This Sunday – Missions Update with Chelsea Ritter
This Sunday we’re set for a special treat at CCW: One of our “homegrown” missionaries, Chelsea Ritter, will be sharing at our monthly missions update! (In case you’ve noticed that we share the same last name, yes she is a member of the Ritter clan!)
Chelsea has just come off of a two-year assignment in Australia, where she was involved in training up young missionaries, and leading outreach teams into the South Pacific and Asia. She’ll be sharing some of her experiences from her time there, and also sharing the next step that God has in her journey.
Chelsea is just one of the many missions partners that we support at CCW. Each month we present a “Missions Update” to keep our church informed about what God is doing in other parts of the world, and to remind us that what we’re doing as a church is making a difference all over the world!
Today I thought I’d give you a little primer on how we see missions at Calvary Chapel.
Why Missions Are Important
#1 Jesus Christ: The First Missionary
Jesus set the example, as He “descended from heaven” in order to “seek and to save that which was lost” (John 3:13; Luke 19:10). I’m pretty sure that leaving heaven and coming to earth to share the good news qualifies as “foreign missions!”
#2 Jesus sent out the first missions team
Jesus assembled the first “outreach team” of seventy-two disciples, and sent them out to declare the coming kingdom of God:
After this the Lord appointed seventy-two others and sent them on ahead of him, two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go. (Luke 10:1)
#3 We Are Commanded To Go
The last words of Christ before He ascended to heaven was that we should go and carry the gospel to the world.
“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 I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:19-20)
#4 We can’t leave it up to “them”
It’s easy to think that “they” should go and preach the gospel… but who are “they?”
I’ll tell you who “they” are, they are us! We all have a part in spreading the gospel.
The Apostle Paul wrote to the church at Rome:
“How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’” (Romans 10:14-15)
In this statement Paul covers the entirety of the church congregation. Not everyone is “called to go,” but everyone is called play a part. Some are “sent,” and others are “senders.”
Which one are you?
We can change the world, one life at a time…