“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth” Acts 1:8
Quarterly Mission Emphasis
Oswald Smith once said, “Any church that is not seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission has forfeited its biblical right to exist.” Those sound like some pretty harsh words, huh?! Not in light of our Lord & Savior’s, Jesus, famous last words in Acts 1:8, spoken just before He ascended to the right hand of the Father. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in JERUSALEM and in all JUDEA and SAMARIA, and to THE END OF THE EARTH.”
Rightfully understanding that Jesus’ Great Commission is in no way simply a Great Suggestion, we at Crossway put a MASSIVE emphasis on missions, and we use Acts 1:8 as our model to accomplish what we do. During our yearly Calendar Planning meeting in December, we as a church, having prayed & sought the Lord’s will, select a ministry/mission for us to be involved in each quarter throughout the calendar year. We do so by taking one area from Acts 1:8 (Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, End of the Earth) as our focus for missions that quarter. For example, Jan-March (Jerusalem…Confidential Care for Women, a pregnancy crisis resource center for local women); April-June (Judea…Boys Ranch, a branch of the TN Baptist Children’s Home in Millington); July-Sept (Samaria…Shining Light Outreach Center, a food pantry in Charleston, MO); Oct-Dec (End of the Earth…international mission trip to Ecuador and/or Africa). During the quarter, opportunities are made available for EVERY member in our church to PRAY, GIVE & GO to these worthy ministries understanding that we maintain our biblical right to exist as a church only as we are seriously involved in helping fulfill the Great Commission!