Beyond the Horizon
By Paul M. Tucker
Beyond the horizon of our immediate community there are billions of souls lost in sin, error, and worldly pursuits, without God and without hope in the world.
Our task of world evangelism must bring those lost souls into our vision of soul saving.
As we position ourselves and bring these billions "beyond the horizon" into focus, it challenges our resources. The gospel is for every creature, in every place, in all the world. This is a place for the serious minded, the dedicated and committed. This demands the best within us.
Crieve Hall Church of Christ reaches out to the whole world as limits of our time and assets permit. We emphasize building a numerically and spiritually strong local congregation to support going into areas "beyond the horizon."
Since 1966 Crieve Hall Church of Christ has placed great emphasis on campaigns for Christ. This provides a way for many of our members to become deeply involved in soul saving personally. A campaign will involve 10 to 40 people. This provides tremendous opportunity for personal spiritual growth and development, in addition to bringing others to Christ.
These campaigns have taken groups of workers to Scotland, England, West Africa, and in the United States from Connecticut to Louisiana, and from Minnesota to Florida, thirty or more in all, in twelve contiguous states, over a period of 30 years.
In these campaigns Paul M. Tucker usually does the preaching. The planning of the details is done by elder Ray Frizzell and deacon Mike Bates, skilled organizers and planners, with cooperation of many others.
In recent years, our youth minister, Tim Frizzell, has taken groups of 10 to 15 young people on trips to small congregations providing personnel for teaching in Vacation Bible Schools, along with some community service activities. The schedule includes two in Florida, one in Southeastern Kentucky, and one in New Orleans.
This is infiltration of many of our own members in some of the world population with the gospel of Jesus Christ.
Crieve Hall sponsors 10 missionaries in West Africa, South Africa, Australia, Finland, New Zealand, Minnesota, Florida, and Tennessee. In addition, we provide partial support for 51 more missionaries over the world, including Philippines, Europe, Greece, Australia, England, France, Africa, Russia, Switzerland, Scotland, Hawaii, India, New Zealand, and several contiguous states. Amount budgeted in these programs is $593,767.00 for 1996. Our annual budget is $1,357,200.00 total. We are moving "beyond the horizon" to millions of lost souls - "into all the world."
Radio and TV programs are supported financially. Several programs are carefully selected for biblical soundness, as well as for coverage and effectiveness. These include Truth for the World, Search, Old Landmarks, and World Christian Broadcasting Co. This is utilization of modern equipment in efforts to reach "beyond the horizons" with the word of God. The power is in the word.
The whole mission of the whole church is to preach the whole gospel to the whole world in each generation. By the enabling grace of God, the Crieve Hall Church of Christ is involved in doing just that to the best of our ability, time, and resources available. As we reach "beyond the horizons" fondest dreams of conquest for Christ become reality.
And Jesus came to them and spake unto them, saying, All authority hath been given unto me in heaven and on earth. Go ye therefore, and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them into the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit: teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I commanded you: and lo, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world.