Missions: Core to the Life of the Church
Jesus said to “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age” [Matthew 28:18-20]. Missions is the heartbeat. Jesus instructed His disciples to go into all the world; all their known world and the world beyond their daily borders with the gospel. The local church is unique in its capacity to bring solution on the ground wherever she is given expression on the earth. In local churches all over the planet, lives are being transformed through Christ. Jesus is the hope of humanity and the church is the vehicle He said He would build to reach the world [Matthew 16:18]. Our strategy is to work with local churches in partnership where we can and to support those we share close relationship with who are uniquely called to the work of this ministry in their kingdom endeavours.
We Have a Three Tiered Missions Strategy:
It starts at home. If we cannot serve our neighbours and local community we are unlikely to be able to change the world beyond. We prize our home and local area and have great value on the people around us. Our local strategy is about bringing hope and solution to our own backyard, to the people of our town and community wherever need presents and we have opportunity. Our primary focus is the spiritual wellbeing of people and we seek to meet their needs holistically, working collaboratively and in partnership with other organisations where we can. We encourage our church to be aware of the needs of the people around them and to do what they can, where they can, however they can in their daily lives to serve others. Local missions is all about helping your neighbours and outworking your faith at home.
This is the Great South Land and we love our nation! We have a heart to contribute to solution on a national level, influencing our country for Christ. Our nation has an interesting history. We are multicultural and being Australian often means we come from every corner of the world. We have a heart for First Australians and seeing the Lord touch our country, especially the First People of our land.
In 1606 the explorer Pedro Fernandez de Quiros, sailing under the Spanish flag, mistook the pacific island of Vanuatu (New Hebrides) for the Great South Land. Believing he had discovered the long searched-for southern continent, he held a mass and set off fireworks to commemorate his discovery. It is believed he was the first to use the name Terra Australis del Espiritu Santu – the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit for what we now know as the nation of Australia. On the 14th May, 1606, the Day of Pentecost, Pedro Ferdinand De Quiros made this proclamation;
“Let the heavens, the earth, the waters with all their creatures, and those present, witness that I, Captain Pedro Ferdinand de Quiros…in the name of Jesus Christ… hoist this emblem of the holy cross on which His person was crucified and whereon He gave His life for the ransom and remedy of all the human race…on this day of Pentecost, 14th May….I take possession of all this part of the south as far as the pole in the name of Jesus…which from now on shall be called the southern land of the Holy Ghost…and this always and forever…and to the end that to all natives, in all the said lands, the holy and sacred evangel may be preached zealously and openly.”
We are the Great South Land of the Holy Spirit. We want to see this become a wider truth and a beautiful reality in Australia. This is an area we are currently growing into. We are excited about what God is stirring in us.
Often, when people think of the Great Commission, they think of it in the global context. At Surfside, we are truly blessed to be working abroad with some very special people, all of whom are very dear and close friends of our church and leadership. Since our inception, the church has been blessed in friendship and close relationship with our key missions partners. We have a heart for the nations and seek to expand the vision in our people by thinking across the earth to bring hope and solution far beyond our local community. It is our dream to be the change we want to see in the world for Christ and through Him. The Bible says “For God so loved the world that He gave His only Son, that whoever believes in Him should not perish but have eternal life” [John 3:16]. To this we hold. In the spirit of unity and the bonds of brotherly peace [Ephesians 4:3], we are committed to bringing the gospel of Jesus to the world near and far.
Whether it’s local, national or global, we believe a missional heart is core to the life of the local church