God led my wife and me in 1990 to plant the Community Baptist Church of Lansing, 23 years ago for the purpose to be a missionary sending, supporting, participating local church. Now these many years later the church has seen missionaries be sent, missionaries be trained, churches be started, souls be saved through the foundation truth: Jesus Saves and works through the New Testament Church today.
World missions, Faith Promise Missions, church planting internationally are all synonymous for serving the Lord by ministering to people of all cultures, race, religions, in all nations to convert them to Christ. Friends, Jesus Saves! The greatest message of hope this world needs isn’t that the Federal Government of these united States is open again after a two week shut down but that God loves them and will forgive them of the sins they were born with and struggle with and will die with without the blood of Christ committed to their heart through precious salvation of Christ dying on the Cross!
Over these past years each day we have come together in prayer, with fasting, in worship, with financial gifts to see God use this ministry to draw others to the salvation that is so rich and liberating. For World Evangelism to work it requires a dedication to the Word of God, for born again converts to pray, to work, to trust God for families to be active about the Great Commission. The Commission was established by none other than the Founder of the Church: Jesus Christ. It is stated in Matthew 28:19-20 “Go ye 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 always, even unto the end of the World. Amen.”
The first missionary journey of Saul who was latter named Paul, was blessed of God because of Who powered it. God called two men to make a huge impact on the whole church through their efforts. Even today I am convinced God uses men to plant churches by reaching the lost in the community, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit and then growing the disciples with Bible Studies, church services and prayer.
The method that the Lord has used in a magnificent way to provide for the missionaries is Faith Promise Missions Offering. It has been said that a pledge is between an organization and an individual but that is not what Faith Promise Missions is about-no pledges only faith giving. FAITH GIVING- It is a freewill gift you hand over to the Lord through your local church offering plate or give it “on line”. It actually shows the sincerity of your love for the Lord Jesus Christ. There are no pressures on the giver because you give by faith to the Lord for missions over and above your Tithes. It is based on II Corinthians 9:8, 9 “And God is able to make all grace abound toward you; that ye always having all sufficiency in all things, may abound to every good work: As it is written, He hath dispersed abroad; he hath given to the poor his righteousness remaineth for ever.” This is how the first missionary endeavors of Paul and Barnabas was paid for and it continues to be the most effective way to help evangelize the Lost and plant churches which is faith promise missions. Won’t you pray about being a part of something bigger than yourself, bigger than your imagination could dream of? Faith Promise Missions is a way for you to partner with the Lord through dedicated servants called missionaries.
-Dr. Timothy W. Jackson, pastor