Director of Missions

The Mission is Everything

 

There is a place in the mountains I like to go hiking near Wilkesboro NC. The area is mountainous and very steep. Rock caves and alcoves are throughout the area. In the not to   recent past, moonshiners took advantage of the secluded mountain geography to produce their illicit elixir. You can find the remnants of their stills on the sides of the mountain. The climbs in this area are arduous and dangerous in places. Yet, with enough exploring, you can locate fresh water springs coming right out of the mountain. I have found several of them on my hikes. These fresh water springs bring forth pure clean water that has traversed the dark heart of the earth to rise to the surface cool, clear, and pristine. I have satisfied my thirst at many of these oases. These many springs flow down the mountain and mix with the head waters in that area. Ultimately, they flow down into Shell Creek. Shell Creek makes it way down the mountain and along with various other creeks in the area making its way to Stony Fork River. The fishing is good here, and the cold mountain waters grow deeper and swifter. Finally, the many springs, creeks, rivers, and various other tributaries combine and make their way to Kerr Lake. The reason these waters all end up in the same location is because of this thing called “gravity.” Gravity is unrelenting and never slumbers nor sleeps; therefore, the waters of these mountains continue their trek toward the Lake without pause. Day and night, in season and out, these waters follow their course to their final destination.

In the same way that waters flow down the mountain, the “mission” of our churches should be moving together in the same direction. Everything we do in the local church should flow from our mission.  To make this happen consistently, a church must always ask itself, “Why do we exist?” This question must always be answered first. Too many times, we ask ourselves “how” do we accomplish the mission of God first, and neglect the “why.” The mission of the church is found in Matthew 28 when Jesus is speaking to His disciples, He says, “And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, ‘All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.  Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.’” The mighty water of salvation flows down from heaven because the blood of Jesus Christ has opened the life-gate. All who are plunged beneath that flow will be cleaned and be given everlasting life.

If we fail to direct everything we do in the church towards that end, then our mission is weakened, if not stopped in its tracks. Programs without a Gospel witness are like a broken cistern that can hold no water, like storm clouds that bear no rain. Without the Gospel mission, our programs and concerted efforts are empty and ultimately purposeless.  May the great grace of Christ flow forth from our churches like streams down a mountain side. May these waters find the lost and destitute. May we move together with common purpose to see the waters of salvation bring spiritual awakening to our community and our land.

Ephesians 2:1-10 states “And you He made alive, who were dead in trespasses and sins,  in which you once walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, the spirit who now works in the sons of disobedience, among whom also we all once conducted ourselves in the lusts of our flesh, fulfilling the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, just as the others.  But God, who is rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, even when we were dead in trespasses, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), and raised us up together, and made us sit together in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus,  that in the ages to come He might show the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.  For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God,  not of works, lest anyone should boast. For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand that we should walk in them.”

 

Serving the King Together,

Eric