WHY ENGAGE IN MISSIONS?
Jesus commanded it (Matt 28:18-20)
Before Christ’s return to heaven He called for a special gathering of all His disciples in Galilee (Matt 28:10). At this gathering He commissioned them to “make disciples of all nations” (Matt 28:19). He specified how this mandate was to be accomplished
Going: This presumes that the church will expand into all the regions and cultures of the world
Baptizing: This requires that converts be publicly initiated into the church
Teaching: This specifies the ongoing activity of the church.
As the Head of the church, Christ has given instructions in the New Testament to explain how the church is to be structured and function in order to fulfill His mandate. The church is chosen, organized, gifted and empowered to display God’s glory to all generations (Eph 3:21) and should participate with Christ in serving this purpose.
The early church practiced it
As the Apostles went out as Christ’s ambassadors, they did not merely proclaim the gospel, but baptized converts and incorporated them into the local church (Acts 2:40-41). The churches actively prayed for (Acts 12:5) and supported the ministry of the Apostles (Acts 15:3-4). The local church set apart their most gifted individuals in order to engage in church planting in other areas (Acts 13:1-3) and were commended for their faithful spreading of God’s Word (1 Thess 1:5-8).
Africa, and the world, needs it
It is commonly said that the church in Africa is “a mile wide and an inch deep.” This statement is an acknowledgement that although the church in Africa is widespread, it is very superficial. In most African churches there is a mixing of traditional African religion and superstition with Christianity. The gospel is distorted and the Bible is poorly taught. The result is that the church in Africa is “tossed to and fro by the waves and carried about by every wind of doctrine, by human cunning, by craftiness in deceitful schemes” (Eph 4:14). Africa desperately needs the influence of biblically based, doctrinally sound churches to spread.
There are still thousands of people groups around the world which are without a viable church , which can preach the gospel and “make disciples” (Matt 28:19). It is the church’s responsibility to send out missionaries that they might hear.
“Romans 10:13-15 :13 For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” 14 But how are they to call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? 15 And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”
CHURCH PLANTING/ STRENGTHENING
The local church is the primary vehicle for fulfilling the Great Commission (Matt 28:18-20), the goal of which, is to see local churches established and strengthened in every people group. To this end, Midrand Chapel is a member of the Sola-5 association of churches (Sola-5) and is actively seeking to partner with like-minded churches in church planting/strengthening efforts.
By God’s grace, since 2006 we have been able to strength/establish the Afrikaans Christan Church in Midrand and Crystal Park Baptist on the Eastrand (Crystal Park Baptist). Presently we have sent one of our elders, Sammy Leballo, to strengthen Moletsane Baptist in Soweto (Moletsane Baptist)
Midrand Chapel regularly sends short-term mission teams to support and promote our long-term mission goals. Those whom we send and support on these trips must be members with proven Christian character, faithfulness and competence in the areas of ministry in which they will be involved. For more information about short-term mission trips, please contact us (Contact Us).