Missions at FBC Arlington
As you have heard me say many times, a commitment to missions is in the DNA of our church. We have long been characterized by a missional atmosphere. I praise God for that.
Each November, we spend a month to celebrate and re-affirm this commitment to the Mission of God. This year will be no different. Our theme this year is: Gospeling: News Worth Sharing. We learned the word “Gospeling” from Scot McKnight when he was here back in April. Dr. McKnight challenged us to consider how best to share the good news of Jesus Christ with our world. His book, The King Jesus Gospel offers a challenging perspective for contemporary evangelical Christians with respect to evangelism and mission.
Our focus will center around the Book of Acts. We will read through this book together in November. I will be preaching from Acts 2 throughout the month. We will learn from those early Christians as they took the Gospel to their world.
Each Sunday, we will also highlight the various facets of our missional life here at FBC Arlington. Our mission endeavors begin right here in Arlington. We are engaged in so many missional expressions in our own community. Mission Arlington, UT-Arlington Baptist Campus Ministry, Arlington Life Shelter, Christian Women’s Job Corps, Christian Men’s Job Corps—these are just some examples of how our people are seeking to share the love of Jesus with the people of Arlington.
We also are training and sending our people to live across the world. We currently have 7 Cross-Cultural Units deployed in Asia, Europe and Africa. These are our church members who are directly supported by our church. We have trained them and sent them. We are committed to the “sending church” model of missional engagement.
You know we have teams of volunteers we send across the world each year. In fact, as I am typing these words, Cindy is packing and preparing to head to Niger, West Africa. She will leave there and meet Ashley (our new Director of Global Ministries) in Sierra Leone to meet with our cross-cultural workers who are busy working in this needy place in West Africa. We have teams of volunteers who have been to New York, Boston, Asia, Houston, and various places across the Texas-Mexico border.
We have just approved a new infrastructure to provide support and guidance for our mission investments—The Great Commission Council. You will be hearing more about it in the new future.
And —- you can invest in all of it by supporting the World Mission Offering. Our goal for this offering is $200,000. It is the lifeline for our missional engagement. Thank you for your generosity and support of this strategic missional investment. Stay tuned!