Special Forces Christians Series – Is your Church Missions-minded?
In the first part of my Special Forces Series, “Are You a Special Forces Christian?” I gave the definition of a Special Forces Christian (SFC) and a challenge for us all to move forward in the Lord’s work. For this second in the SFC Series, I have a challenge for our local Christian Churches.
Men and women are standing up for Christ regardless of the risks. It’s time for our local churches to join the Special Forces Christian coalition.
Are you in the dark?
You may be surprised to know that many churches today are not interested in supporting ambassadors for Christ. Sadly, some in leadership would rather keep the congregation (and tithes) inside the church rather than pursuing projects or missions outside. Is this your church?
In a recent conversation I had with a Voice of the Martyrs (VOM) representative, he told of the approximate 200 pastors in as many churches he called last year, only a few were interested in his presentation. Those who conceded to hear him speak permitted usually about 5 minutes for a quick slide show. Can a congregation learn how to respond to worldwide persecution against Christians in 5 minutes?
It’s time to get informed!
I’m of the opinion that we’re in the Last Days. SFCs are on the move. They use their paychecks and vacation time to smuggle Bibles and technology into China, Pakistan, and Colombia.
Christians like you, in your own community, are ready to stand up and face risks and sneers for Christ. Why? Because the message of the Cross is worth it. But few people act alone. You may need to be the first to step out.
Public ambassadors like VOM representatives cover the country as official volunteers. Your church has probably been contacted in recent months. They’re not asking for money.
If your church doesn’t welcome and/or support Christian missionaries, you’re probably not informed on SFCs in your community and in the world. And if you’re not aware of these soldiers, or their needs, you won’t know how to join or respond.
It’s time to take action!
One of my fondest memories as a child was my parents welcoming missionaries from distant lands into our home from Burma, South America, and Africa – these were Special Forces Christians!
There are many missionaries in your state at any given time that are back from the field, or on furlough, that would love to inspire your church members. Set up a Sunday guest speaker. Host a mission’s conference, even if you have only a single missionary guest.
Be the one to get the ball rolling in your church. If it is already rolling, help keep it rolling!
In Part 3 in the Special Forces Christian Series, “Activate the Three Vs,” I will continue the challenge with ways to step away from being lukewarm, to become an active Special Forces Christian. I’d love to hear your thoughts on this challenge. Please leave a comment!
Hope to see you in the field!