Go into all the world and preach the gospel
Missions didn’t begin with the church in the New Testament, it started with God. It’s His idea. It overflows from the heart of love deep within the Triune God who created and sustains the universe. And it is rooted in Jesus’ model of ministry that creates communities (churches) of the King (Jesus) among lost peoples. By His design, these communities become sending churches. That’s where The Vineyard Church—and you—come in.
God is a sending God. He yearns to reveal himself to lost people. He loves the world so much that He sent Jesus Christ to “find” lost people like you and me (Luke 15).
As God sent Jesus, so He sends the church community to continue the kingdom ministry that Jesus started. And so, the truth, “The church does not have a mission; the mission has a church!”
At the outset of his ministry Jesus announced His mission: “The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because He has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lords favor.” (Luke 4:18-21; quoting Isaiah 61:1-2).
In the gospels we find Jesus fulfilling His plan for Spirit-empowered missions. Jesus preached good news to the poor and poor in spirit, proclaimed freedom to prisoners bound in sin and darkness, cast out demons, healed the sick. And he trained disciples to do the same. Jesus proclaimed and demonstrated God’s right to rule creation as He destroyed the works of Satan (1 John. 3:8). He equipped followers and promised that they too would do what He did because everyone who is fully trained is like his teacher (Luke 6:40; Matt. 28:16-20; John 14:12-14).
Jesus commands His disciples to follow His example of Spirit-saturated kingdom ministry.
• “Declare his glory among the nations, His marvelous works among all the peoples!” (Psalm 96:3)
• “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” (John 20:21)
• “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)
Every person has a part to play. Missions is not just for career missionaries or pastors.
Jesus commissions the church to continue his ministry of creating communities of the King (planting churches) among lost peoples.
• “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations.” (Matt. 28:19)
The Holy Spirit compels the church to enter the world to make the truth and love of Jesus known.
• “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses. . . to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8)
God controls the outcome of world missions.
• “For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the sea.” (Hab. 2:14)
• “I will build my church and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matt. 16:18)
• “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:9)
World missions is a very large task; so large in fact that only God Himself can ultimately accomplish it. It would be easy to be discouraged at the size of the task—if we forget that it is God Himself who will fulfill it in, and through, His church. He invites us to participate with Him in the world as He fulfills His mission on the earth.
Expanding the Kingdom
Currently, we believe that the Lord has directed us as a church to focus our mission efforts in the nations of Brazil and Honduras. In both of these countries our ultimate aim is to partner together with other Vineyard churches from the U.S. to plant and develop an indigenous Vineyard church movement in these nations.
Our teams travel to Brazil at least once a year.
We have been to the Amazon, to central Brazil’s most popular cities Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro.
Your Involvement in World Missions
We believe that God wants every believer to play a part in His mission in the world. And toward that end we invite you to consider
- First, you can pray for church planting in Brazil and Honduras.
- Second, you can give of your financial resources to help it happen through our church mission fund.
- And third, you can give of your time and can go on a short-term trip together with others from our church to Brazil or Honduras.
Together we can do what no one of us can alone.