Our mission is to equip and connect the saints for the work of the ministry to go into all the world to proclaim the Gospel.
(Ephesians 4:12; Mark 16:15)
“Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me, and I will hear you.” – Jeremiah 29:12
- Pray for open doors
- Pray for boldness
- Pray for protection
- Pray for the Gospel to spread and be received
“And this gospel of the kingdom will be proclaimed throughout the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”— Matthew 24:14 ESV
The phrase “of all nations” is found throughout Scripture, but what does it actually mean? The New Testament Greek phrase is “panta ta ethne”. The word “ethne” is very similar to our English word “ethnic.” Another way to say this verse is “the gospel will be preached to all the ethnic peoples or people groups of the world.” Ultimately, we see this Biblical reality fulfilled in Revelation 7:9-10. As we take a look at the current status of this task, we see that all people are equally lost without Jesus, but all people do not have equal access to the message of saving faith through Jesus.
What is a People Group?
A people group is the largest group through which the Gospel can flow without encountering significant barriers of understanding and acceptance. There are approximately 11,690 people groups worldwide.
How do we determine if a People Group is Reached or Unreached?
An unreached people group (UPG) is a people group in which less than 2% of the population is Evangelical Christians. Globally there are approximately 6,400 UPGs.
Community Outreach at Ridgecrest is all about equipping and mobilizing people to make disciples among those in physical and spiritual need in the Wiregrass community.
Pay careful attention to yourselves and to all the flock, in which the Holy Spirit has made you overseers, to care for the church of God, which he obtained with his own blood. —Acts 20:2
LOVING OUR NEIGHBOR
Although this could literally mean the person living next door to us, in this context we are referring to a “Luke 10” kind of neighbor. It’s fine to talk about “reaching the homeless” or “caring for the orphan,” but we must be careful not to define our neighbors by their situation instead of by God’s design for them. Every person—no matter how desperate or broken—was created to bear God’s image.
At Ridgecrest, we accomplish this by partnering with dozens of like-minded ministries and organizations across the Wiregrass. These partners have similar hearts for serving the community, and we come alongside them to help carry out the work to which God has specifically called them for His glory.