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Missions Update Christmas Supplemental Edition

Matt 24:14 This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

Not too long ago I was asked if I thought the 2nd coming of Jesus was imminent. You can imagine the look of disdain on my questioners face when I said no. I am sure they thought I was some sort of heretic, but before you rush to judgment let me explain. No one knows the time of Jesus return. But according to the passage above, one of those signs is that all the ethnic groups of the world will have a gospel witness among them before He returns. (Also see Rev 5:9, 7:9) Currently there are somewhere around 5000 (Out of 16,000+) ethnic groups in the world that have NO gospel witness. To quote Dr. Bruce Ashford, “They could walk for days and weeks and never find a person who could tell them about Jesus in their own language.” This is why we do missions and why we support the Lottie Moon Christmas offering for missions. We are asking that each Liberty family pray and ask God how you can be used in this great adventure of taking the gospel where it does not already exist.

Quick Facts Of Why We Support This Work 

This is God’s heart: God has always been a missionary God. See Gen 12:1­4, I Chron. 16:24, PS. 67:1­4, Matt 28:19­20, and Rev 5:9, 7:9

There are still 5000+ people groups that have no way to hear about Jesus. This equals about 1.7 billion people.

90% of the world’s missionaries are serving in places that have access to the gospel.

Only .03% of money given to all churches goes to reach the most needed places of our world with no gospel.

Only 98 cents of every dollar given to Southern Baptist churches goes to the most needed places on earth with no gospel witness.


The IMB, (International Mission Board) is Cutting it’s Missionary Work Force by 600 people Due to Funding Revelation 5:9 And they *sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are You to take the book and to break its seals; for You were slain, and purchased for God with Your blood men from every tribe and tongue and people and nation.

Q: What is being done about the lack of funding? 

The IMB is cutting back in many ways: o The # of Missionaries it sends out o The # of support staff is reduced o Salaries are reduced o Travel is reduced o Health Insurance premiums adjusted o Retirement benefits reduced

What is Liberty doing? Over the years Liberty Baptist Church has been an amazing supporter of our missionaries. This church has also been generous in its financial support of Lottie Moon missions. While other churches have decided to enter building programs and cut missions, pastor Grant has stood firm in his commitment to not cut missions, especially to the least reached in our world. Pastor Grant, THANK YOU!

o The president of the Southern Baptist convention has appointed a task force to see how the SBC in general can do a better job of funding our missionaries. This task force is called the Great Commission Resurgence Task Force. The task force web site is here:  

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http://www.pray4gcr.com/

What can I do? o Pray that God would show the GCRTF wisdom.

So many pastors teach individuals that we cannot out give God, yet fail to practice that in the church’s own giving practices. Thankfully this church is not one of them. I believe Liberty can be an example to other churches that we do not have to cut funding to those without the gospel, in order to build buildings. Thank you Liberty for standing firm in the middle of economic hard times.

What Else?

o Pray for how you may give to Lottie Moon. o Call our missions office to see ways to join one of our mission teams who work with missionaries reaching those least reached places. 

Read the missions blog called The Missional Edge: http://www.themissionaledge.wordpress.com

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