In response to Scripture, churches should be intentionally sending their members. Sending them on mission trips, church planting efforts, ministry projects and disaster relief responses. We can reach our world with the gospel by putting the focus on how many we send rather than how many attend. Sadly, hundreds of Kentucky churches reported sending no one last year. Not one!
Sending: the act of enlisting, equipping and mobilizing believers to engage the world with the gospel through:
Our God is a sending God. Nearly every time He speaks to someone in Scripture, He is sending them on a mission. From Abraham to Moses to Paul - to you - God's people are always being sent into the world on mission. He sent His best and only Son into the world to save us. Jesus is referred to as "sent" 47 times in the New Testament. Clearly, God is a sender by nature.
In the Old Testament, He sent prophets, angels and the very special Angel of the Lord. In the New Testament, He sent not only angels, but John the Baptist, Jesus and the Holy Spirit, among others. Jesus sent the apostles, and He has sent us. After His resurrection, Jesus passed on His identity to His disciples: "As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you" (John 20:21).
The English word "mission" comes from the Latin word "missio," which means "sending out or being sent out." The word pertains to the sender as well as to the one being sent. Considering how many times in the Bible God sent people, we can assume the word mission applies to Him as well.
God's nature is one of action; He is a sender. He calls people to participate in His work by sending them out to make disciples of all nations (Matthew 28:19). Send may be a small word, but it evokes big action.
The biblical foundation for living as a sent people on mission is loud and clear (Matthew 28:19-20, Mark 16:15, John 20:21-22, Acts 1:8), and churches are expected to send their members out (Romans 10:15). A "sending church" equips its members to demonstrate the gospel every day in their workplaces, neighborhoods and schools and to be prepared to give an answer to those in our community who ask them to "give the reason for the hope that they have" (1 Peter 3:15).
It is our desire to help you and your church discover what it looks like to Send One More. We welcome the opportunity to help you and your church take the next steps toward obediently joining God in His mission.