What better time to think on missions than Christmas when we celebrate the birth our Lord Jesus Christ who came to “save his people from their sins.” Churches should prioritize their missions toward toward the Spiritual. It is good to do social and good works missions, but supporting missions that emphasize the gospel should be the number one priority.
As Bro. Piper writes,
One Lord, One Faith, One Mission
“Global missions should not feel threatened by local mission, but thrilled by it, and local mission should not feel threatened by global missions, but thrilled by it. Jesus calls his church to mission at home and missions among every people on the planet. Local mission and global missions.
There is one Christian mission. We are not to be torn between casting our support behind mission among a reached people and missions to the unreached. Jesus’s mission is one seamless garment that covers every nook and cranny of our city and every people on the planet.”
Also as a Crossway article points out,
“The mission of missions is primarily spiritual.
I hope we can agree that the church should especially care about eternal suffering. The church is that unique gospel community chartered by Jesus Christ himself. Consequently, it should especially labor to fulfill its unique mission to guard the gospel, proclaim the gospel, and disciple those who respond in repentance and faith to the gospel.
God intends not only that his mission would go forward but that it would go forward on his terms.
If our churches fail at that mission, no matter what other good things we do, we will have failed in the unique mandate that Christ has given us as churches. It is good to do other good things, and our churches may make different decisions about engaging in good works and social action. But it is the stewardship of the gospel that remains utterly unique to the Christian church. We must keep first things first. That is the priority of Christian missions.”