For the last twenty years the mission statement for Kensington Temple London City Church has been: London and the World for Christ. We see it often when we enter the KT building and on the front cover of Revival Times every month, but how can you play you part in seeing it fulfilled? Our Cells4Mission programme has the answer.
A mission statement is a formal short written statement of the purpose of an organisation. Our mission statement guides the actions of the church, highlights its overall goal, provides a sense of direction, and guides decision-making. Our mission statement of London and the World for Christ provides the framework or context within which the church's strategies are planned.
Our focus then is on winning and influencing our society for Christ and extending that influence overseas. Everything that Kensington Temple London City Church does should be able to be understood in this setting.
The definition of a vision is: An image of the future that we seek to create. For KT that is: to establish a radical disciple making centre that extends across London through a city network of churches, cells and ministries that penetrate every area of society and impact the nations. As you can see the cells are at the heart of our vision - all of the KTLCC churches and ministries are to be founded on cell principles. Once we understand the vision it is possible to decide specific activities that will enable the vision to become a reality. Our goals are:
1. Church growth: to grow new leaders and multiply new cells 2. Start new congregations: to start new cell congregations and to grow existing ones 3. To evangelise London and other cities 4. To evangelise the nations 5.To resource special ministries that will influence all areas of society and culture for Christ 6. To reach society by engaging the Giants of Influence Think about the mission and vision statements and our goals. What can you do in your cell in order to fulfil them?
GAP is short for Gospel for all Peoples, which exists to facilitate our KT cells to reach nations through three missionary activities:
I. Praying for the nations II. Going to the nations III. Giving to the nationsIt's time for us to reach the nations.
And Jesus came and spoke to them saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit" Matthew 18:18-19
The Great Commission was given to the whole Church, not just the apostles or the disciples of the first century. Matthew 28:18-20 tells us that that every Christian should have a global view of outreach. So, each one of us should have a heart for the "nations". Each one of us needs to accept responsibility for reaching the world with the gospel.
"You shall receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you; and you shall be witnesses to Me in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria and to the end of the earth" Acts 1:8.
One of the main purposes of the baptism in the Holy Spirit is for God to empower us for mission. If you have been baptised in the Holy Spirit then you have been ordained and empowered as a missionary to the whole world! In this verse we see again the call for mission is a global one. We can see how Jesus breaks down the mission field into four focal points:
Jerusalem was the home base of the early church, the starting point. Wherever else the disciples would preach the gospel it was clear that Jerusalem was the starting point. For KTLCC cells and cell members our 'Jerusalem' is London.
Judea referred to the southern part of Israel and what was once the kingdom of Judah, for us today in KTLCC the comparison would be England or the UK.
Samaria was the adjacent region to Judea which corresponds to much of ancient Northern Israel. The Jews generally disliked the Samaritans but were still linked to them ethnically and historically. To continue our analogy with London, Samaria would be equivalent to Europe.
One of the wonderful things about KT is that at last count we had 119 different nationalities as part of our fellowship. We are possibly the most multinational church in the world! Wherever you originate from, while you are with us London becomes your 'Jerusalem'. However if the Lord blessed us with people from all the nations, he must surely have a strong anointing for us to return the blessing to the nations of the world through mission. Even before the day of Pentecost had arrived the disciples had a world vision for missions - and so must we.
Our intention for KTLCC as a cell church is that the whole of our ministry should be done through cells. Our cells are not just to reach our friends, neighbourhoods or even our city. Each one of our cells and each one of our cell members should also be impacting the nations as well. In some churches they have a Missions department or missions team but at Kensington Temple all our cells and cell members are the Missions team!
Think how Acts 1:8 challenges you personally about taking responsibility for global mission. Do you think you have already been responding to it or is this a new challenge for you in your life and cell?
What would you say to a Christian that said that Global Mission is only for specialist 'Missionaries' and that normal Christians don't need to be concerned about it?
There are 3 practical aspects for us to fulfil our missions calling: 1. Cells praying for the nations "Ask of Me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the earth your possession" Psalm 2:8
Prayer is the foundation upon which all missionary success is built. Prayer also fuels our zeal for world mission. As we pray for the nations we also receive a heart for them. We ask cell leaders to plan that every fourth week in the month their group has a missions focus. 2. Cells going to the nations "Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature." Mark 16:15
We have already seen that the Lord has commanded us all to be involved with global missions. Each one of us should prayerfully consider how we will go on missions as individuals and together as part of our cell.
3. Cells giving to nations You Philippians well know, and you can be sure I'll never forget it, that when I first left Macedonia province, venturing out with the Message, not one church helped out in the give-and-take of this work except you. You were the only one. Even while I was in Thessalonica, you helped out - and not only once, but twice. Not that I'm looking for handouts, but I do want you to experience the blessing that issues from generosity.
Philippians 4: 15-16 (Message Bible) Giving to Missions in the New Testament Church was always above and beyond the tithing and regular giving that resourced the work of the local church. Without Missions giving Paul would not have had the resources necessary to reach the nations effectively. During your monthly Missions focus in the cell remember the enormous need for resourcing that our vision to reach London and the world for Christ requires. It's time for us to give to save the nations. Think about what God is calling you to do in each of these three areas:
• Praying • Going • Giving
At KT we have a special burden for the unreached people groups. Almost 2 billion people (27.9% of the world) are still essentially cut off from access to the Gospel. Many of these peoples live in major urban centres, but others are more remote and rural. All continue to be largely "ignored" by the Great Commission Christian world.
Researchers tell us that if all the mission organisations from every continent continue to grow at current rates and continue to increase (and decrease) the number of missionaries at current projected rates, the Least Evangelised Peoples of the world will still be 23 - 25% in 2025. The slight reduction in percentage is misleading. The actual number of people will be significantly greater as the Least Evangelised block of the world grows by 12 million a year.
The Joshua Project lists more than 7,000 Unreached People Groups on their website. As you can see they are found throughout the world:
South Pacific - 21 Southeast Asia -657 Northeast Asia - 457 South Asia - 2,910 Central Asia - 854 Middle East/North Africa - 388 East & South Africa - 352 West & Central Africa -581 Europe / Eurasia -189 West Europe -234 Central & South America -192 North America/Caribbean -83
Visit joshuaproject.net/unreached.php to find out more about some of these groups. Find out about an unreached people group and commit to pray for them. If the world was a village of one hundred people what would it look like? Raw population statistics can overwhelm you. One way of visualizing the world and its economic, housing, health, religious and educational needs is to shrink the earth's population to one village of exactly 100 people. On the next page we have applied the earth's racial, economic and other ratios to these 100 people.