Happy Mother’s Day

This Sunday, May 14th, much of the world will pause to celebrate Mother’s Day. While not every country celebrates mothers on the second Sunday in May, more than fifty countries worldwide observe the holiday and as far as we’re concerned it’s a day worth celebrating. 

Defining Motherhood

Typically, when we think of mothers we consider those who mother in the physical sense. The image that comes to mind is of a woman giving birth, sacrificing for and serving her child for the next several decades to usher them into adulthood. Certainly this image is a true one. Where would we be without those who embrace the physical call of motherhood? Biblically we see women such as Eve, Mary, and Elizabeth sacrificing themselves to bring life into the world- life that has the potential to change all of human history. Where would we be if Mary said no to the sacrifice of motherhood? Where would we be if our own mothers had said no?

Mothers as Life Bearers

However, motherhood is not merely something that some women do; it’s core to the very design of femininity- and something the world desperately needs. Women give birth to children yes, but as they embrace their unique call as life bearers they give birth in many other ways as well: to books, businesses, relationships, homes, ministries, community, the list is truly endless.

To be a woman is to bring life into every room, every job, every relationship that she touches. We look at Queen Esther of the Bible. Though she did not bear physical children that we know of, she brought life to the entire kingdom of Israel through her courage and sacrifice. In doing so did she not show the heart of a mother, laying down her own life for those who needed her? 

The Heart of a Mother

Mothers are also fiercely protective. We call her a mother bear for a reason. When women arise in their unique call of motherhood, the world is better for it. Women will put themselves on the line for the weak, the vulnerable, any and all who need her feminine strength. Deborah in the book of Judges is a prime example of this kind of motherhood. She arises, a mother to Israel- not a judge, a soldier, a ruler, or even a leader though she certainly was all of these things.

No, she chooses to define herself for her mother’s heart. The kind of fierce love that lies in the heart of a mother sees the desperate need around her and adopts it heart and soul, refusing to remain silent. Where would the world be without this kind of mother: the Mother Theresa’s of the world who see a need and meet it with love over and over again? 

Happy Mother’s Day

On this Mother’s Day we see and honor mothers everywhere, those nurturing life both physically and spiritually. The global church desperately needs women to arise as mothers: to see the desperate need of a hurting world and adopt that pain as their own. We need mothers in every nation to arise in motherhood and bring life to dead places, nurturing both physical and spiritual life in the children of her body as well as the children of this lost and broken world. Mothers: we honor you, we need you, and we love you. Happy Mother’s Day from Global Catalytic Ministries, and the church around the world.  

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We believe the Scriptures, both the Old and New Testaments, are inspired by God and are the revelation of God to man, the infallible, authoritative rule of faith and conduct. (2 Timothy 3:15-17, 1 Peter 1:21)

We believe that there is one God, eternally existent who has revealed Himself as embodying the principles of relationship and association as Father, Son and Holy Spirit. (Deuteronomy 6:4, Luke 3:22)

We believe in the deity of our Lord Jesus Christ, in His virgin birth, in His sinless life, in His miracles, in His atoning death through His shed blood, in His bodily resurrection, in His ascension to the right hand of the Father where He intercedes for us, in His present rule as Head of the Church, and in His personal return in power and glory. (Matthew 1:23, Luke 1:31)

We believe in the creation of mankind in God’s image, and the fall of man, resulting in universal guilt and total depravity; and the necessity, therefore, of redemption and restoration; that all men and women are lost spiritually and face the judgment of God, that Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation, and that repentance of sin and faith in Jesus Christ is necessary for regeneration by the Holy Spirit. (Genesis 1:26-27, Genesis 2:17)

We believe salvation is received through repentance toward God and faith toward the Lord Jesus Christ. By the washing of regeneration and renewing of the Holy Spirit, being justified by grace through faith, man becomes an heir of God, according to the hope of eternal life. (Luke 24:47, John 3:3)

We believe in the resurrection of both the saved and the lost; the saved unto the resurrection of eternal life in the presence of our Lord, and the lost unto the resurrection of damnation and eternal punishment. (Matthew 25:46, Mark 9:43-48)

We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ and that all true believers are members of His body, the Church, which has the duty to preach the Gospel to every person. (Ephesians 1:22-23, Ephesians 2:22)

We believe that we must dedicate ourselves to prayer, to the service of our Lord, to His authority over our lives, and to the ministry of teaching, preaching, the prophetic, the apostolic, and evangelism. (Ephesians 4:11-13)

We believe in upholding the ordinances of the church of water baptism and holy communion.

The ordinance of baptism by immersion is commanded by the Scriptures. All who repent and believe in Christ as Savior and Lord are to be baptized. Thus, they declare to the world that they have died with Christ and that they also have been raised with Him to walk in newness of life. (Matthew 28:19, Mark 16:16, Acts 10:47,48, Romans 6:4)

The Lord’s Supper, consisting of the elements—bread and the fruit of the vine—, is the symbol expressing our sharing the divine nature of our Lord Jesus Christ (2 Peter 1:4), a memorial of His suffering and death (1 Corinthians 11:26), and a prophecy of His second coming (1 Corinthians 11:26), and is enjoined on all believers “till He comes!”