THE MISSION OF THE CHURCH AT TRACE CROSSING
Matthew 28:18-20 makes the mission of the Church abundantly clear. The Great Commission compels us and commands us to “make disciples” of everyone everywhere.
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
One of the driving passions behind our faith family is the desire to be a church that is globally active, locally active, and personally active in making disciples. As a church, we know that it is our responsibility as Christians to take the good news of Christ to our neighbors and to the nations. As a church in the United States, we know that is our incredible opportunity to use the resources God has blessed us with to spread a passion for God as far and wide as possible. That's why we seek to be involved in God's Mission of redeeming mankind: Globally, Locally, Personally.
The Great Commission gives us three clear responsibilities:
We are Personally Responsible for this Mission
The Great Commission is an individual command, not an institutional command. Christ never intended the outsourcing of our missional responsibilities to a church staff or to a missions organization. He intended that all of us be actively engaged in this disciple-making process. We cannot say that we fulfill the Great Commission because we contribute financially to an organization that fulfills the Great Commission. We must be actively engaged ourselves.
We are Locally Responsible for this Mission
In Acts 1:8 Jesus instructed his disciples to be his witnesses “in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” If we are going to take seriously the command to make disciples, it must begin within our local context. We must share Christ’s love and show Christ love to our neighbors. Every relationship we have from family members to friendships to co-workers must become an opportunity to spread the gospel.
We are Globally Responsible for this Mission
The final piece of this three-part responsibility is a particularly unique passion of Trace Crossing. It is our earnest desire to be a faith family that takes the gospel to the ends of the earth. In 2007, we have seen a desire in our church to just go somewhere. We focus right now primarily on Honduras and Ukraine because of longstanding relationships with people there. In 2008, we journeyed to Honduras twice, to Ukraine and to Houston, Texas. In 2009 and beyond, we hope to expand that heart from going somewhere (Ukraine, Honduras) to going anywhere (Sudan, China, etc.). We believe that the Church in the United States is uniquely positioned both historically and financially to facilitate this expansion faster than any other church body in two thousand years. We must make the best use of our time and resources to see that we seize that opportunity.