Make a joyful noise to the LORD, all the earth! Serve the LORD with gladness! Come into his presence with singing! Know that the LORD, he is God! It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture.
14 Driving Convictions Fuel Global Outreach at Bethlehem:
- God's goal in creation and redemption is a missionary goal because our God is a missionary God.
- God is passionately committed to his fame. God's ultimate goal is that his name be known and praised by all the peoples of the earth.
- Worship is the fuel and the goal of missions.
- God's passion to be known and praised by all the peoples of the earth is not selfish, but loving.
- God's purpose to be praised among all the nations cannot fail. It is an absolutely certain promise. It is going to happen.
- Only in God will our souls be at rest.
- Domestic ministries are the goal of frontier missions.
- The missionary task is focused on peoples, not just individual people, and is therefore finish-able.
- The need of the hour is for thousands of new Paul-type missionaries, a fact which is sometimes obscured by the quantity of Timothy-type missionaries.
- It is the joyful duty and the awesome privilege of every local church to send out missionaries "in a manner worthy of God" (3 John 6).
- We are called to a wartime lifestyle for the sake of going and sending.
- Prayer is a wartime walkie-talkie not a domestic intercom.
- Our aim is not to persuade everyone to become a missionary, but to help everyone become a World Christian.
- God is most glorified in us when we are most satisfied in him; our satisfaction in him is greatest when it expands to embrace others—even when this involves suffering.
Read more on these 14 Convictions by viewing "Driving Convictions Behind Foreign Missions (Global Outreach) at Bethlehem Baptist Church."
What causes a church to send global partners for over 100 years?
We want the world to be satisfied in Jesus. Pastor Emeritus John Piper has written more on this subject. Read "No Greater Satisfacation: A God-Centered Motivation for World Missions."