You never test the resources of God until you attempt the impossible. — F.B. Meyer
What values will guide our work in missions?
Whether we recognize them or not, each of us has values that guide us, shape us, and help us make decisions. We want to be principle and purpose-driven, and therefore we have determined that the following values will drive and shape our work in missions at TPC.
Faithful to spreading the good news of Jesus Christ so that all peoples come to know Him as Savior and follow Him as Lord in the fellowship of His church.
- And this is eternal life, that they know you the only true God and Jesus Christ whom you have sent. John 17:3
- “Faithful to the spreading” — God does not call us to be successful, only faithful.
- “Good news of Jesus Christ” — We are called to spread the message about a person.
- “Know Him” — The essence of salvation is knowing, personally, the risen Christ.
Attempt great things for God in response to His leading and taking risk by faith in Him for the sake of His kingdom.
- But I do not account my life of any value nor as precious to myself; if only I may finish my course and the ministry that I received from the Lord Jesus, to testify to the gospel of the grace of God. Acts 20:24
- “Attempt great things” — We believe that God will do great things through us and we do not want to be limited by fear, small mindedness, or tamed goals.
- “In response to His leading” — God has a unique calling in missions for Trinity Presbyterian Church, and we want to be sensitive to the leading of the Holy Spirit to do what God is calling us to do.
Involving the whole of congregational life in the work of the Great Commission as an equipping and sending church.
- “… to equip the saints for the work of the ministry, for building up the body of Christ …” Ephesians 4:12
- “Whole of congregational life” — Missions is the work of the whole church and we want to see missions permeating every ministry of the church.
- “Equipping and sending” — We want this to be the identity of the church, part of its DNA.
Directing our efforts intentionally for greatest impact and congregational fit.
- The plans of the diligent lead surely to abundance, but everyone who is hasty comes only to poverty. Proverbs 21:5
- “Intentionally” — We do not want to be reactive, but proactive, seeking ministries and missions that fit our church.
- “Impact and congregational fit” — We want ministries and missions that have high impact (making good use of the resources) and that resonate with the heart of our people.
Collaborating with and through like-minded ministries to fulfill the Great Commission.
- “… because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now.” Philippians 1:5
- “Collaborating” — We do not want to re-invent the wheel but to cooperate with ministries and mission that are already doing work.
- “Like-minded” — Finding ministries and missions with basic, fundamental agreement on major issues while allowing for disagreement on minor issues.