MT.16:13-20 – “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” … Jesus Answered, “And I tell you, ‘Your are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of hell shall not prevail against it.’ I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven, and whatever you bind on earth shall be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth shall be loosed in heaven.”
MT.28:18-20 – “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.”
A BRIEF PHILOSOPHY OF MISSIONS
Our philosophy of missions centers upon and around the church. In Mt. 16 Jesus, the Messiah, declared that his church would be built and that it would triumph over all things including death itself. The imagery of “keys” in connection with a kingdom denotes the idea of a gatekeeper in a city. The gate keeper was responsible for letting people into and out of the city. Thus, authority is granted by the king himself to the church. Additionally, based upon Mt. 28:18-20, Jesus commissioned the eleven disciples to go to the world and make disciples of every nation. When we combine these two texts in their proper context, we are forced to identify two conclusions. First, the church has been commanded to go into the world and make disciples. Second, the church has authority and it has been granted it by the Messiah, the king of the kingdom of heaven.
Therefore, our mission must first and foremost be established and blessed by the church. The church’s authority sends us to Southeast Asia to proclaim the kingdom. Second, we must always have discipleship in our purview. We must remember that discipleship is not merely one of many different programs but a primary objective that we fulfill. This of course may be slightly nuanced in various contexts while we work with diverse people and gifts. However, these conclusions do not deny partnerships with other para-church organizations. Rather, they properly orient our relationships to them.
PARTNERS AND RELATIONSHIPS
ICF church, International Christian Fellowship, has commissioned us to go and minister in the Philippines. We submit first and foremost to their authority. Serge is our mission board that will assist ICF in oversight over us for achievement of our objectives and maintenance of our spiritual and physical needs. PTS College and Advanced Studies is our Filipino partner. They will also assist Serge in guiding and directing us. They will exercise direct oversight over us as we assist them in the discipling future pastors in Southeast Asia. As we work with them, we will seek to mentor our students in local church plants. Thus, we maintain the centrality of the church in our mission. Finally, we are partnering with local churches and individuals. YOU are just as important. You supply the individual spiritual, emotional, and financial support that is vital for our launch, growth, and sustainability as missionaries.
- ICF – Sending Church
- SERGE – Mission Agency
- PTS College – Local Filipino Partner
- YOU – Supporters and Partners
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