Missions Matter Revival: Making an eternal impact on Siler City

Missions - it’s a topic well known throughout the church. We preach about it, study it, sing of it, and give to it.  We often hear preachers exclaim, “Go! Do! Tell!” The congregation leaves inspired by the message, while internally confused about how to do so. In truth, there is not one way to do missions. God does give not us a Xerox copier machine with steps to follow so that when we are finished we have done missions. 

 Missions are at the heartbeat of the Bible and the focus of God.  In Genesis 3:17 (why we do missions), God promises a Savior which would come to assail sin’s damages and bring peace “between your seed and her Seed.” As sin entered the world, even at man’s darkest of times, God’s mercy prevailed. Christ, the Savior, will be the one to defeat the devil for all eternity. 

 God looks for willing messengers to share His message of hope. Isaiah 6:8 says, “Whom shall I send, and who will go for Us?”  All of the Old Testament searches for One who would come to remedy this sin problem. No one was found. Then came Jesus.

 Jesus ushered in a new way for salvation - God’s Way. In John 14:6, Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” At the conclusion of His ministry on earth, He gave us our ultimate evangelistic thrust:  the Great Commission found in Matthew 28:19-20. Jesus proclaimed, “Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you, and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” The Gospel is here. Good news has arrived; we must share it with a waiting world.  

 We were created for ministry. In Ephesians 2:10, Paul writes that Believers must walk in the ways and truth He taught in order for us to impact peoples’ lives for the Gospel. If we are truly “not ashamed” (Romans 1:16) of the Gospel, we must commit to sharing it in creative ways and get out of our comfort zones to intentionally share Christ with our friends.

 On March 3-6, OBC will begin our “Missions Matter” Revival. On the morning of March 3rd, I will preach a message to call the church to a better understanding of the Great Commission.  During the evening service, Chance Walters will preach referencing his recent mission trips and the impact the Gospel is having on foreign soil. 

 March 4th will begin our practical missions emphasis. At different times (check the bulletin or the website), we will be ministering outside of the church’s walls. On Monday, you can worship with residents at Village Lake Inn or work at the Ebenezer Christian Children’s Homes Thrift Store. A third choice is to write letters to North American Missionaries at church.

 On March 5th we will be leading the worship service with residents at Genesis Healthcare and serve Siler City Elementary School with practical volunteer work. Finally, others will be back at the church, once again, writing cards and letters to missionaries.   Finally, you can also individually prayer walk around Walmart both Monday and Tuesday.  Prayer prompt sheets are provided.   

 We will conclude our Missions Matter Revival on Wednesday, March 6, with a testimony from Phyllis Foy, a recent missionary from the North American Mission Board.  This will follow the Chili Cook-Off and serve as our North American Missions Study for the Annie Armstrong Easter Offering.

 Together, we can make an eternal impact on Siler City. This may just be the revival which transforms our community for Christ. But first, for missions to be foremost in our church, it must be foremost in our own lives. Come, revival, come. Let it begin with me!

Dr. Jeff Johnson