The early church did its outreach within the framework of meaningful ministry and missions (Acts 2:45, 4:32). One reason that apostles were so flexible in their ministry was because they knew that their overall mission was to preach Christ and make disciples. They accepted suffering as part of that ministry (Acts 5:41-42). Like the disciples, our committment to ministry and missions will impact the greater community for Christ. Through meaningful ministries, we communicate that we care. A close correlation exists between our growth and our committment to a needy world.

Our primary concern should not be for growth, but for missions and ministry for Christ. The growth of a plant depends on three things - the seed, the soil, and the seasons. Missions and ministry create a climate that makes growth possible.

If we are to be passionate in our outreach, we must be involved in life-changing ministries that will touch lives and make a difference. One of these outreach programs is Operation Christmas Child through Samaritan's Purse.

May God give us a passion that will not die, a desire that will be fueled by our zeal for serving the Lord.