Bible Baptist Church
St. Charles Missouri
On the GO!
Goye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20
Two little letters in our English language, but they combine to make a very compelling word. GO!
I was astonished when I looked up the definition of ‘go’ in the Merriam – Webster online dictionary to find that there were no less than 20 definitions for this tiny little verb! The primary meaning is to ‘move on a course’, or to ‘proceed’. It can also refer to ‘following a procedure’.
Both of those definitions capture our Lord’s last command to His disciples gathered together to hear Him just before His ascension back to heaven. Someone has summarized the command by saying “His last command is to be our first concern!”
Students and teachers of the Greek language tell us that the intent of the command is that the church would be witnesses as they were going; not just waiting to arrive at a certain destination in order to begin! When we go to the store, go to work, go to a family gathering, go to school, or any place our travels happen to take us we are to ‘go’ with the good news of the gospel!
GO reminds us of…
The Gospel Objective of our mission! It is important to offer material and physical assistance to people in less fortunate circumstances. This often opens hearts to the message of the gospel, and even our Lord did not ignore the hunger and physical suffering of those to whom He ministered. However a person was not pronounced whole until their spiritual need was met by Jesus!
The Glorious Opportunity that we have to see God perform a miraculous work in the lives of people! We are privileged to become co-laborers with Christ in the world wide operation; stretching far beyond our feeble reach and investing in a work that will outlive us into eternity!
The Gracious Offering it requires to accomplish the task. Of course God made the most important and unparalleled offering for world evangelization when “He gave His only begotten Son”! We too may make an offering to assist those who are called to travel to foreign soil with the message!
I hope and pray that you will take the time this month to learn more about our churches world-wide mission program and meet some wonderful missionaries that will be sharing with us the burden God has laid on their heart! Our annual Mission Conference is scheduled for October 14th – 17th. We will begin each evening with a dinner at our International Diner, set up in our gym. The meal will be served one hour before the sessions with our missionaries over in the church. If you are interested in attending just call the church office for a complete schedule.
October also has a lot of other opportunities for people to meet, learn and serve. We encourage you to check out our calendar page to see the latest updates on the activities that are planned. You are welcome to join us at any or each and every meeting that is scheduled during the month. We’re on the GO and we invite you to join us!
In Obedience to His Last Command,
Pastor Steve Parks