This year’s theme is Transplanting Joy. Not only does Five Points want to construct a new building to “be a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor” here in Auburn Hills (Isa 61:3), we want to plant joy-producing and splendor-displaying churches in places where there is no church. Various missionaries will be joining us throughout the week to share what God is doing in their part of the world.
So why does Five Points have a yearly missions conference? Well, there are numerous reasons, but four big ones we want to emphasize.
Missions is Central to God’s Purposes – God does everything for the glory of his name among the nations (Ps 57:11, Hab 2:14, Mal 1:11). It is clear from Acts that God’s primary plan for Christians until Christ’s return is the spread of His gospel to all peoples.
Missions is to be Central to the Church’s Purposes – Jesus’ said, “You shall be my witnesses… to the ends of the Earth.” (Acts 1:8) Notice that He didn’t merely say, “you will witness”, as if this was one task on a long list of activities. Rather our lives are to be defined by taking the gospel to the world.
The Lord bids us to “come and see what God has done, his awesome deeds for mankind.” (Ps 66:5) – Just as the early church “rejoiced” and “praised God” when they heard of what God had done in converting the Gentiles through Paul’s ministry (Acts 15:3-4 & 21:17-20), we want to be inspired and have our faith encouraged as our missionaries from around the globe “proclaim His saving acts in the great assembly”. (Ps 40:9; also Ps 71:15-18, 107:21-22, 31-22; 145:3-7).
We want to encourage our missionaries (Acts 28:13-15) – When we commissioned families to go serve we didn’t just wave goodbye, we sent them. An annual conference affirms to our missionaries that they are still a beloved part of our body. It also reminds the church body of our solemn promise to “hold the ropes” for them.
This year’s theme is “Trans-Planting Joy: From every nation, to every nation.” Not only does Five Points want to establish churches to “be a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor” (Isa 61:3), we want these nationals to also have the pleasure of planting other joy-producing and splendor-displaying churches in places where there is no church. We also want you to know that God has already raised up many missionaries from non-Western nations. Hence, here are two goals we are praying towards for this year:
For God to grant our people a greater vision of what He desires to do through us in redeeming worshippers from every tribe and tongue. (Rev 7:9-12) We are praying in faith that the Lord would send 10 new people from our church to serve in his harvest over the next decade (Matt 9:38), and many missionaries testify that God used conferences like ours to first spark their interest in serving overseas.
For those who remain here to know specifically how they can be involved in world evangelism. (3 John 1:5-8) We believe the Holy Spirit has inspired many about missions who will never leave homes. But many Christians are unsure of what they can do here. We want everyone to have a clear passion for their role in God’s global purposes.
Thank you for your prayers. May Christ use this year’s conference to launch us into new heights of involvement in building His Kingdom… for his glory and for our joy!