A Waiting World; A Willing Church. This theme of Missions Week (February 21 – 27, 2021) gives all sorts of reasons to pause in prayer. To pray that the waiting world will indeed hear and receive the gospel of Jesus Christ. To pray that the Church truly is healthy, sending, and engaged in saturating the world with the gospel message. The theme verse provided by the SDB Missionary society is especially powerful to guide our prayers: “I have made you a light for the Gentiles, that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 13:47)
There are all sorts of things to unpack with this passage. One of the keys is the context–this is part of the missional work by Barnabus and Paul. In fact, verse 47 is prefaced by the statement: “And Paul and Barnabas spoke out boldly”. Not only is there boldness in the message, but they (Paul and Barnabus) are bringing this message together. Catch the similarity with the Missions Week theme. It is not “A Waiting World; One Willing Missionary.” It is not “A Waiting World; Willing Individuals.” The theme is focused on our calling together as “A Willing Church.” We are in partnership together in mission. In order to be healthy as churches, as a Conference of churches, we must be living out our sending capacity.
Our mission as the SDB General Conference is to equip our churches to actively advance God’s Kingdom. We have been commissioned by Jesus Christ to share His gospel. God has been and will continue to work through us to make new disciples and transform us into greater Christ-likeness. Missions Week is a great opportunity to pray through our calling to be sent into the world as disciple-makers.
The week of February 21 – 27 has been designated as Missions Week by the SDB Missionary Society, with the emphasis of “A Waiting World; A Willing Church”. This is a great time to soak in daily devotional thoughts by the Missionary Society about this theme and to be guided in prayer .
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