Missions around the world
We have the same philosophy today that we have had since the beginning of this local church in 1970. It is based upon the commission given by Jesus just prior to His ascension, recorded in the Scriptures (Matthew 28:19-20; Mark 16:15-20; Luke 24:44-53; John 20:21-23, 30-31; Acts 1:8-11).
To fulfill the commission we must go where the people are and we must explain clearly the gospel of salvation by grace through faith in Jesus Christ. Those that believe are to be added to the local church after being baptized by immersion, and then taught the Word of God.
We believe that the manner of fulfilling the Great Commission is through church planting. This is the story of the Acts of the Apostles. The epistles provide instruction to the churches concerning doctrine and practice. The pattern for the ministry of the missionary established in the New Testament is that the missionary arrives in a place where there is not a church, plants a church, turns it over to local leadership, and goes to another place to begin the process again. The missionary properly has an on-going relationship with the churches, but is not to remain in one church filling the office of the pastor.