“And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
The so-called “great commission” of the Lord to His disciples is found in somewhat different form in each of the four gospels and in still another form in the first chapter of Acts. To get the full message of the commission, all five must be analyzed and organized together.
The most familiar statement is in Mark 16:15 above. This was in the upper room and must have followed the words recorded by John: “Peace be unto you: as my Father hath sent me, even so send I you” (John 20:21).
The commission was then further defined as recorded in Luke 24:47-48: “That repentance and remission of sins should be preached in his name among all nations, beginning at Jerusalem. And ye are witnesses of these things.”
Still later, on a mountain in Galilee, He told the disciples (literally): “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Ghost: Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you” (Matthew 28:19-20). Not only were they to preach the saving gospel, implemented by true repentance unto remission of sins, based on His death, burial, and resurrection (Luke 24:46), but then to “disciple” people, baptize them, and indoctrinate them in all His teachings.
Finally, just before His ascension, He summarized the commission once again: “Ye shall receive power, after that the Holy Ghost is come upon you: and ye shall be witnesses unto me both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea, and in Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Above all, we are to go and to witness to all people in all places, as God enables. – Dr. Henry M. Morris
We would like to extend our condolences to Roger Valenziano on the passing of his grandfather in Brazil. We pray that he and his family will know the comfort of the Lord at this sad time.
MEXICO MISSION SUPPORT TEAM - AUGUST 9th-24th, 2019
Rev. Derrick Bowman under the charge of the FPCNA, is organizing the very first mission team to go and be of assistance to Rev. Jason Boyle, and Brother Lalo Pena, and Marcus Reyes, in Mexico. Below are the specific details of the trip. This trip is not limited to “young people” but anyone over the age of 16 who would be interested in being a part of this Mission Support Team. Details are as follows:
The cost of the trip is $1,500 which includes travel, accommodations, and meals. A payment schedule is included in the application form.
We will depart from Winston Salem on Friday, August 9 and return on Saturday, August 24. Our congregation will provide housing for all team members before and after the trip.
Team members will be responsible for their own travel to and from Winston Salem, NC.
Applications need to be submitted by Friday, February 22 by regular mail or scanned and emailed to Derrick Bowman at email@example.com.
Being able to speak Spanish will be helpful but not necessary for this trip.
The basic trip itinerary is as follows:
Aug. 9 – Travel to the Puebla City airport in Mexico and then drive to Orizaba, Veracruz, Mexico
Aug. 10-14 – Assist Lalo Pena in Cordoba and Marcus Reyes in Orizaba
Aug. 15 – Travel to Mexico City to meet up with Jason Boyle
Aug. 16-23 – Assist with evangelistic outreach ministries at Jason Boyles’ church
Aug. 24 – return home
The mission of the FPCNA Ministry Support Team is to strengthen the witness and testimony of local churches and mission works for the glory of God.
Team Member Requirements:
Each team member must fill out an application form. Attached to your application form you must submit a letter of recommendation from your session, and you must submit in paragraph form your answers to the following questions:
What is the gospel?
What is your personal testimony of salvation and have you been baptized?
What is your current ministry involvement in your local congregation?
What type of cross-cultural missionaryexperience do you have? (you are not required to have previous experience to be considered for a team)
Team members must be in regular attendance in a FPCNA congregation to participate in a ministry trip.
In general, team members must be 16 years of age or older (at the time of the trip). In limited circumstances, exceptions to this rule may be made depending on the location and nature of the trip.
Dating or engaged couples will not be allowed on the same trip.
Each team member must read, sign, and abide by the team policy information listed on the application.
Along with the application, each team member must submit a $100 deposit. Team members will be supplied with a payment schedule. An example is as follows:
$100 with your application (applied toward the first 50% of total trip cost)
50% of total trip cost received by 120 days out
75% of total trip cost received by 90 days out
100% of total trip cost received by 60 days out
Please Pray for
Special Prayer Requests
Dr. Mark Allison, Ron Blair, Francesca Fernandes, Mary Todd, Stephen Kelly, Cathy Lee, May McClelland and Alex Newell.
Pray for Our Seniors
Jean Bynoe, Florence Chung, Mary Long, Sam McAnally, Ken & Yvonne Postill, Grace Saunders, Margaret Schenk, Jim Wilson and John & Thelma Watson.