www.globalpartnersonline.org Thailand: Dan and Pada Merillat
“We must either go out for the sake of His name…
…or we must send and support such people who do, and do so in a manner worthy of God.” These are the words of Tom Stellar who wrote the afterword in a book called “Let the Nations Be Glad.” That defines New Hope’s passion for the global cause of missions. The reason we exalt missions is because we exalt God and desire to make Him known. The central mission statement of this church is: “To fulfill the Great Commandment and the Great Commission.” Accomplishing the Great Commission (to make disciples of all nations) requires that we triumph the cause of missions and spread abroad the name of Jesus Christ, especially in regions and countries where His name is not treasured or in some cases unknown.
15% of every dollar contributed to the general fund…
…is dedicated to the support of missions. These missionaries, in large part, are people who are serving overseas, whose goal is to lift up the name of Jesus so that people can know Him and be saved. We believe that Scripture clearly teaches that for a person to be saved they must confess with their mouth that “Jesus is Lord” and believe in their heart that “God raised Jesus from the dead” (Rom. 10:9). We also believe that any person from any tribe , nation, or language that calls upon God’s name through His Son Jesus Christ will be saved. (Rom.10:13) The conviction form the necessary foundation for why we treasure missions. As it says in Romans 10:14-17: “14 How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? 15 And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written,” How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”… 17 Consequently, faith comes from hearing the message, and the message is heard through the word of Christ.” The questions in Romans 10 are rhetorical and the answers are obvious.
People cannot call on Jesus if they don’t believe in Him.
People cannot believe in Jesus if they have not heard of Him. People cannot hear of Jesus unless someone preaches to them. People cannot have faith in a message of Christ if indeed they have not heard the word of Christ. So, consequently, all who do not hear the message of the cross and respond with faith in Christ are still dead in their sins and in need of a Savior. This is why the call to missions is serious: it is a matter of life and death for millions around the world.
That is why missions play an essential role…
…for the local church. In his book, “Let the Nations Be Glad.” John Piper helps define why churches should be passionate about missions. In a chapter called ”The Supremacy of Christ as the Conscious Focus of All Saving Faith” he asks and answers three fundamental questions. Below are those questions which we, the pastoral staff of New Hope, have answered:
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