"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).
Principle # 1: Proclaim
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 enjoy 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 differing 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,
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 most 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 accomplish in part through: