The new Banner for our web site.
Recently, our web site was updated. Since then, you may have noticed a subtle difference in how we depict “Come, Go With Us”. Did you notice the comma? It was not there before. But we have decided to add a "comma".
In 2008, we began the process of preparing for the mission field. One of the first things we had to do was to find a way of processing donations in a legal and tax-exempt manner. The option of going through a sending agency or a mission board did not seem the best fit for us so; we opted to create our own organization. We formed a South Carolina non-profit corporation and obtained our 501(c)(3) to allow the federal government to treat us as a non-profit charity. Of course, we needed a name. I have created a few businesses in the past and have always struggled with the best choice for a name. But this time, the name just “jumped” out at me immediately - “Come Go With Us”. From the first moment it popped into my head, it sounded perfect. Our thinking was...we were going to become missionaries…and in doing so, we would always endeavor to involve others in the process. I can remember sitting in a pew listening to missionaries telling about their experiences and wondering after they had gone, if I would ever hear from them again. I never did. I felt that was a bit impersonal of them and I did not want to be that kind of person. I wanted us to always be transparent with our work and to strive to maintain communications at all times; and to also hope to inspire others to be more involved in the ministry of fulfilling the “Great Commission”. As we were called to the ministry, it was obvious that if any of us are to be serious with our Lord and Savior, we MUST be proactive in missionary work – either from home or abroad (Acts 1:8). After all, that is what Jesus commanded us to do – ALL OF US! (Matthew 28:19)
Come Go With Us just seemed the perfect theme for this ministry. It had a good message – come to the mission field with us in some form or another – either by praying for us…financially supporting us…or by coming to the mission field either on a mission trip or by making the life decision to become a full time missionary. Come Go With Us is our invitation to the work of fulfilling the “Great Commission” – together!
It has a very clear meaning. Something like: HEY, how bout coming here and joining with us in this effort?
Or, it means: Let’s take a trip together…Lets go see something amazing together…Travel with us where we go…Come with us to wherever we are going and join with us there.
I was satisfied with the message of Come Go With Us.
I believe God gave me that name. It came so easy and had such a pertinent message. It clarified exactly how we felt.
Then, about a month ago, Pastor Francis (the pastor of the church here at GSO - Hillside Fellowship Church) preached a message on:“Come, unto Me” Matthew 11:28. I was immediately reminded of our ministry name and how much it reminded me of his message. But, there was a difference - a difference in the overall meaning of the phrase, simply because of the comma.
Here, the sentence using the statement “Come, unto me” is different than “Come unto me”. The only difference is the “comma”. Come unto me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest. Says to me…Come, have a relationship with me…let me save you, then, lets have a good time together living life and enjoying this relationship we now have; then let’s get on about the business of sharing this Good News with others. It means; first, lets build a relationship, then
lets get to work.
If we take the name, “Come Go With Us” – without the comma, it just means “lets go out and share the Good News together”. But if we add the comma, it changes the entire emphasis on who we are and what we are to do. It further clarifies what our focus should be: to introduce those who have not heard to the saving grace of Jesus Christ, then to disciple them to the point where they can go out and do the same.
What does the Bible say?
Invite those who are lost into a relationship with our Lord and Savior.
Come [to me all who are weary and heavy laden], and I will give you rest Matt 11:28
Psalm 95:6 Come, Let us worship and bow down…Let us kneel before the Lord, our Maker.
God desires men to be saved
1 Tim 2:3-4 This is good and acceptable in the sight of God our Savior, who desires all men to be saved and come to the knowledge of the truth.
He asks us to "come" and then the miracle happens - He draws us...
John 6:44 No one can Come to me unless the Father who sent Me draws him.
If we are to ever help provide the chance for the miracle, we must share the knowledge of the saving grace of the Father by inviting those who do not yet know...to Come to Him!
GO WITH US
As God calls us, let us then be proactive in what He is calling us to do. Let’s take what we know and share it with others like us – become missionaries with the truth. Let’s be proactive and serious in fulfilling God’s commands regarding the “Great Commission”
Teach them, encourage them and demonstrate to them how to fulfill Matthew 28:19
”Go, therefore and make disciples of all nations”
Be a witness with your life. Romans 12:1 I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, to present you bodies a living sacrifice, holy acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service…And be ye not conformed to this world but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind so that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.
To be saved, is to be transformed into the good will of God…and then to share His good news.
From the beginning, I felt the desire to help empower those we come in contact with to be more than just hearers of the Word. We want to see them become doers of the Word. The way they become “Doers” is to share with them, to teach them, to live with them, to train them, to empower them and to further enable them by providing resources they cannot provide for themselves (with the support of others who are helping promote the “Great Commission” through us).
As we have progressed along our mission field learning curve, it is clear that God is beginning to help us focus on the real mission we were called here to do. He is doing it with baby steps:
· First by directing us to go out and plant the seeds of the Gospel…and to bring others with us (in various ways)…and by giving us the name with which we operate – Come Go With Us.
· Then, by clarifying our purpose by adding a “comma”- Come, Go With Us. Directing us to fertilize those seeds with His living waters, and to find a way to nurture them to spiritual maturity.
Come Go With Us was an invitation to join in this effort.
Come, Go With Us is a calling. It is a calling for ministry. It is a calling to missions. It’s a calling for action. It is the transformation we now see in our lives.
Once again, we invite you to:
Come, Go With Us!
I woke up one day and discovered God wanted me to quit what I was doing for me...and start doing something for Him.