The purpose of Missions/Outreach at Crossings Community Church is to train and equip ordinary people to go and do extraordinary things in the name of Jesus so that all might see, hear and experience God’s love in tangible ways.
Why does missions exist at Crossings? From its initial organization as a community of Christ-followers, Crossings Community Church has valued the importance of missions and outreach in fulfilling the Great Commission of Jesus Christ. Out of our love for Christ and in obedience to His commands we are called to share His love with all people and to proclaim the gospel to those who have not heard. Our deepest desire is to further God’s kingdom by being used by the Holy Spirit to bring people into a relationship with Jesus Christ and to help them grow and mature in the Christian faith.
Matthew 28:18-20 – The Great Commission
Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who bring good news!”
For the Son of Man came to seek and to save what was lost.
The earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the Lord, as the waters cover the earth.
How do we go about sharing the love of Jesus Christ “in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria and to the ends of the earth”? Through initiating and leading ministries and service opportunities that exemplify Christ’s example of courageous compassion; by forming strategic partnerships in our local and global community; and by training, equipping and sending Crossings members to go and be the face, hands and feet of Jesus to those who are hurting physically, emotionally and spiritually.
But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.
…to prepare God’s people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ.
2 Timothy 1:7
For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.
What can you do?
A Christ-centered life requires actions that reflect the heart of Jesus Christ. It is important for every Christ-follower to discover their unique giftedness and to use those gifts to glorify God. Use what God has given you in terms of time, talent and treasures for His glory. Pray for those who have not ever heard the gospel or for those who are sent to share God’s love. Use your skills or special abilities in one of the many ministries of Crossings Community Church. It could be that God wants to use your earthly treasures to make an eternal difference in the life of someone else. Crossings allocates 10% of all undesignated giving directly to the missions/outreach ministries of the church, but direct giving of your time or money to any of these ministries or partners is always a good way to start becoming involved.
For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. Then the righteous will answer him, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?” The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
1 Peter 4:10
Each one should use whatever gift he has received to serve others, faithfully administering God’s grace in its various forms.
You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled by men. You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before men, that they may see your good deeds and praise your Father in heaven.
For we are God’s workmanship created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.