Our goal in missions at LPCC is to obey Christ's Great Commission.
"And Jesus…spoke to them, saying,...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
We embrace world missions, which is not only across the globe in other cultures, but across our streets in our own neighborhoods. Our four major goals, whether overseas or locally, are to:
1. CONNECT - by deepening our relationship with Christ.
By encouraging our people to be missionally involved, our goal is for:
(1) us to connect with Christ in such an intimate way that our hearts are ignited for God's
work in the world. "Then their eyes were opened and they recognized Him; and He
vanished from their sight. They said to one another, 'Were not our hearts burning within us
while He was speaking to us on the road..?'" Luke 24:31, 32.
(2) others to connect with Christ in such an intimate way that their hearts are ignited for
their own people. "For I wish that I myself were accursed, seperated from Christ for the
sake of my brethren, my kinsmen according to the flesh..." Romans 9:3
We believe that being involved in missions is an indispensable part of a person's relationship
2. GROW - by discipling through building sustainable relationships.
Through building long term, sustainable relationships, we want to disciple, equip and entrust
the Gospel into the hands of faithful men and women so that people grow in Christ and
multiply disciples in their own environments and people. "The things which you have heard
from me in the presence of many witnesses, entrust these to faithful men who will be able to
teach others also," 2 Timothy 2:2.
Then, by investing ourselves in those long-term relationships, we'll grow together in Christ as a
congregation through our:
(1) ongoing, shared experiences,
(2) dedicated prayer life for those we're in relationship with,
(3) praises to God as we witness His work in the lives of those we'll come to love.
3. SERVE - by presenting the Gospel in tangible ways to those we serve.
By evangelizing those in desperate need of salvation and by physically meeting the tremendous needs of people, we'll be living out the Gospel as we serve. In serving the lost:
(1) they'll hear the love of the Gospel - perhaps for the first time - spoken directly to and
for them. "How then will they call on Him in whom they have not believed" How will they
believe in Him whom they have not heard? And how will they hear withour a preacher?
(2) they'll see the love of the Gospel demonstrated in tangible ways as we serve to meet
their desperate needs. "Let your light shine before men in such a way that they may see
your good works, and glorify your Father who is in heaven." Matthew 5:16
(3) they'll know we're disciples of Jesus because of our love and service for one another.
"By this all men will know that you are My disciple, if you have love for one another."
4. GO - by obeying with our life commitment.
For believer's, missions is not an option, but our lifestyle. All believers in Christ are either to
"go" or "help others to go." With this mandate comes a great responsibility that we're all accountable to. "From everyone who has been given much, much will be required; and to whom they entrusted much, of him they will ask all the more." Luke 12:48
The reoccurring argument is made that "if we'd just simply send money rather than sending
people, more could be done to meet the need." But, there's error and danger in that thinking. The error is, that our primary objective isn't to "meet the need." Our primary objective is the Gospel objective..."to make disciples." The danger is, that churches will base their "success" in missions
by the work of their own hands.
We also believe that there's no other experience as life altering for us as the experience of "go."
That's because we physically move into the spiritual realm of Kingdom work; the realm where connecting, growing, and serving merge and the hand of God moves on our behalf...and we get to see it!
As we "go" our lives are transformed forever. That's exactly the experience God will use to raise
up this generations Jim Elliot's, William Carey's, Hudson Taylor's and George Mueller's that will
be part of preparing our world for the return of our Christ!