All throughout the Bible the pattern that is commanded and modeled is to go to the lost and not expect the lost to come to us. There is nothing wrong with the lost coming to us…it’s not wrong, but rather incomplete.
Mark 16:15 “He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.”
Luke 19:10 “For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost."
Matthew 10:5 “These twelve Jesus sent out after instructing them.”
Jesus was in the home of tax collectors and people known for their sins.
Paul and the leaders of the early church went to where the lost people were.
The vision is that we would be a church:
- That would complement all our amazing ministries that are reaching people by getting them to come to our church, with ministry efforts where we go to them.
- Where we can think of as many things God is doing through our church off our campus, as on our campus.
- Where the primary way the lost would come to us is that our believers first went to them.
- Where every church member could easily name people they are investing in for the purpose of sharing Christ with.
- Where it’s a normal part of a family’s annual calendar to plan to serve in some kind of mission trip or local missions effort.
- Where people in our community think of the most generous and loving people, they think of followers of Jesus because of the experience they have had with First Baptist loving them.
- Where every believer has been trained in how to share their faith and how to look for opportunities to engage with lost people around them.
- Where more people are led to Christ by our church members than by our church ministers.
- Where we value how many people are being “sent” from our church as much as how many people are being seated in our church.