AFTER HIS RESURRECTION, Jesus commanded His disciples to go into the whole world and preach the Gospel, making disciples of all nations, baptizing and teaching them. Just before He ascended into heaven, Jesus told His followers they would receive power from on high to be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria and the ends of the earth.

Ten years later God gave the apostle Peter a vision to do something unthinkable for a kosher Jew: take the Message to a Roman Centurion. The Gospel had finally reached the Gentiles. Four more years passed and the apostle Paul took the Message beyond the borders of Judea, and the rest is history. Yet as Paul preached to the Mediterranean world, other apostles lingered in Jerusalem, a place where Jesus didn’t intend them to stay…

CONCERNING MISSIONS, the Lord Jesus didn’t tell His followers to invite people to church—He told them to go. He didn’t send His Spirit powerfully upon His people to feel good about their church, He told them to go—and He hasn’t rescinded His command. Whether it’s our neighbor or a native on the other side of the world, people need Jesus. Near or far, we—His church—are charged to take the Gospel to the lost and needy of the world and to encourage missionaries serving in field.

WE GO OUT to the Georgetown Divide because we have neighbors who need to know the goodness of Jesus through the lives of His people. This is our Jerusalem.

WE GO OUT to surrounding towns, cities and regions to encourage the church, preach the Gospel, teach the Bible and bless others. This is our Judea and Samaria.

WE GO OUT to the ends of the earth because most of the world’s people have never heard of Jesus or the Salvation that we know so well. Even more, many brothers and sisters labor hard in the remote fields of the world, desperate for encouragement, fellowship and resources.

WE GO OUT because Jesus commanded us to go. We are missions.

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!” —Romans 10:14-15

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