Missions – The Great Commission Is Our Mission.
The missions program at Bethel is the heartbeat of our church life. We are currently supporting about sixty foreign and home missions projects. According to Acts 1:8, the work of evangelism is to be done simultaneously at home and abroad. In addition to our local work, we are enjoined to help evangelize other parts of our country, as well as evangelizing the world beyond our borders. True missionary endeavor speaks of that work of evangelism that involves sending one to a new place to propagate the faith, leading people to Jesus Christ and establishing local churches. Our missions giving is raised through Faith Promise Commitments, which are made during our annual Mission Vision Conference. This is one of the highlights of the year, with challenging messages, reports and presentations from veteran missionaries, as well as newly appointed missionaries just beginning their deputation.
The Faith Promise Offering is not something new. Its principle is clear throughout the Word of God. Paul presents the principle most clearly in II Corinthians 8, 9. It is not simply a cash offering, where we give only what we already have, nor is it a pledge that is subject to the ability of our budget. Faith Promise is recognizing our responsibility to world wide missions, and committing ourselves to God’s will in being a channel through which God will provide for world missions on a regular basis as we trust Him to meet our needs. Paul says, “Every man according as he purposed in his heart, so let him give . . .” (II Corinthians 9:7). “Every man” is literally, “each one”; hence, “Let each one give.” As a result of Faith Promise giving, we have found that more people are involved and more money is raised for missions than through any other method of raising missions dollars in the history of our church.