Thursday, June 29, 2017

Missions


One of the best biblical texts on New Testament missions is found in the Old Testament! Psalm 67 says…

1God be merciful unto us, and bless us; and cause his face to shine upon us; Selah.That thy way may be known upon earth, thy saving health among all nations.Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.O let the nations be glad and sing for joy: for thou shalt judge the people righteously, and govern the nations upon earth. Selah.Let the people praise thee, O God; let all the people praise thee.Then shall the earth yield her increase; and God, even our own God, shall bless us.God shall bless us; and all the ends of the earth shall fear him.

Did you notice that the whole point of God blessing us is so that others might be blessed through us? The Psalmist asks for God’s mercy and blessing, so that God’s way may be known on the earth; His saving power among all nations. God blesses His people so that the nations – people groups – will be blessed. This blessing is not solely or even primarily a material blessing. It is the blessing of the Gospel – “That thy way may be known…thy saving health among all nations.”

Obviously, this Psalm was originally written for the nation of Israel, but it has a practical application to the Lord’s churches. The local church is the God ordained vehicle for spreading the Gospel to the nations – people groups – and for planting churches among them. The institution of the church has been commissioned and empowered to joyfully achieve this task. Rodgers Baptist Church has a deep and Biblical conviction for how that task is to be accomplished. We follow a pattern of local church sponsored, sent, and serviced missionaries. We follow that pattern because we believe it is in accordance with the Biblical method of mission work.

God has promised to bless those who proclaim His glory to all people. That is a truth long understood and practiced by the Rodgers Baptist Church. Praise God for a history of commitment to world-wide missions. We pray that God keeps us, by His grace, committed to making the nations glad by proclaiming His saving health to them. We also understand that as our modern world shrinks, the “nations” actually live in our neighborhoods. We must go to them; around the world and across the street!

Rodgers Baptist Church Missions Statement

Rodgers Baptist Church is an independent Baptist church with Jesus Christ as its Head, the Word of God as its text book, and the Holy Spirit of God as its administrator. As an independent Baptist church, we see no need to belong to or participate in any convention, board, clearing house, or fellowship. We only endorse those missionaries who are sponsored, serviced, supported, and sent by a local independent Baptist church. 

In addition to the men who are members of the Rodgers Baptist Church, sent out to do the work to which God has called them, we presently support over 5o missionary efforts of like-minded Baptist churches from around the country. We are thrilled to partner in these missionary endeavors for the glory of God and the sake of the Gospel!

Click here to see our sponsored missionaries.

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