Highland Baptist Church
Thursday, May 23, 2013
Helping People Follow Jesus
College Missions Philosophy
Our Understanding of the Gospel of Jesus Christ:
In love, God sent His Son Jesus to set mankind free from the present and future affects of sin--doing what men and women could never do for themselves. It is the good news that by grace, God has made a way for mankind to enjoy a relationship with Him. Through faith, the penalty of man’s sin can be applied to the death of Jesus on the Cross--resulting in complete forgiveness and new spiritual life as a child of God.
Our Motivation—Locally and Globally:
We do this to gather worshipers for God—and to rescue the perishing; those who do not know that without faith in Jesus, they are condemned by their sin. Therefore, we proclaim the gospel for God’s glory and for their good. We also proclaim the gospel in response to the joy of our own rebirth.
Our Biblical Mandate:
We proclaim the gospel in response to the command of Jesus in Matthew 28:18-20; that we must make disciples of all nations.
Our Understanding of Missions:
Christ-followers live "on mission" at all times; constantly aware of opportunities to proclaim the gospel of Jesus Christ. On occasion, it is important to journey to other areas-beyond our Jerusalem, Judea, and Samaria. Not everyone is called to live overseas in long-term cross-cultural proclamation of the gospel. Therefore, all Christ-followers must discover their calling for participating in missions-whether it is a daily part of their life expressed through their family and vocation-or whether it is to be their actual vocation as an official missionary. We validate those who are called to long-term missions. And we validate those who are called to local relational evangelism-with frequent involvement in long-term missions; both in financial contribution and participation in short-term projects.
Locally, we proclaim the gospel of Jesus with friends and strangers and enemies...the Biblical equivalent of our "neighbors". This is a practice known as relational evangelism. Relational evangelism seeks to communicate the need for the gospel of Jesus while communicating the substance of the gospel of Jesus. All of this is done in a caring, relational manner. The emphasis is on conversations with individuals, rather than coldly presenting memorized gospel bullet points. Globally, we organize and lead several trips each year for college students to participate in short-term mission projects in Texas, around the country, and throughout the world. This is done partially for the salvation of people in other countries, and partially for the development of the college students who participate.
Our Commitment to Long-Term Missions:
• We lead college students to give financially to long-term mission work.
Our Basis for Creating Short-Term Projects:
We lead short term mission projects because they:
Our Criteria for Selecting Short-Term Projects:
• Confirmed through prayer.