Missions Emphasis 2015–2016

This year’s theme tells a big story, asks a big question, and calls for a bold response from the Alliance Family.

Gospel Access for all Peoples

The Bible’s Story

God has a destiny for all peoples (meaning all people groups)—that they should gain access to the gospel. This biblical theme begins with God’s promise to touch all peoples with blessing (Gen 12:1-3). It ends with representatives of all peoples around the throne of Jesus, worshiping him forever (Rev 7:9-10). In between are a host of Scriptures that tell this story.

We’re part of His story!

The Big Question

What does it mean to fulfill the Great Commission? If God promises to draw people from “every tribe and tongue” to worship Jesus as we carry out the Great Commission, then progress in fulfilling it must be measured in terms of reaching every “people.”

This helps us realize two important priorities:

  1. People groups need an expression of the gospel and of the Church that makes sense to them in their culture. For the purposes of completing the Great Commission, the term “people group” denotes the largest natural grouping of people that can likely receive meaningful gospel access through a singular approach; and
  2. Progress toward completing the Great Commission is measured by making followers of Jesus within each people group that lacks gospel access.

You can help give access to All Peoples!

Our Bold Response

When a people group lacks gospel access, it can be given to them only by someone from outside of that group. But this kind of “outsider access” is not the end goal. Where gospel access is brought by outsiders, the end goal is to see it transition to “insider access.” Insider access is what occurs when many believers gather in networks of churches strong enough to sustain witness to their own people —and multiply it beyond to still other peoples. This is how the Great Commission will be fulfilled! God is using The Alliance to do this well. And He is calling each of us to be part of His story.

This is how God is using The Alliance!

Missions Emphasis Resources

Alliance churches are mailed a Missions Emphasis Resource Kit each year. Below are links to download some of those materials. Additional copies of print and DVD resources are available while supplies last from the Alliance Service Center by calling toll-free 1-877-284-3262 Monday-Friday, 8 am–4:30 pm MST.

Missions Emphasis Theme PPT and Script: As an additional, online-only resource for pastors and missions leaders, a scripted outline and PowerPoint explaining the theme for this year—Gospel Access for all Peoples—has been developed. Download the “Missions Emphasis Theme PPT and Script” zip file now.

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If you are looking for high–resolution graphics, download the native files from Box.net today. Also be sure to visit the Gospel Access for All Peoples Web page for an online presentation of the posters and video.

Pray for Peoples

As Alliance staff labor throughout the world, and as we pray, we can make significant progress in creating gospel access for those who lack it. Our Pray for Peoples page is a practical and effective tool with descriptions of the seven people group clusters where The Alliance is working to create gospel access.

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