Jesus proclaims some astounding promises, meant to change the way we think about His plan. Among them are two famous ones found in Matthew’s Gospel:
- “And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew 16:18) Whatever else this means, the ultimate victory of Jesus’ Church represents our lasting hope.
- “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.” (Matthew 24:14) In God’s perfect time, the proclamation of His Good News will reach all nations.
These are great promises for us to embrace…and are needed for us to continue. While the big picture is bright and our future secure, the path along the way for God’s people doesn’t promise sustained comfort and only victories. Hardship, suffering, confusion, setbacks, and even casualties represent much of our reality. You’ve heard of and perhaps even experienced that. But the long view fuels our endurance in the present.
Encompass gladly continues our tenacious commitment to the Great Commission—making Jesus known to the nations, especially those where disciples and churches are scant. We aim to cast Gospel vision, partner with churches, and mobilize teams to obey that Commission. Your teamwork with us makes that possible. Thank you!
These may be challenging times. But in a changing world with obstacles aplenty and temptations to withdraw, we focus on the long view. The Church of Jesus Christ will prevail. The Gospel of Jesus Christ will be heard. Our mission continues in light of those great promises!
Encompass World Partners