WHY MISSIONS?

The APCH Missions Committee has a mandate from the Council for “Gospel-driven” missions endeavors.  Traditionally, the key NT passage upon which missions is based is Matt. 28:19-20a, where Jesus commanded his disciples: “Having gone out, make disciples of all nations [by] baptizing and teaching them everything that I have commanded you [all to do].”  In Mark 16:15, however, Jesus uses an imperative verb for “proclaim” and told His disciples: “Having gone out into all the world, “announce!” (kerusso) the “Good News [euangelion; cf. evangelism].”  Missions at APCH exists to carry out Jesus’ mandates to spread the Gospel and strengthen believers wherever it can around the world.

KEY NEW TESTAMENT PASSAGES

“Missions” is not an explicit but an implicit term in the New Testament. Historically in the Church, it has primarily focused on spreading the Good News (Gospel) that was proclaimed by Jesus the Messiah. The English word “mission” comes from the Latin translation of the NT Greek word “to send” (apostello; used later for those whom Jesus choose, and whom they appointed, as ambassadors for taking the Good News throughout Judea and then to other lands; i.e. the Apostles; cf. Acts 1:8). In Mark 3:14 Jesus “sent out” (apostello) his twelve disciples to “announce [the Good News]” (kerusso). But in modern times, this connection is no longer intended. “Missions” is used generally and usually in Western churches to speak of cross-cultural proclamation of the forgiveness of sins by God’s grace through faith in Jesus as God’s Son and God in human form. APCH missions exists for this biblical reason. Social ministry, like helping the poor and sick, is specifically not missions, by this definition, but it can be one of many different kinds of strategies or methods employed as a platform for Gospel witness. In Luke 9:2 Jesus “sent out” (apostello) his disciples to “announce” (kerusso) God’s Kingdom and heal the sick. Jesus quoted from Isa. 61:1 for himself as one “anointed” (echrisen; cf. Christ) to “give good news” (euangelizo) to the poor (Luke 4:18).

MISSIONS AT APCH

The APCH Missions Committee has a mandate from the Council for “Gospel-driven” missions endeavors. A ministry that is primarily or only focused on meeting social or catastrophic needs (which certainly any church should have), technically falls under Benevolence and not Missions. Traditionally, the key NT passage upon which missions is based is Matt. 28:19-20a, where Jesus commanded his disciples: “Having gone out, make disciples of all nations [by] baptizing and teaching them everything that I have commanded you [all to do].” The only imperative verb is “to disciple” (matheteuo). In Mark 16:15, however, Jesus uses an imperative verb for “proclaim” and told His disciples: “Having gone out into all the world, “announce!” (kerusso) the “Good News [euangelion; cf. evangelism].” In these texts “go” is never a command. APCH has a missions program, budget, and committee in order to facilitate (per Matt. 28:19-20 and other passages) Christian discipleship around the world. This assumes local-cultural and cross-cultural (home or foreign) missions ministries and conversions (going and baptizing) upon which churches can be established in communities and believers can be trained and educated (discipling) for mature Christian lives and service. Missions at APCH exists to carry out Jesus’ mandates to spread the Gospel and strengthen believers wherever it can around the world.

THREE WAYS TO BE INVOLVED: GIVE, PRAY, AND GO

HOW TO GIVE
HOW TO PRAY
HOW TO GO
*financially:

cheerfully, regularly, and sacrificially

 

*methods: designated offerings or through online banking

*for each APCH supported missionary or mission project:

-for needed resources and

finances

-for health and strength

-for good relationships

between team members

-for boldness and courage

-for wisdom

-for freedom to witness

*by attending the APCH missions potluck and prayer meetings

 

*by joining one of the short-term missions projects

 

*by visiting and volunteering at a supported APCH project locally or globally

2 Cor 9:7 Each man should give what he has decided in his heart to give, not reluctantly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. 2 Thess 3:1   Finally, brothers, pray for us that the message of the Lord may spread rapidly and be honored, just as it was with you.  2 And pray that we may be delivered from wicked and evil men, for not everyone has faith. Matt 28:19 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,