2021 Missions Magazine
As a church we are committed to being a movement of the gospel of Jesus for all people. The gospel reveals that we are more wicked than we know but more loved than we could ever imagine. The gospel shows us that it’s not our attributes that make us accepted, but it is what Jesus has done that impacts every aspect of our lives. The power of this gospel brings transformation to our lives and to the lives of others.
One way in which we become a movement of the gospel is through our calling as the royal priesthood. Being a priest is representing the gospel to others in every aspect of our lives. The gospel not only transforms us but simultaneously manifests its power in our relationships, neighborhoods, jobs and world. In 1 Peter we learn about this responsibility of being priests: “But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of Him who called you out of darkness into His wonderful light.” 1 Peter 2:9
Multiplication is the working out of the gospel in our world. Multiplication is taking the gospel and moving it forward as priests. So, whether we work locally or globally, we seek to do good to all people. Over the years, men and women of Calvary Chapel St. Petersburg have had the privilege of living in different contexts around the world and serving as priests to others. As missionaries they are a part of Bible translation teams, planting churches, serving in orphanages, teaching and doing many other works. All of these examples are characterized as newly created humans living and being the royal priesthood. Our heart is that through this mission Jesus would be made known and His gospel would go forth. (Revelation 5:9-10)
As a church we want to let you know about the people that we have committed to financially supporting in 2021. Please feel free to email these missionaries and let them know that you are praying for them. We want to be a church that seeks to do good to all people by sharing the gospel of the kingdom and fulfilling our vocation as the royal priesthood.
– Pastor Ryan Marr