We believe that missions is essential to the work of the local church. As Jesus told his disciples in Matthew 28: “All authority in heaven and earth has been give 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” (vv. 18–20).
Missions is essential to the local church like a set of lungs is essential to your livelihood. A church that does not breathe-in the air of the gospel and breathe-out the air of missions will die. As we inhale the crisp, clean air of God’s word, our faith in Christ is strengthened, our hope in the gospel is invigorated, and our love for God, his people, and the lost is expanded. As we exhale the soul-reviving, life-refreshing air of God’s word, people who would not have otherwise heard the gospel message are confronted with the certainty of either life or death in eternity.
The reason why we care about missions is because we want people to know, love, and worship God. As John Piper states, “Missions is not ultimate goal of the church. Worship is. Missions exists because worship doesn’t. Worship is ultimate, not missions, because God is ultimate, not man. When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worships abides forever.”
This section of our website will tell you a little about missions at First Reformed. You will find out about some of our local ministries as well as some of the missionaries we support. Please contact the church office with any questions.