EVANGELIZING THE WORLD
THE GREAT COMMISSION
"All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. GO therefore and MAKE DISCIPLES of all nations, BAPTIZING them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, TEACHING them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age." (Matthew 28:18–20)
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The Great Commission includes only one command: "Make disciples" with three descriptions of how the church is to make disciples: "Going," "baptizing," and "teaching." For the church to be faithful to this commission all three of these components need to be properly balanced. An over-emphasis on any to the exclusion of others will result in insufficient discipleship.
Providence understands that the most faithful biblical strategy for evangelism/discipleship ultimately resides in the church. The Westminster Confession of Faith reminds us that the church exists for the "gathering and perfecting of the saints." While Providence encourages a variety of evangelistic approaches, in everything we do, we stress the need for the church.
Pastor Ben, Heather, Elijah, Esther, Emma, and Ethan Hopp
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It was during a visit of Sam Folta and Douglas Clawson to the Freeman church in April 2004 that he began to consider the possibility of a call outside the North American church. His desire was to be used to the fullest possible extent commensurate with his gifts. When the Rev. Matthew Baugh died on the field in May 2006 the question was asked “Who will go?” Heather and Ben prayed and talked, and were sure that they needed to at least consider this call. In God’s providence, Ben's path crossed with that of the Associate General Secretary of the Committee on Foreign Missions at the OPC General Assembly in Chicago (June 2006). He pointedly asked whether Ben would consider Haiti. His immediate response was “Yes!” God had already opened some of the necessary doors in order for Ben and Heather to make this decision, including the approval of their permanent resident status a couple of weeks earlier that June, their recent decision to homeschool their children, and their background in French.
God has called Ben to preach the gospel and help build the church in Haiti. The Hopp's give thanks to God that the same Holy Spirit who worked in their hearts is also at work in the hearts of his people in Haiti. To God alone be the glory!