Prepared for the weekly Volunteers Meeting at Vision Baptist Church in Alpharetta, GA

The work of the church is missions.

“That is, the work of the church is not primarily self-preservation, the perfection of organization and equipment, the improvement of the membership, or several other firsts that people might propose.

What has been called “the Great Commission,” the task of evangelizing the world, was given to the church and thus became its great work.” Bruce Hunt

Missions is the work of the church.

This is a team sport. Not something for the lone ranger. If was given to a church and not individuals. It will be accomplished through a church and not just individuals.

The work of missions is the church.

It is the church against which the gates of hell cannot prevail. Orphanages, hospitals, leper colonies, and relief projects which are not conducted and staffed by true Christians, members of the body of Christ, cannot claim for themselves protection against the gates of hell nor be expected to show forth the “manifold wisdom of God” (Eph. 3:10).

It let’s everyone watching know what we believe to be important!

We must create the attitude in all our members, especially the youth, that Vision wants to encourage and support people from its own number in their call to ministry.

It is a chance for us to do something that has eternal consequences!

Every man’s work shall be made manifest: for the day shall declare it, because it shall be revealed by fire; and the fire shall try every man’s work of what sort it is.

It sets a precedent on how Vision Baptist Church will always do their missions conferences.

We will not always be here. However, by the grace of God, Vision Baptist Church will always have a missions conference. Let us leave a legacy that says this generation thought it was of the utmost importance.

There is nothing we do as a church that is more important then glorify Him through working to spread the Gospel. So if this week is not important none of them will be.

This would be a great chance for us to let the whole church to know that the mission given to us is worthy of our time & effort all year long.