Missions Conference 2015
ll authority in heaven and on earth
Has been given to our Risen Lord Jesus Christ:
All hope for the nations, and
All praise to his glorious name!
Go and make disciples (Matthew 28:19).
By the Savior’s grace and calling, our mission at Stone Hill is to make disciples of Jesus Christ in Princeton and all around the world. That mission reflects God’s plan for the ages, a plan that the Apostle Paul describes as uniting all things, both in heaven and on earth, in Christ (Ephesians 1:10). It reflects God’s word to Abraham in that in him (that is, Abraham) all the families of the earth shall be blessed (Genesis 12:3). It reflects Jesus’ words to the disciples after his resurrection, Peace be with you. As the Father sent me, even so I am sending you (John 20:21). It is humbling to think about, but Stone Hill’s existence and mission are signs of God’s faithfulness to fulfill his promise to Abraham and continue the mission of Jesus through his people by the power of the Spirit.
Jesus’ call in John, which I quoted above, is sobering. In the preceding verse, he has reminded the disciples of the cost of his being sent by the Father: he shows them his hands and his side (John 20:20). In other words, being sent by Jesus means becoming like him. In a broken world, resurrection life often takes the form of a cross. Below, you will find quotes from faithful saints from the past who have lived the cross-shaped resurrection life. May their words encourage us to remain faithful to God’s mission in broken places for broken people.
“Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell; I wish to run a rescue mission within a yard of hell.” —C.T. Studd
“I have but one passion: It is He, it is He alone. The world is the field and the field is the world; and henceforth that country shall be my home where I can be most used in winning souls for Christ.” —Count Nicolaus Ludwig von Zinzendorf
“If you take missions out of the Bible, you won’t have anything left but the covers.” —Nina Gunter
“Prayer is the mighty engine that is to move the missionary work.” —A.B. Simpson
“The history of missions is the history of answered prayer.” —Samuel Zwemer
“The Church must send or the church will end.” - Mendell Taylor