Above and Beyond Missions Ministry
Definition of Missions
Missions is the proclamation of the gospel of Jesus Christ locally, regionally, nationally, and internationally. Missions as a generic term is not for an elite group of Christians who are different from the rest of us. All Christians are called to missions. We are called to spread the good news that Jesus Christ has died for our sins and been raised for our forgiveness. The location of our missionary efforts is another matter. Some have been called to live in the same town in which they were born and serve as witnesses in their hometown. Others, based on providential circumstances, might be called to move to another region of the United States and serve as witnesses there. Still others may believe that they have been called to lay aside their life in America to serve as "full-time" witnesses overseas. These are international missionaries. Riverbend Community Church believes strongly in the importance of supporting and sending international missionaries to advance the kingdom of Christ in the world. There are three primary ways in which Riverbend labors in the field of international missions. First, Riverbend portions part of their budget for the sake of overseas missions. Second, Riverbend frequently sends their own members on short-term mission trips overseas. Third, Riverbend sends men and women overseas for longer periods of time in the work of foreign missions.
Biblical Basis for Missions
Genesis 12:3, "I will bless those who bless you [Abraham], and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed."
Galatians 3:14, "so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that we might receive the promised Spirit through faith."
Matthew 28:18 - 20, "And Jesus came and said to them, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.'"
Revelation 5:9 - 10, "And they sang a new song, saying, 'Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, and you have made them a kingdom and priests to our God, and they shall reign on the earth.'"
Secretary: Donna McCormick