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||Newsletter & Calendar - December 2018|
||Pastor's Message- Christmas 2018|
“OUR MISSION” In Matthew 28:19-20, Jesus says: “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 Ii have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Then again in Acts 1:8 He says: “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you, and you will be my witnesses in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” As you know, Jesus spoke these words 40 days after His resurrection and right before He ascended into heaven. Since He knew that He would not physically be with His disciples and followers very much longer, what He shared needs to be seen as hugely important! His words have been characterized by some theologians as akin to a “last will and testament”. Jesus knew that His followers and apostles would immediately be asking themselves, after His bodily ascension into heaven, “Now what? What do we do now?”
These two directions preserved by Matthew and Luke tell them what they are now to do and thus become a road map for the future outreach and ministry of the Holy Christian Church. Through the writings of the Apostles the Church will receive all the theological foundation and direction they will ever need. But in His own words the Church receives direction as to what they are to be doing in preparation for His second coming in judgement on the Last Day. To put it simply, the Church is to be out there making disciples from among the unbelievers by baptizing them and teaching them everything God has revealed in His holy, inerrant Word.
In order to make it manifestly clear what Jesus wanted us to do, He tells us and His followers that soon they will required to share His Gospel of salvation as His witnesses to the whole world. That clear direction to the Church has never changed. Why? Because God wills all people to come to the knowledge of the salvation and has made forgiveness and salvation possible by His perfect life, His all-sufficient death on the cross, and His glorious, powerful, resurrection from the dead on that first Easter Sunday morning. God could have chosen His angels to bring the message of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus to our world, but He did not do that. Rather, He has chosen you and me to do it personally in our everyday life and corporately as a congregation.
In the New Year coming I hope to offer a course in how to share Jesus with people so that people feel comfortable in being “witnesses” to the Gospel of Jesus Christ out there in our community. But the Mission Board has also decided to adopt “Camp Pioneer” in Angola, New York as a special mission project this year. Why? Because Camp Pioneer brings many people, especially young people, into Christ’s kingdom by boldly proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ to campers throughout the year. But that’s not all. Camp Pioneer also strengthens the faith and faith-life of countless adults, Americans and Canadians who attend special Biblical seminars at the Camp. Like me, many young people over the years have decided at Camp Pioneer, after having been immersed in His Word there, to enter into full-time ministry in the Church. As you think about supporting this mission-outreach program which is dependent on donations for its very existence, I would urge you to be generous, because your gifts will unquestionably result in many individuals from little children to older adults coming to know Jesus as their Lord and Saviour and those who already know Him and serve Him, renewing their promise of faithfulness to Him. As Jesus’ 21st Century Disciples this is just one part of our carrying out of the “Great Commission” to bring the life-giving, saving Gospel to as many people as God enables us to reach.
Pastor William Ney,
Your Vacancy Pastor
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