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Pursuing Global Outreach at GBC
"Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit,. teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28: 18-20
Applications for both short and long-term Global Outreach support
In light of the increased number of workers the Lord is raising up and sending out from our fellowship, we are not currently accepting or soliciting applications from individuals or organizations who:
- have not been involved in ministry at Grace
- are not related to individuals currently attending Grace
- have not been recommended by the leadership of GBC to pursue this step
Applicants/applications not meeting these criteria will not be considered for support. If you have further questions, please Contact Us. Before using the contact form, please be sure you have read our policy statement and the "Interested in Pursuing Global Outreach brochure . Thank you for your understanding in this matter.
Resources for Helping You Minister to Missionaries
The Romance of Missions
By: C.T. Studd
The “romance“ of a missionary is often made up of monotony and drudgery; there often is no glamour in it; it doesn’t stir a man’s spirit or blood. So don’t come out to be a missionary as an experiment, it is useless and dangerous. Only come if you feel you would rather die than not come. There are many trials and hardships. Disappointments are numerous and the time of learning the language is especially trying. Don’t come if you want to make a great name or want to live long. Come if you feel there is no greater honor, after living for Christ, than to die for Him. That does the trick in the end. It’s not the flash in the pan but the steady giving forth of light; it’s shining on and on that we need out here. Our job is to make all hear the Word. God’s job is to give penetration to His Word.The Great Commission
By: Pastor Dave Barnhart
The Great Commission is a partnership with God and other believers in reaching all the people groups on earth for Christ through evangelism and discipleship.
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.“ Matthew 28:18-20
The primary focus of this passage is on “The Mission“ of the Commission: discipleship. “Make disciples“ is the main verb. It is what we are to do. In fact, the passage assumes that you are a disciple. After all, you can not make something that you are not. So, our mission as a Church is “being and making disciples.“ What is a disciple? Simply put, a disciple is a learner. It is someone who is in the process of daily growing in the grace and knowledge of Jesus Christ. Discipleship is not just for the “other guy.“ It is for anyone who names the name of Christ.
When are we to accomplish this mission? The text simply says, “While you are going, make disciples.“ In other words, while you are going in life. That means whether you are at work, at play or at home. It means whether you are young, middle-aged or retiring. It means whether here or abroad, or somewhere in between. We are to be involved in the process of being and making disciples while on this earth!
The passage also tells us who we are to make disciples of: all nations! The word for nations here does not refer to a particular land mass with defined borders. It is the word ethnos and refers to races of people. Discipleship is to encompass the whole globe. It is not just the person down the street who looks and talks like me. It includes people from every tribe, tongue and people group on the face of the earth. Our mission as a church then is not just about being and making disciples while going about life in Bozeman. It is about making disciples every day of people everywhere on the face of the earth. Our motto should be: think and act globally.*
What is discipleship comprised of? Too many things to list on this page! But two specifics are given: teach and baptize. Or, to put it another way, instruction and identification. A disciple is someone who learns about Jesus and what He taught. A disciple is someone who teaches by his or her life and words what he or she has learned. Discipleship is also about identifying. A disciple is someone who identifies with Jesus Christ. How? Through baptism! Just as a wedding ring symbolizes the commitment a man and a woman have made to each other, baptism symbolizes the commitment a person has made to follow Jesus Christ. It is the outward expression of what has taken place in the person’s heart.
The Great Commission is a huge task. It can seem overwhelming; and left to ourselves, it would be. But, He has not left us alone. Note what Jesus says, “All authority . . . has been given to me . . . and I am with you always, to the very end of the age.“ First, all legitimate authority was given to Jesus and when He sends out His people to do His work, He is the power behind it. Someone might ask, “What right do you have to go to another country and convert them to Christianity?“ I have the authority of Jesus. He commands us to go and make disciples of every nation. This authority was granted to Him from the Father. As the Father sent Him, so He sends His disciples. We are, as Paul says in 2 Cor. 5:20, His ambassadors. So, we can go anywhere. Oh, we might get arrested or kicked out of a country, but we have a mandate from the King of Kings and Lord of Lords. Secondly, no matter where we are or where we go, He is with us by extension through the ministry of the Holy Spirit. Whether in the comfortable surroundings of our culture and family or in the steamy jungle of Papua New Guinea; He is with us in this endeavor. Whoever He sends, and wherever He sends them, He is with them to the end.
Are you being a disciple? If so, then you should be making disciples while you are going!
*Bozeman is on the globe so it is part of a global mind set!
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