We take Jesus’ words literally and seriously when he said to go and make disciples of all nations. We believe that this is a general call that all believers are to follow. The word nations in that verse is a key component and does not refer to the geo-political boundaries that man has created, but rather individual tribes or people groups living within those borders. The Greek word that we translate as nations is “ethne” from which we get our word “ethinic,” and would be better translated as tribes or people groups. It is then our intention to lead all of our members to fulfill the Great Commission by reaching with the gospel all “nations” or “tribes” here in the River Valley, as well as in the United States and the rest of the world.
Another key component to this statement that Jesus made in Matthew 28:19-20 is “making disciples.” As we continue to look at how the first Christians in the book of Acts fleshed this mandate out, we see that their strategy for making disciples was to plant churches. In the same way, we want to be about planting indigenous, reproducing churches here in the River Valley, and, also, in the state of Arkansas, the United States, and the rest of the world.