The Great Commission --
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 unto the end of the age. Amen
(Matt. 28:19-20, NKJ).
Article XI of the Baptist Faith & Message discusses the role
of missions in the life of a Christian. It says...
XI. Evangelism and Missions
It is the duty and privilege of every follower of Christ and
of every church of the Lord Jesus Christ to endeavor to make disciples
of all nations. The new birth of man's spirit by God's Holy Spirit
means the birth of love for others. Missionary effort on the part
of all rests thus upon a spiritual necessity of the regenerate
life, and is expressly and repeatedly commanded in the teachings
of Christ. The Lord Jesus Christ has commanded the preaching of
the gospel to all nations. It is the duty of every child of God
to seek constantly to win the lost to Christ by verbal witness
undergirded by a Christian lifestyle, and by other methods in
harmony with the gospel of Christ.
In 1925, the Southern Baptist Convention established the Cooperative
Program. The Cooperative Program - CP Missions - enables all
Southern Baptists to work together to support missions efforts world-wide.
Through the International
Mission Board, Southern Baptists support 5,444 missionaries
in different countries. Your gifts and prayers resulted in 565,967 (2008 Annual Statistical Report)
new believers baptized in 2008 outside of North America.
Southern Baptist's support of CP Missions allowed the North
American Mission Board to send out 5,081 missionaries last year
and help start over 1,700 new churches. Approximately 415,000 people
were baptized last year as a result of individual Southern Baptists
becoming Partners in the Harvest.
Learn more about the missions efforts of the Southern Baptist Convention
by visiting the individual mission organization websites.