The Great Commission:
“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
“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)
It is a privilege to be called to go and make disciples of all nations. It is also our responsibility. Jesus promised to be with us and that we will receive power from His Holy Spirit to take the Gospel to people who do not know Him yet. There is a better future for people who have a relationship with Jesus Christ.
The Great Commandment:
Both Matthew and Mark in the New Testament of the Bible relate the Great Commandment to us.
In Mark we read: One of the teachers of the law came and heard them debating. Noticing that Jesus had given them a good answer, he asked him, “Of all the commandments, which is the most important?” “The most important one,” answered Jesus, “is this:
‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’
There is no commandment greater than these.” (Mark 12:28-31, NIV) So the question is, “Who is our neighbour, and how do we love him?” The answer to the first part of this question is “Our neighbour is all of mankind.” The answer to the second part of this question is “We love him by caring for his needs the same way we care for our own needs.”
For the Christian this commandment that we love our neighbor as ourselves requires that we be concerned about the physical well-being of all people.
And how does this concern act itself out to the benefit of others? Physical needs in the form of food, water, shelter, clothing, health care, etc., abound throughout the world. It would be difficult to imagine one person or organization being able to respond to all needs. But Jesus calls Christians not to attempt to respond to all needs but to work within the “Body of Christ.” (See 1 Corinthians 12:27)
Therefore, Influential Missions in particular encourages people who live life hard and we want to be a support for them in times of difficulty. We care about the future of children who live in poverty. God, the Father considers religion pure and undefiled when we care for orphans and widows in distress.
We know that through Him all things are possible (Philippians 4:13) and apart from Him, we can do nothing (John 15:5). We rely on the grace of God to do this ministry and make a difference in the lives of others.
As a team we will pursue missions in different ways:
We are God’s ambassadors in our daily lives. We read His Word and listen to His Spirit. We strive to live like Christ every day in every area of our lives.
Short Term Missions:
We reach out to Aboriginal communities and other groups to spread the gospel, do follow up work among new Christians, encourage the Christians and show the love of Jesus in many other ways. We do outreaches to Pakistan to support the local church and bring relief to poverty.
Long Term Missions:
We work in partnership with Grace of God Church in Faisalabad, Pakistan to bring relief to poverty. We support the church to care for the brick makers, widows and orphans. We established a home in Faisalabad and run many programs to help and equip the poor.
The chaplains of Influential Missions do hospital visits and support Aboriginal people who were admitted to Adelaide hospitals.
We will walk alongside others who reach out to people in need and support them in any way we can.