. Jesus will bring in his new earth and heaven while doing this work of reward and judgment (Revelation). Jesus will bring us near to Father and we will see him face to face forever and fulfill created purpose on his earth in his Kingdom without sin forever!
1. Genesis 12:1-3
Blessed – Included in the family of God
Secondarily, blessed means to have the supplies of the Tri-une God to do the mission of the Tri-une God.
So that you will be a blessing – Include people from all tribes / families in the family of God
2. Psalm 67
“God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine on us,
…that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations.”
3. Luke 24:44-49
Summary of the Old Testament by Jesus:
Law, Prophets and Psalms – Repentance and forgiveness of sins should be preached in Jesus’ name to all nations.
4. Matthew 28:16-20
Make disciples (the main verb of the sentence)
All nations (ethne’ – ethno linguistic distinct groups of people)
16,788 People Groups
6,955 Unreached People Groups
5,891 UPG’s in the 10/40 Window
Baptizing – Tribal re-identification
Teaching – Discipleship
Focused: Unreached People Groups
Three Rivers’ passion, for God’s glory, is to answer the challenge to take the magnificent news of Jesus Christ to unreached people groups (UPGs), even in the face of risk. We, as the Apostle Paul wrote, “aspire to preach the gospel, not where Christ was already named…” (Rom. 15:20) We call this frontier missions – going where the church is not established.
Strategic: Church Planting Movements
It has been said that the most effective form of evangelism is through church planting.
Our goal, for God’s glory, is to establish indigenous, self-sustaining, reproducible, church-planting churches full of radical followers of Jesus who are committed to engaging the culture by meeting both physical and spiritual needs for the purpose of advancing the Kingdom of God by adopting, developing, and implementing strategies believed to effectively launch Church Planting Movements (CPMs).
Dynamic: Going and Sending
God’s mandate throughout Scripture gives every believer the opportunity and the responsibility to carry the good news of Jesus as the Savior to every people group on the face of the earth. This certainly does not mean that we think everyone is called to work overseas as a cross-cultural missionary. Some are specifically called by God to stay, be salt and light in their own culture, and join others in sending those who are called to be frontier missionaries. Both jobs are crucial and equally important. For God’s glory, we will endeavor to encourage and prepare people for the task – whether it’s with the neighbor across the street or halfway around the world.
Long-Term: Committed to Seeing the Work Through
Many of the churches’ methods today toward cross-cultural mission work are “shotgun” approaches – short term trips to a random country each year with no specific long-term strategy or goal in mind. For God’s glory, we will, instead, commit to a strategy that focuses long-term on a specific UPG until a Church Planting Movement is launched and a self-sustaining, viable, indigenous church is established.
Synergistic: Strategic Partnerships
Synergy is defined as the working together of two or more things, people, or organizations, especially when the result is greater than the sum of their individual effects or capabilities.
With this approach, for God’s glory, we will pursue strategic partnerships with like-minded churches and organizations, and by using the life of Jesus as our example, we will seek to transform lives and holistically meet needs – both physical and spiritual.