“The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand; repent and believe in the gospel” (Mark 1:15). That’s how Mark summarizes Jesus’ message at the very beginning of his ministry. As Christians, we become part of God’s kingdom when we surrender to Christ’s kingship, and Jesus then teaches us to pray to the Father, “Your kingdom come” (Matthew 6:10). But how are we involved, and how can we actually participate in God’s kingdom work right now?
The clearest invitation (and command) comes in a “great commission” that Jesus gives to his followers just before he ascends to heaven—“Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age” (Matthew 28:19–20). As a Christian, you long to obey Christ and his call to make disciples all around you. But Jesus’ command is that we also seek to make disciples of all nations, even going to other nations.
I want to invite you to consider how you might be involved in God’s kingdom work around the world through short-term missions next year. Our church has formed partnerships with missionaries that we pray for and support, and where we’re also seeking to send teams of people to encourage and work alongside these partners in gospel ministry. Coming up in 2020, we as a church hope to send out four short-term mission teams.
- Taiwan (April 2-11)
- Baltimore (April 3-9)
- Uganda (May)
- Slovenia (July 10-18)
Here’s how I invite you to be involved in these trips:
- Pray—Ask God to shape these teams, and that he would be at work in these individuals, as well as in these places right now.
- Give—Consider how you can give of time, resources, and energy to bless others who have gone or who are going to make Christ known.
- Go—Think about Christ’s command to go and which of these trips you might actually be able to go on! Share your desire to go with one of our pastors.
Our memory verse for Sunday, October 27 is Philippians 2:13. “For it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.” As God is now working in your heart, how will you seek to be involved in God’s kingdom work today (maybe down the street), and in the coming year (possibly even around the world)? Would you commit to praying, giving, and going for the glory of the King?