What is missions?
Jesus’ last command to His disciples is probably the best explanation of what missions is, “Go and make disciples of all nations” (Matt. 28:18). Basically, go make followers of Jesus Christ. As the original disciples were taught by Jesus and followed Jesus, so they needed to go out and make disciples like themselves; as Jesus continues, “baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you” (Matt. 28:19-20).
In order to make, “disciples of all nations“, the disciples/apostles could not be limit their mission to one local area. The mission was meant to expand to the ends of the earth; as Jesus explained in Acts 1:8, “you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (the local city), and in all Judea (the local region), and Samaria (beyond borders), and to the ends of the earth (international)“. At St. Peters we are dedicated to this task of making disciples in the Fish Hoek valley, Cape Town, the Western Cape, South Africa, Africa and beyond.
Missions is born out of the heart of God. Ever since the Fall of mankind in Gen. 3, it was God’s desire to rescue us from our fallen sinful condition and eternal judgment. Moved in love, God sent His Son to become the ultimate missionary. As the Apostle John would put it in John 1:14, “The Word (God the Son) became flesh and made His dwelling among us“, because, as John 3:16 puts it, “For God so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life“.
Our Missionary partners (local, national and international)
To get a brief sketch of all our Missions Partners, please click on the following link: Missions Partners