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Missions

Because our vision is to be a community who image Jesus Christ in his renewing of all things, we look for opportunitiesĀ here locally andĀ throughout the world to be apart of that renewal.

God calls us to extend his kingdom which includes word and deed ministries of evangelism, social action and cultural renewal. The image of God is meant to project outward, to be displayed publicly in sacrificial service. God's design is that his kingdom expands to encompass the whole earth.

Scripture calls God's people to the task of mission. The following passages are but a few of the specific Bible references bearing upon WRPC's responsibility to answer the Church's call to mission:

For God's Glory

Romans 11:33-36; Colossians I:13-20; II Corinthians 2:14-17; I Peter 2:9

The glory of God in and through Jesus Christ is the ultimate goal of missions. God's plan of salvation in the Gospel is designed in His wisdom, fulfilled by His power, and accomplished to His glory: that glory is seen in the victory of Jesus Christ. Missions celebrates God's grace and mercy in calling a people to Himself from every people, tribe, tongue, and nation on the earth.

By God's Love

John 3:16, 10:26-29; Romans 8:29-39, 9:23-24; Ephesians 1:3-6

The love of God is the source of missions. That love is the love of pure grace, not drawn by anything in man, but given in God's electing love in Jesus Christ. The assurance of missions is that those who have been given by the Father to the Son will be drawn by the Spirit as Christ is lifted up. The measure of God's love is the gift of His only Son.

At God's Initiative

John 3:17, 4:23, 8:24; Luke 15

The sending of missions begins with the Father, who sent His Son into the world. Missions is the mission of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit. The joy of heaven, God's joy, crowns His ingathering.

Within God's Purpose

Hebrews 1:3-4; John 17:18, 12-31: Matthew 28:18-19

The saving rule of Christ governs missions. Christ gathered disciples in His earthly ministry and now gathers His sheep from the ends of the earth. His triumph is established by His atonement on the cross, and is sealed in His resurrection and ascension. His power over the cosmos is used to the fulfillment of the Father's purpose.

Empowered by the Spirit

John 15:26; Acts 1:8, 2:33, 5:32, 13:2.

Missions is the work of the Spirit, sent from the Father and the throne of the Son to empower, guide, and bless the church in the missionary task.

World-wide Proclamation

Genesis 12:3; Psalms 96:3; Habakkuk 2:14; Isaiah 52:10; Matthew 24:14; Revelation 7:9

The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord. God's promised blessing will reach every nation, people and tongue. God's glory will be declared to every nation before Jesus comes again.

Establishing the Church

Matthew 24:45-47, 28:18-20; Mark 13:10; Luke 24:45-47; John 20:21; Corinthians 5:18-21

The Lord commissions His church to carry the Gospel to all the nations, teaching them all things that He has commanded and baptizing them in the name of the Triune God. Christ's order to the Church is missionary; the apostles were sent, and Christ gives gifts to the Church for evangelizing and building up His disciples.