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As you look at Jesus and His disciples, they had a missional lifestyle that they lived out daily. This lifestyle was inseparable from being a follower of Christ. Jesus commands us to serve others and it is through these acts of love that people are able to see Christ within us.
"Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations..." Matthew 28:19
This text in its most literal translation reads, "As you are going, make disciples of all people groups..." This command should be practiced throughout the daily life of every believer. A missional lifestyle is a way of life in which Christ followers consistently and unconditionally serve others.
As Christians, we are commanded to show the love of Christ both in word and deed. As we make a habit of proclaiming the Gospel and caring for those in need, we learn what it means to be an ambassador of Christ. We imitate Christ through intentional acts of service whether we are in St. Louis or on the other side of the world.
"Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved... And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?" Romans 10:13-14
Jesus gave us the Great Commission 2,000 years ago. The Church has made great progress thus far, but the task is still unfinished. The progress of world evangelism is essential to our strategy. Since much of the world has not heard the good news of the Gospel, we want to go to the least reached peoples and the most needy areas of the world. God’s plan is not for a whole nation to come to Christ, but to gather worshippers from every ethnic/people group.
There are currently 196 countries with 6.9 billion people living in the world. Of that number, about 10% are Bible believing Christians, 40% have never heard the Gospel of Jesus Christ, and 15% have no believers, churches, or access to the Gospel. The 6,500+ groups with no access to the Gospel are called Unreached People Groups (UPG’s).
God loves all of His creation equally and desires that all would be saved. We see it as our responsibility to use God’s resources among these Unreached People Groups to help fulfill the Great Commission.
People have the opportunity to respond to the Gospel after hearing it, but the local church must send missionaries to tell those that have not heard in order for them to respond. This includes both our neighbors and UPG’s around the world. The difference is that our neighbors have access to the Gospel via the Bible, books, churches, television, and Christian friends. We will use our time, money, and resources to reach out to our neighbors around St. Louis, the United States, and the world.
"God... wants all men to be saved and to come to a knowledge of the truth." 1 Timothy 2:3-4