Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19,20
It has often been said that the main functions of a legitimate New Testament Church are to:
Evangelize the sinner
Edify the saint
Glorify the Saviour
Or if you prefer, a wise person once said, the church has two tasks: win the world to Christ, then deal with all the problems created by the first task.
Either way you look at it, it sounds like a church should have missions of the heart and soul. It’s sort of like a medical condition or disease, if you will. Well, I’ve been examining the patient, and it looks like Treasure Valley Baptist Church might just be stricken with this condition. At least, I hope so!
For example, only recently in September, God graciously gave a harvest of nearly twenty precious souls when Evangelist Dennis Corle preached a special Salvation Sunday. Brother Corle is no doubt a great evangelist, with a tremendous prayer burden for souls. However, no evangelist brings a revival in his suitcase. The greatest effort came from faithful members of Treasure Valley Baptist Church who prayed, invited, and worked to help bring others to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.
Additionally, there is rarely a week around our Church that we don’t hear multiple testimonies of souls saved both in and out of the many various ministries that our members are involved in. It looks like a possible case of missions of the heart and soul at Treasure Valley Baptist Church.
What about the burden of foreign missions at Treasure Valley Baptist Church? Glad you asked. God just keeps on doing miracles around here. Through Faith Promise Missions giving, God not only allowed us to give over $600,000 this year ($575,000 was pledged), but our church has eclipsed the 10 million dollar mark in total missions giving since 1986, when we started this journey of Faith Promise missions giving. Monthly, we are currently supporting 114 missionaries to home and foreign fields. Many of these missionaries were home-grown (trained here at Treasure Valley Baptist Church, with most being graduates of our church Bible Institute). Hmm. . . the condition might be malignant. I sure hope so!
While looking through an old (1898) copy of the Baptist Missionary magazine, I came across a quotation that seemed appropriate to the occasion. The author was making a remark about the seal they had borrowed from the Moravians and said:
It is a noble device of the Moravian Missionary Society, the ox between the plough and the altar, with the motto inscribed below, ready for either, ready for the plough if the Husbandman calls to break up the fallow ground, or ready for the altar if the High Priest calls for sacrifice. Yes, ready for either. Whatever be that to which the Master calls us. He will give strength according to our day.
I would like this seal and motto to be an encouragement to our church as we anticipate our upcoming missions conference.
This year’s missions conference will begin on Wednesday, October 28th, and continue through Sunday, November 1st.
Our speakers this year will be:
Ed Butler - Philippines
Jeff Demarest - South Africa
Mark Dunlop - Mozambique
Anthony Rudolph - Lima Ohio (Anchored Hope Baptist Church)
Jason Russell - Papua, New Guinea
Don Sisk - Baptist International Missions
Chad Wells - Papua, New Guinea
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen Matthew 28:19,20
Sound redundant? Not at all, since it is the Great Commission given by our Lord Jesus Christ Himself to His church. It is fulfilling the very purpose of a legitimate New Testament church.
Let’s do our best to make sure the condition is incurable.