or mission of the church?
Fundamentally, our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation… It is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world, as that God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God’s mission
-Christopher Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative.
That’s right folks! it’s the mission of God in which the church participates in fulfilling. It is the mission for which the church was made. If any church should wonder what is our purpose, why are we here, what are we supposed to be doing? Well, in the broadest sense this is – our purpose is the mission of God. Mission is purpose. Our purpose is mission.
What is the mission?
Why nothing less than Isa 49:6:
I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.
How might that happen? How do we go about accomplishing that in practical terms?
Well, I think the “great commission” might provide and answer:
Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything that I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.
That’s pretty much it! The way we’re to mission the church made for is to
- Make Disciples
- Baptize those Disciples
- Teach those Disciples
- teach them to obey everything Jesus commanded..
So some might be thinking ‘Right! So HOW do you do that??!!”
Well….. I my personal opinion, as an Arminian Synergist is that it’s in part up to you how you decide to do that. :-)
and… I guess that’s why we write blogs and books and curriculum so on, yes? :-)