PRINCIPLE # 1: PROCLAIM
“How then shall they call on Him in whom they have not believed? And how shall they believe in Him of whom they have not heard? And how shall they hear without a preacher?” (Rom. 10:14).
FirstLove Missions (first called FirstLove Publications) was established in 2006 with the publication of a book on missions called, The New Testament Missionary. This book was freely distributed across the United States and around the world to English-speaking countries to teach people that every Christian, no matter his or her situation or context, is a New Testament missionary. Since then, the Lord has expanded our ministry and borders in five countries on three continents.
The goal of our ministry is to facilitate the advancement of the glorious gospel at home and abroad. When John the Baptist declared, “the kingdom of God is at hand” (Mark 1:15), he rightly pointed out many of the blessings of God are here to be enjoyed now; some of the power is available today; some of the curse and misery can be overcome here and now through the power of the gospel and the presence of the kingdom. For these reasons, it is our primary focus to foster the kingdom here on earth. Whether some realize it or not, when the kingdom expands, blessings are upon all the people. But even more importantly, we exist for one reason: to bring honor and glory to God. And part of that goal to bring honor and glory to God is through the proclamation to the world of who He is and what He has done. We are singularly minded to achieve this one goal: “That his name be great among the nations” (Mal. 1:11).
Our strategy consists of proclaiming the gospel through the spoken word and written word in a number of different capacities, as well as using technology in order to facilitate communications in telling others about Christ.
The Spoken Word
First and foremost, our Lord gave the command to “Go.” This imperative was followed with the command to “make disciples” and to “teach” (Matt. 28:18-20). Therefore, we accomplish this in part through:
- preaching and teaching,
- personal evangelism,
- personal testimonies,
- street evangelism,
- prison ministry,
- military evangelism,
- campus outreach,
- special events (booths, etc.).
The Written Word
The publishing side of our ministry, FirstLove Publications, is dedicated to publishing Christ-centered, gospel-centric theological material in the area of apologetics, devotional, doctrinal, evangelistic, and pastoral. We publish voices from the past and present to offer the body of Christ the best literature on particular topics possible. To date, we have freely distributed more than 250,000 books, booklets, and tracts to thousands of people around the world. Our goal is worldwide literature saturation, “For the earth shall be full of the knowledge of the Lord as the waters cover the sea” (Isa. 11:9). Part of our goal for saturating the globe with religious materials is to distribute 1,000,000 books by the year 2020.
We also recognize the need for quality biblical literature in languages other than English. To this end, we have worked with translators around the world. We currently offer select titles in Spanish, Hindi, and Russian and trust the Lord to provide new translators to bring much-needed godly literature into a multitude of languages as He sees fit.
The world is rapidly changing, and our ability to communicate and connect is becoming easier with each new technological advancement. We believe it is imperative to utilize these gifts from God and to use them wisely for enhancing the truth of the gospel. Whether we use visual images to depict the glory of God’s creation via Instagram or share biblical truths through Twitter and Facebook, we seek to use every means at our disposal to advance His kingdom. This is accomplished in part through:
- Audio Compact Discs (CDs).
PRINCIPLE # 2: EQUIP
“And He Himself gave some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, and some pastors and teachers, for the equipping of the saints for the work of ministry, for the edifying of the body of Christ, till we all come to the unity of the faith and of the knowledge of the Son of God, to a perfect man, to the measure of the stature of the fullness of Christ” (Eph. 4:11-13).
Our method is to adapt to the local culture and indigenous situation. We do this so as to better foster relations with the local people in order to address the specific needs that are unique to each geographic location of ministry.
We have a two-fold approach to equipping: equip short-term missionaries and equip the saints.
Equip Short-Term Missionaries
FLM Handbook. Our official policy statements, guidelines, applications, and more can be found online.
Certificate of Ministry. We offer a certificate program for any individual who desires to engage in the work of missions with FLM. We believe that being Spirit-led is only the beginning of a life-long process of learning biblical truths. We require our missionaries to demonstrate sufficient working biblical knowledge. More about our certificate program can be found here.
Equip the Saints
- FLP literature
- Seminary/Bible Institute/Bible school
- Personal apologetics
PRINCIPLE #3: DEVELOP
“But you must continue in the things which you have learned and been assured of, knowing from whom you have learned them, and that from childhood you have known the Holy Scriptures, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith which is in Christ Jesus. All Scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness, that the man of God may be complete, thoroughly equipped for every good work” (2 Tim. 3:14-17).
A biblical worldview means that you believe the Bible is entirely true and relevant for your life today. To have a biblical worldview is to allow it to be the bedrock and foundation of all that you think, say, and do. Practically, what this means is that the way you approach every single decision in life, no matter how great or small, can and should be answered through the filter of this one important question: What does the Bible say?
The Bible informs us that the God-breathed Scriptures are sufficient to be a complete guide and thoroughly equips us for every good work. While the Bible is not intended to be a book that answers every probing question in our lives, it is sufficient to give us a basic understanding and forming principles to apply in any given situation we face.
Why Is A Biblical Worldview Important?
Every person has a certain set of beliefs that shapes his or her understanding of everything. This set of beliefs will either be shaped by Christ or by the world. “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God” (Rom. 12:2).
Once we capture and embrace the understanding the Bible is God speaking to us, showing us how we ought to think, to act, to live, we will be in a better situation to answer life’s pressing questions. In so doing, developing the saints using biblical methodologies, doing God’s work God’s way will look like this:
- souls saved,
- sanctified believers,
- spiritual gift development of serving others by using spiritual gifts in a local church.
How Do We This?
Part of the answer lies in the fact that we are committed to returning to our ministry areas regularly to monitor growth and progress. More specifically, we:
- follow up and demand accountability through face to face visits or even electronically through staying in contact via the internet;
- mentoring believers and mentoring leaders;
- discipleship, which includes teaching and catechizing.