from our Minister of Missional Outreach:
We are not only led by the great commission but also by the words of Christ found in Acts 1:8, “…and you shall be my witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” I have come to view this passage as addressing two very distinct and very important callings. One is perhaps the most common interpretation of this passage of scripture to think of concentric circles spreading outward from the center. The center being wherever you find yourself. For us, Augusta, GA and the CSRA is our Jerusalem. Our Judea is the State of Georgia, our Samaria is the US. “…and to the ends of the earth.” well, that one is obvious. In this way we recognize that God is calling us to serve near and far. As we think about the sociological milieu of the first hearers of this announcement I think God is calling us to serve those who are like us, the Judeans and those who are unlike us, the Samaritans. Using the geographic links to the left as a guide notice where God is calling us and pray for us as we continue to seek God’s face.
The landscape of missions is changing in every area from how the work is being done to how the work is being funded. First Baptist Church is trying to navigate that landscape so that we can a light in the darkness and a wellspring of living water in a dry and barren land. We recognize that we serve a sending and a sent God and therefore we should send and be sent ourselves. We have a come a long way in our nearly 200-year history, but there is still a long way to go. We don’t claim to have all the answers, but we commit to journeying together as we seek them. Come find your place of service as we seek together to go where God is leading.
Minister of Missional Outreach
The Toilet Paper is a snapshot view of current Mission activities.