2014 NACC Program

From Tim Harlow, 2014 NACC President

Your mission, should you choose to accept it . . .

Scratch that. As a Christian, you don’t have any choice. 

Jesus said to go, make disciples, baptize, and teach - THE WORLD. We don’t get to “choose.”  It’s such an important assignment that Jesus repeated it five times in five different books of the Bible. It’s why we exist. God put us on this earth to be a part of His mission. Our church is designed to be part of His mission. Everything else pales in comparison. 

The problem with words like “mission” and “world” is that it often feels like something someone else should do. That’s why it’s important to add Acts 1:6 to the mission. Jesus said, “Be my witnesses.” And He gave us a strategy. Start close – and move out from there. 

It’s time to reclaim this strategy. Not to slow down on world evangelism, but to “ReMission” the local effort. Like never before in our country’s history, the mission field is right in front of us.  There are more than 100 million unchurched Americans living all around us. The U.S. is one of the largest mission fields in the world. And we don’t have to get in a car to go find them. 

What if our churches could turn this country, our Jerusalem, back into a nation that follows Jesus?

It’s a really big mission. There are so many prodigals to welcome home and so many lost sheep to find.  But we’re not in it alone. He promised to be right there in the trenches with us.

It’s time to ReMission. It’s time for a renewed sense of purpose and urgency, compelled by Christ’s love, to bring God’s message of hope to the people in our own backyards . . . or die trying.

The most important thing is that I complete my mission, the work that the Lord Jesus gave me -- to tell people the Good News about God's grace. (Acts 20:24 NCV)

Every Christian is either a missionary or an imposter. — Charles Spurgeon