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In our Worship Service last Sunday we were encouraged to become engaged in Christ’s great commission; to go, to support, and to pray for the nations to be evangelized.  There remain hundreds of unreached and unengaged people groups (nations) in the world.  We all can pray.

Please pray daily for unreached peoples.  You can find a list of the remaining unreached people groups online at: https://joshuaproject.net/unreached/1. To receive an email describing an unreached people group daily, such as the one partially copied below, please contact the Joshua Project at: https://joshuaproject.net/pray/unreachedoftheday

 

Weekly Missions Message

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 Missions Message

In Matthew 28, Jesus final words to his disciples are, 

“All authority in heaven and on earth have been given to me.  Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you.  And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” 

And in Matthew 24:14 He tells them,

And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” 

Some of us may becalled to go to the nations as missionaries.  Some of us are called to be senders, who support and pray for those who go.  We can all pray, and we urge you to pray for the unreached people groups of the world. Our hope is that these prayers will be answered, and that each one of us will grow in our own hearts a strong desire for lost people to hear the gospel and come to Christ.

Here are a few suggestions.

 Pray for an unreached people group daily. You can find listing of unreached people groups here: https://joshuaproject.net/unreached/1.  
 Pray for the entire world over a year using the guidance at operationworld.org.
 Read through the bible in a year. There are reading plans available on YouVersion.
 Sacrifice your money for a specific purpose. Select a Covenant Presbyterian Church approved missionary or mission project and get involved!
 Donate to the Covenant Mission Fund.  The Blossoming Team, made up of fellow Covenant members, will direct it to deserving missionaries or mission projects.
 Spend your time in another context by going on a short-term Disciple Trip.
 Commit your life to discipling and multiply yourself in others.  

When Jesus looked at the harassed and helpless multitudes in Matthew 9:36-38, apparently His concern was not that the lost would not come to the Father. Instead, his concern was that His followers would not go to the lost.

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Missions Message

The first question of the Westminster Larger Catechism and its answer are, “What is the chief and highest end of man?  Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy him forever.”

God chose his people for his glory: “he chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace …” .  Ephesians 1:4-6.  God desires for his people to glorify him.

We glorify god by worshipping him and telling of his glorious grace, but there are the people of many nations that have not heard of God’s glorious grace that Jesus secured for those who respond to his gospel in faith.  To prepare for that “great multitude, that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10) the Church must pray for the nations and send workers to tell them the good news.

Jesus commanded his disciples, who were the Church, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).  That commission is not yet completed.  Pray for unreached nations and the workers who must go to them with the gospel.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!  (Psalm 67:1-3)

Weekly Mission Message

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Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

When I first participated in the Perspectives Course, I was somewhat interested in missionary activities, but I was primarily seeking to find God’s purpose for my life.  I had been a Christian for several years but did not know what my role in the Church should be.

Because of my casual interest in missions, I enrolled in a Perspectives course hosted by our church in Evansville, Indiana.  As I studied the assignments and heard gifted speakers relate the history of God’s work among the nations. I came to a new understanding of Christ’s commission to the Church (Matthew 28:19-20) to make disciples of all nations, and his statement that the gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come (Matthew 24:14).  That Perspectives Course changed my life and helped me to see what I believe are the good works that God prepared beforehand that I should walk in them (Ephesians 2:10).

Since that enlightenment in the early 1990s, I have been involved in global outreach programs by serving on my church’s Missions Committee, the Kazakh Adoption Team, and the Central Asia Team.  I have participated in ten short-term mission trips to Kazakhstan, four to Turkey, and ten to Bolivia.  I currently serve on the Board of Directors of GATHER Network, a missions support organization based in Evansville, Indiana, and on the Blossoming Team (AKA the Missions Committee) of Covenant Presbyterian Church.  I participated in the Perspectives Course for the third time last year in Auburn.

I pray that you will decide to participate in the Perspectives course that begins next Sunday, January 13, at First Baptist Church in Opelika.  The first two sessions are free.  The course will meet each Sunday evening from 5:00-8:00 PM from Jan 13-Apr 28, (excluding Mar 10 and Apr 21.)  You will have the privilege of learning from 14 different speakers over 14 weeks who will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience from all over the world, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy, greatness, and love. All of them are excellent and are passionate about this course.

Find out what your purpose is! It may be sending, welcoming, mobilizing, praying, and yes, even going!

-John Parr

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This weeks’ message is extracted from David Platt’s book, A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.

How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?

As leaders and members of churches, we are called to spur one another toward Christ and his agenda in the world. Throughout the history of humankind, God has chosen to call out not just individuals but a people for himself. He told the Israelites, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Through Christ, God brought Jews and Gentiles together as “one body” in which “each member belongs to all the others.” Peter told the church, “You are a chosen people, … a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Indeed, God’s intention is that “through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” If you and I want our lives to count for God’s purpose in the world, we need to begin with a commitment to God’s people in the church. God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of his gospel for the demonstration of his glory to all nations.

Platt, David. A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18

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Weekly Missions Message

The first question of the Westminster Larger Catechism and its answer are, “What is the chief and highest end of man?  Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy him forever.”

God chose his people for his glory: “he chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace …” .  Ephesians 1:4-6.  God desires for his people to glorify him.

We glorify God by worshipping him and telling of his glorious grace, but there are the people of many nations that have not heard of God’s glorious grace that Jesus secured for those who respond to his gospel in faith.  To prepare for that “great multitude, that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10) the Church must pray for the nations and send workers to tell them the good news.

We glorify God also by being obedient to him and serving him.  Jesus commanded his disciples, who were the Church, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).  That commission is not yet completed.  Pray for unreached nations and the workers who must go to them with the gospel.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!  (Psalm 67:1-3)