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Are missions important for the church?

"Then Jesus came to them and said, 'All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.  Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.  And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.'"   Matthew 28:18-20

Are missions important for the church?  Jesus commanded us to go into all nations and baptize and disciple new believers.  Churches have been planted in communities to reach, teach, and minister to people.  But not only are we to reach, teach, and minister to the people in our communities, we are also commanded to to go into all nations and do the same.  Jesus again spoke to His followers in Acts 1:8 and said, "But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth."  Missions begins at home and spills over into all nations.  Missions are important for the church.  Jesus gives us the power and the authority to spread the gospel to everyone.  Let's embrace missions as individuals and as a corporate body, and let's glorify God in all that we do!

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