A Biblical rationale
for our ongoing vision of providing God’s word to every people group that needs scripture in their mother tongue, while continually updating how we assist the church in carrying out this vision.



1. God’s people have always had to keep in step with God’s developing plans and changes in his world.

  • Paul’s approach to reasoning with Jews in the synagogue is changed when he addresses Greeks in the market place at Athens [Acts 17:17 & 22]. 
  • Paul does not regard every method as appropriate and some he declines to use [1 Cor 2:1-5] but he does justify using ‘all possible means’ to achieve his greater aim [1 Cor 9:19-23]. 

2. The ultimate goal of mission remains the glory of God.

  • Although missions do benefit people, their goal is God-centred as both the OT and NT show that the redeemed glorify God for his mercy [Rom 15:8-12].
  • Proclaiming Jesus aims to bring all nations to believe and obey him so that God should be glorified [Rom 16:25-27].

3. God’s mission purpose is focused on reaching ‘people groups’.

  • As far back as the promise to Abraham God says ‘all peoples’ will be blessed [Gen 12:3] and the Great Commission explicitly refers to ‘all the nations’, although the Greek definite article is omitted in some English translations [Mat 28:18-20].
  • The final goal of missions is not to obliterate the distinctions of the peoples but to gather them into one diverse but unified body of peoples [Rev 5:9].

4. God first communicated with humankind by the spoken word.

  • In what was primarily an oral culture God’s revelation was expected to be passed on to the next generation by word of mouth [Ps 78:1-4],
  • Since that revelation was intended for wider distribution much of it was then written down  [Jer 30:2].

5. Mother tongue communication is the ideal for evangelism & church growth.

  • While other ministries have their place in mission, word-based ministries are essential to bring salvation to the lost [Rom 10:17].
  • As soon as the Holy Spirit descended in power at Pentecost he enabled each person to hear the message ‘in his own language’ [Acts 2:5-11].

6. Local churches have real obligations as part of the universal Church.

  • God has one single mission purpose involving both local evangelism and international dimensions which only the whole universal church can fulfil [Acts 1:8].
  • Since Jesus’ plan involves not either/or but both/and then mutual partnerships with other churches and agencies are called for [John 10:16].

7. International obligations are part of the harmony of the Body.

  • Collecting money in Greece for poor Christians in Jerusalem is seen as a privilege and a proof of love [2 Cor 8-9]. 
  • Despite difficulties of travel, individuals did visit other countries to convey these gifts [Rom 15:25-27].

8. ‘Fellowship’ [koinonia] between Christians & churches covers a wide range of activities.

  • Paul is thankful for his ‘partnership’ with the Philippian church, not only for their money but also for prayers and the friend they sent to encourage him [Phil 1:3-5, 2: 25, 4:14-19].
  • Sharing with another church to assist their work is not meant to impoverish the giver but that there might be equality in the wider body of Christ [2 Cor 8:13-15].

9. Alongside language and evangelistic work a wider holistic ministry will demonstrate the compassion of the God we represent.

  • God’s people are not only to speak out the truth, they are also to live it out by practising good works [Gal 6:7-10].
  • Such good works will commend the gospel to outsiders and back up its message [Act 9:32-42].

How are we applying these principles?

"Scripture is clear. Our responsibilities do not end with Jerusalem."

George Verwer

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