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Catalyst 2.0 Prayer Guide : Why Missions by Mike Lassiter

Why Missions?

by Mike Lassiter

I have wrestled with the words to describe why and how at Second Baptist church we accept missions as such a priority.  While a final description is still in the works, I have at least come to a beginning place.  When asked why Second Baptist Church engages in missions I hope at least part of the response is that each person is encouraged to find the one or two things that speak deeply to an individual and move that person to invest in the Dream of God for all people.    

When asked how Second Baptist engages in missions I hope at least part of the response is that if you look at the people and situations we engage with as a faith community the common thread is people who are marginalized or vulnerable.  While we would all agree that any person should be able to hear and respond to the best news of God's reconciling work in Jesus on humanity’s behalf, I am also convinced that collectively we are willing to walk with anyone who has experienced injustice or loss of dignity because of systems, society, or other people.  I believe we are willing to invest our lives where we find people who are hurting the most.

In Biblical days, lepers, orphans and widows were considered marginalized or vulnerable people.  Isaiah 1:17 says, “Learn to do right! Seek justice, encourage the oppressed. Defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."  What would we add today to this verse?   

As we enter Catalyst 2.0 for 2015-2016, maybe you have discovered a desire to advocate for those with no advocate, noticed a group of people whose plight seems overwhelming, found a cause you must speak to or sensed an injustice you would like to see changed.  Maybe you haven’t found that “thing” you are passionate for. In either case, if you have determined now is the time to be involved for the dream of God to move forward, at Second Baptist we want to encourage you and help you move into that mission which God is prompting.    

We have concluded the SEND Initiative and the master list says we have had 203 individuals engage in missions in a new location or with a new opportunity.   Our goal was 200 people.  So while we celebrate reaching our goal, we celebrate even more the stories of what has shaped us.  Many have either examined missions in a fresh way, for the first time, or engaged with people where a passion for their plight has grown.  People have allowed transformation to happen in their lives.    

Because the world is changing at the speed of life, continue to consider how God is stirring us to be in the world alongside another person and not just view a person who needs to be preached at.    

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