The mission of Grace Redeemer Bible Church is to make disciples of all the nations consistent with the great commission delivered by the Lord Jesus to His own disciples some 2000 years ago after His resurrection from the dead (Matt 28:19-20). Thus the purpose of our existence is to disciple, baptize and teach the nations about the Savior, which is a much more difficult undertaking than simply making Christian converts. The apostle Paul also stressed the critical importance of discipleship training on the mission field when he declared to the Colossian church “we proclaim Him, admonishing every man and teaching every man with all wisdom, so that we might present every man complete in Christ. For this purpose I labor, striving according to His power, which mightily works within me (Col 2:28-29).” The church’s responsibility is thus specifically to make Christian disciples, not mere converts, and this is to be done all within the context of a worldwide missionary perspective.
The local church is therefore by nature an international spiritual organism, not tied to any particular state or government institution, but free from such connections so as not to be politically hampered in its mission to make disciples of all the nations. In fact, the international character of the church was specifically underlined on the Day of Pentecost as well, the very birthday of the church, by the miraculous sign gift of various tongues/languages specifically designed to teach all of those present at the feast the worldwide destination of the gospel (Acts 2:1-13). That this was also the first miracle of the early church speaks volumes as to the great importance of its worldwide mission.
More to the point is that the miraculous sign gift of languages on the Day of Pentecost was also absolutely necessary to instruct its Jewish founders that the gospel is now to be freed from the constraints of the state of Israel, Jewish nationalism, the Jerusalem temple and the Promised Land, all of which was previously critical in the Old Testament in preparing the foundations for the gospel, but since has been transferred to all the nations through the death, resurrection and ascension of Jesus Christ in the New Testament (Luke 20:9-18; Acts 11:1-18; Rom 9-11; 1 Cor 12:13; Gal 3:23-4:7; Eph 2:11-22), “and He gave some as apostles, and some as evangelists, and some as pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of service to the building up of the body of Christ; until we all attain to the unity of the faith, and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a mature man, to the measure of the stature which belongs to the fullness of Christ. As a result, we are no longer to be children, tossed here and there by every wind of doctrine, by the trickery of men, by craftiness in deceitful scheming; but speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in all aspects into Him who is the head, even Christ, from the whole body, being fitted and held together by what every joint supplies, according to the proper working of each individual part, causes the growth of the body for the building itself up in love (Eph 4:11-16).”
That we at Grace Redeemer Bible Church are the recipients of the gospel of love and liberty in the far reaches of the Pacific Northwest is a great testimony to the prophetic meaning of the Day of Pentecost. It is also a tremendous motivating factor for us as well to return the favor to others who are out in different mission fields. Please notice the list of various missionaries below that we are personally involved with, and support either through the mighty power of prayer or financially:
- Jim & Phyllis Myers—Kiev, Ukraine
- Vasya & Marina Munko—Lviv, Ukraine
- Igor & Julia Smolyar—Zhitomir, Ukraine
- Zhenya & Vika Safchenko—Baryshivka, Ukraine
- Sasha & Julia Ryabchenko – Turkey
- Ralph & Cindy Larosa—Philippines
- Gena Zinchenko – Sinkovki, Ukraine
- Dan Pollard – Baryshivka, Ukraine
- Bret Nazworth – DM2 Leadership
- Van Ro Lian & Steve Sang – Myanmar
- Several Churches outside of Ukraine in the Former Soviet Union
- Jeff Welch – Word of Life
- Lyosha Savchuk – Chernigiv, Ukraine
- Andrei Sasonenko & Volodya Feldman – Mogilev, Belarus
WORD OF GOD BIBLE COLLEGE – KIEV, UKRAINE
Pastor Mark Musser worked extensively with James F. Myers Ministries on the mission field in Kiev, Ukraine between 1998-2004. In 2000, James F. Myers Ministries established a Bible College to train up men and women for ministry purposes. Today, there are a number of graduates serving as pastors, assistant pastors, evangelists, missionaries, teachers and other ministry venues in Ukraine and other parts of the former Soviet Union. As of August 2018, Mark has since returned to the mission field. Pastor Andy Stacy is also involved in short term mission trips.
The Five Pillars of the Protestant Reformation in Chinese – Sola Scriptura, Sola Gratia, Sola Christo, Sola Fide, and Soli Deo Gloria – which translated from the original Latin means the “Bible alone, grace alone, Christ alone, faith alone, and the glory of God alone.”
“Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age (Matthew 28:19-20).”