Why is CRIFC involved in missions?
"The Lord had said to Abram, ' Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you...I will bless you... and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.'" (Genesis 12:1-3)
"...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. (Matthew 28:19,20)
The first command is from the Lord to Abram, telling him to leave his own people and go elsewhere. Why? So that "all peoples on earth will be blessed".
The second command is from the Lord to all Christians, telling us to go to all nations and teach them everything Christ has taught us.
CRIFC believes that the Bible has one unified message from Genesis to Revelation; that God loves us and wants to have a relationship with us. That relationship is only possible through the shed blood of Jesus Christ. Jesus' death on the cross paid the penalty for our sin and enables us to have fellowship with God.
Those of us who have made the decision to follow Christ have an obligation to spread that message to all peoples of the earth. To do any different is to disobey God.
Many are called to go, and many are called to send and support those who go through prayer and finances, but there is no one exempt from this command to make disciples of all nations.
How can you get involved?
First and foremost, pray and ask the Lord how He would have you serve. And then be obedient to His direction.If He asks you to begin giving financial and prayer support to one who is going, then do so joyfully. If He asks you to go, then go knowing that Jesus is "...with you always, to the very end of the age." If you would like to learn more about missions, we invite you to contact the church staff at 814-839-2207.
"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!" (Romans 10:14,15)