PNG Soul Harvest Mission defines missions as: Is God’s redemptive or redeeming work of building His Kingdom throughout the world by preaching the gospel and making disciples from every nation of the world. God’s primary ‘Missions’ is the establishment of his Kingdom here on Earth. The Kingdom of God can be defined or understood as God’s rule and reign in the lives of His people. The building of His Kingdom comes through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ on the Cross whereby the church partners with God to liberate people from the grasp of Sinfulness and Satan.
Jesus’ mission in Luke 19:10 (NIV), ‘The Son of Man came to seek and to save that which was lost.’ ‘As the Father has sent me so I have sent you.’ NIV (John 20:21). ‘18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting men’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.’ NIV (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
In the last chapter of the gospel of Matthew, Jesus told His disciples, “All authority has been given to in heaven and on earth.
Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:19-21. This statement, known as the “Great Commission”, is the commission of all believers. It is a commission of such great importance that it is echoed in all the gospels; in Mark 16:15, Luke 24:47, and John 20:21. It is a commission that goes beyond just proclaiming the gospel; it involves making disciples by teaching God’s Word. And the true missions of the Great Commission always remain to build the Kingdom of God.
Building the Kingdom of God is the over-arching theme of Scripture, from Genesis to Revelation. We are to build God’s Kingdom in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. This means in our local town, neighboring areas, and cross-culturally. That is why emphasis in every ministry areas of PNG Soul Harvest Mission is to teach God’s Word, discipling everyone in God’s Word, that all might observe and do that which is commanded by Him.
Missions, to PNGSHM, the task of the Great Commission is important for accomplishment both locally and globally for the establishment of the Kingdom of God.
The goal of our mission’s effort is to win individual to the Lord, facilitate and equip them in faith for the task of the Great Commission, to share the love and grace of God to the non-Christian people groups in every tribe, tongue, people and nation of the world for people to find God’s love, purpose and calling in their lives and God’s Kingdom is established (Acts 14:21-23, Rev 5:9).
By Paul Mondo, Missionary, Thailand.