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THEME: The Battle for Truth in 21st Century Missions

Truth matters. It is the most significant element in the work of taking the gospel to the World. The Great Commission commands us to teach all nations. This requires Truth. But sadly, the primacy of truth rooted in the sufficiency of the Word of God is taking a backseat in many mission programs today. There is a solution, however, and you are a key part of that. Come cruise with On Target Ministry and learn how you can actively promote truth in missions today. Our veteran pastoral teaching staff, who participates in the training of national pastors through On Target Ministry, will join us and open the Word of God to instruct us and increase our knowledge of the vital importance of truth in missions.


1. The Eternality of Truth and Its Importance in Missions (Psalm 119) To truly understand missions work, we must begin with the starting point of Scripture. The Psalmist declared, “Thy Word is true from the beginning.” If this age of skepticism, unbelief, and deception, we must embrace the one true source of certainly in the universe: The Word of God. In this session, you will learn how essential the gospel is to the heart of missions. As truth is boldly proclaimed in its full authority, it alone is the power of God unto salvation.

2. Who Are the Biblical Evangelists and How Did They Proclaim Truth? (Ephesians 4:11) The work of missions began in the 1st century and continues into the 21st century. How did the church take the gospel to the ends of the earth? The work of faithful evangelists turned the world upside down with the true gospel message of Jesus Christ. The office of Evangelist is a gift to the church, but in this day the term evangelist has been misused and maligned by those who do not proclaim truth. In this session you will learn how to identity a biblical evangelist. You will also see how effective these men were in their mission work impacting the whole world with truth.

3. Missions Exist Because Worship Doesn’t (John 4:23-24) The end goal of all missions should be to create committed followers of Jesus Christ who worship Him in spirit and in truth. Disciples of Jesus Christ are those who know truth! Truth leads us into worship that focuses on Christ and glorifies Him and Lord and Savior. In this age of apostasy, when so much “worship” is irreverent and heretical, we must learn how to cultivate truth in the hearts and minds of converts, new and old, to create worshipers who are Christ-centered and biblically sound, grounded in truth.

Dr. Rick Piatt
Pastor of Fellowship Baptist Church in Lakeland, FL
Pastor Piatt has been the Senior Pastor of Fellowship Baptist for 25 years. Previously, both he and his wife Susan were Home Missionaries starting a church in Jacksonville, FL. The Piatt Family moved to Florida from Upper Sandusky, Ohio where Rick was the Pastor at Wildwood Chapel for seven years. He and Susan have three children (Eileen, Emily, and Rich) and 8 grandchildren all of whom are at Fellowship Baptist. Rick has a unique hobby of collecting and breeding endangered exotic animals including primates, crocodilians, giant snakes and boas and turtles from around the world.


Dr. Jim Bearss
President and Founder of On Target Ministry
Dr. James Bearss earned his Master of Theology (Th.M, 1984) and Doctor of Theology (Th.D, 1986) degrees from Trinity Theological Seminary (Indiana). He earned his Doctor of Ministry (D.Min, 1996) degree at the Westminster Theological Seminary in California (Escondido) under the leadership of Robert Godfrey, Joseph Pipa, and Jay Adams. Dr. Bearss has served as the Senior Pastor to three churches: Calvary Baptist Church of the Northwoods in Hayward, Wisconsin (2001-2006); First Baptist Church in Chesterton, Indiana (1988-2001); Grace Bible Church in Meeker, Colorado (1984-1986). Dr. Bearss currently lives near Orlando, Florida with his wife Anna, they have three grown, married children: Sharon, Kristine, and James.


Rev. Jack Jenkins
Pastor of Faith Baptist Church in Orlando, FL

Rev. Jack Jenkins received a B.S. degree from Liberty University in pastoral ministry. He is also a graduate of Liberty Theological Seminary, where he received his M.A. in Religion. Pastor Jack serves as the director of Faith Baptist's biblical counseling ministries, and is on the Board of Directors for Aurora Ministries, in Bradenton, FL. Previously, Pastor Jack was a missionary pastor serving with Village Missions, a church revitalization ministry, pastoring churches in Michigan and California. During this time, he served on the chaplain’s staff at Lakeland Correctional Facility in Coldwater, MI. He previously served as Associate Pastor/Ministries Coordinator at Lakeside Community Chapel in Clearwater, FL. Jack and his wife Gayle have been married for over forty years and have three grown children: Dan, Amy, and David, along with nine grandchildren.