Missions and Bethlehem Baptist Church
Bethlehem Baptist Church firmly believes in, and consistently provides support for, implementing Christ’s great Commission (Matt: 28:19-20). Perhaps this passage from our Lord and Saviour is more His commandment to Christians. The Bible presents many examples of God’s calling to His followers. We are to carry God’s message of love, mercy, and redemption through His Son, Jesus Christ.
Bethlehem Baptist Church has provided mission support to the Ukraine, Brazil, Panama, Mexico, Alaska, Haiti, within the 48 contiguous states, such as Iowa, Missouri, and Kentucky. Our church fully supports the Annie Armstrong and Lottie Moon Mission efforts through our faith and giving.
Article XI of the Baptist Faith & Message discusses the role of missions in the life of a Christian. It says…
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples of all nations. The new birth of man’s spirit by God’s Holy Spirit means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part of all rests upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in harmony with the gospel of Christ.
Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. Amen. Matthew 28:19-20 (KJV)
Since 1925, Southern Baptist have been partnering together to touch the world through Cooperative Program (CP) Missions. CP Missions unites all Southern Baptists together into a mission’s team fulfilling the Great Commission.
Southern Baptist’s support of CP Missions allowed the North American Mission Board to send out 5,081 missionaries last year and help start over 1,700 new churches. Approximately 415,000 people were baptized last year as a result of individual Southern Baptists becoming Partners in the Harvest.