Missions

“The church exists by mission as a fire exists by burning,” said theologian Emil Brunner.

“No one has the right to hear the gospel twice, while there remains someone who has not
heard it once,” noted pastor Oswald J. Smith.

“God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supplies,” observed mission
pioneer Hudson Taylor.

“Let my heart be broken with the things that break God's heart,” stated relief and
development innovator Bob Pierce.

“To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map,” challenged
missionary William Carey.

We at Naugatuck Valley Community Church see the “mission of God,” Missio Dei, as
the redeeming act of God to bring creation into unity and fullness in Christ by bringing
every aspect of life under the lordship of Christ. We do our best with God’s help to live
a life of service and devotion in a fallen world. We desire as a people of God gathered to
dedicate ourselves to and live out in the world the words of Scripture that include these:

Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous works among all the peoples! —
Psalm 96:3

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in
him shall not perish but have eternal life. —John 3:16

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

Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. —Mark 16: 15

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. —Acts
1:8

Then I saw another angel flying directly overhead, with an eternal gospel to proclaim to
those who dwell on earth, to every nation and tribe and language and people. —Rev. 14:6
As a Southern Baptist congregation, Naugatuck Valley Community Church believes that
all Christians are missionaries and that we should “bloom where planted.” After all, we
know that “God chose the foolish things of the world to shame the wise; God chose the
weak things of the world to shame the strong” (1 Cor. 1:27), and that he “wants everyone
to come to repentance” (2 Peter 3:9).

We participate with other congregations in prayerfully encouraging and financially
supporting mission efforts and missionaries who serve faithfully across North America
and around the world. These Baptist servants minister through the Western Connecticut
Baptist Association (www.baptistsites.net/wcba), the Baptist Convention of New
England (www.bcne.net), the North American Mission Board (www.namb.net), and the
International Mission Board (http://www.imb.org). NVCC also enjoys a partnership with
Christian ministries including several churches that have been planted in Connecticut,
the Overseas Ministries Study Center (www.omsc.org) and the Ecumenical Food Bank in
Naugatuck [(203) 723-1922].

You can:

PRAY
www.operationworld.org

www.globalprayerdigest.org

www.imb.org/main/pray/prayerrequests/todaysprayer.asp

www.namb.net/prayerrequests

LEARN
www.christianitytoday.com/ch/131christians/missionaries

www.namb.net/cmr

www.missionfrontiers.org

www.internationalbulletin.org

www.emisdirect.com

www.onmission.com

CONNECT
www.mislinks.org

Many Facebook pages are devoted to missions and missionaries. Take a look.

READ
Ten books to read if you do not know where to begin.

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement
http://missionbooks.org/williamcareylibrary/product.php?cat=0&page=1&productid=622

Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission
http://www.amazon.com/Transforming-Mission-Paradigm-Theology-Missiology/dp/0883447193

The Next Christendom: The Coming of Global Christianity
http://www.amazon.com/The-Next-Christendom-Coming-Christianity/dp/0195146166

Christian Mission in the Modern World
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830834117/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

To the Golden Shore: The Life of Adoniram Judson
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0817011218/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

The New Global Mission: The Gospel from Everywhere to Everyone
http://www.amazon.com/The-New-Global-Mission-Perspective/dp/0830833013/ref=pd_sim_b_4

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible's Grand Narrative
http://www.amazon.com/The-Mission-God-Unlocking-Narrative/dp/0830825711/ref=pd_sim_b_9

Mission In The Twenty-First Century: Exploring the Five Marks of Global Mission
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/1570757739/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

Cross-Cultural Servanthood: Serving the World in Christlike Humility
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0830833781/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

Introducing World Missions: A Biblical, Historical, and Practical Survey
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/0801026482/ref=olp_product_details?ie=UTF8&me=&seller=

SERVE
going.imb.org

www.namb.net/adult-missionary-opportunities

There are hundreds of mission agencies and opportunities available depending on your
SHAPE for missions:
o Spiritual gifts
o Heart
o Abilities
o Personality
o Experience

Ask God, Pastor Tim, and others for direction.
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