Core Values: Mission
a) When we think of mission, we think of the all-encompassing mission of God to redeem mankind and bring healing to the land. It is reflected in the Lord’s Prayer when we ask, “Thy Kingdom come, thy (King) will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”
b) Missions is ministry which fulfills the Great Commission by proclaiming the Gospel of Jesus Christ cross-culturally through evangelism, discipleship, church planting, and church leadership development, giving priority to the least reached. Missions is a part of the Church’s total mission.
c) Mission describes who the Church is and what the Church does to advance Christ’s kingdom for his glory. Missions describes the Church’s activity to advance Christ’s kingdom across language, cultural, socio-economic, ethnic and spiritual boundaries.
Five components of living on mission…
1. Exposure, v. 1
Biblical examples of exposure to Jesus…
a) Zacchaeus- Luke 19
b) sinful woman- Luke 7
c) road to Emmaus- Luke 24
2. Truth, v. 2
“Behold, the days are coming, declares the Lord God, when I will send a famine on the land- not a famine of bread, nor a thirst for water, but of hearing the words of the Lord. They shall wander from sea to sea, and from north to east; they shall run to and fro, to seek the word of the Lord but they shall not find it. In that day the lovely virgins and the young men shall faint for thirst.”
3. Belief, v. 3-4
4. Faith, v. 5
Intersectionality the interconnected nature of social categorizations such as race, class, and gender as they apply to a given individual or group, regarded as creating overlapping and interdependent systems of discrimination or disadvantage.
“When he had entered Capernaum, a centurion came forward to him, appealing to him, “Lord, my servant is lying paralyzed at home, suffering terribly.” And he said to him, “I will come and heal him.” But the centurion replied, “Lord, I am not worthy to have you come under my roof, but only say the word, and my servant will be healed. For I too am a man under authority, with soldiers under me. And I say to one, ‘Go,’ and he goes, and to another, ‘Come,’ and he comes, and to my servant, ‘Do this,’ and he does it.” When Jesus heard this, he marveled and said to those who followed him, “Truly, I tell you, with no one in Israel have I found such faith. I tell you, many will come from east and west and recline at table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven, while the sons of the kingdom will be thrown into the outer darkness. In that place there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.” And to the centurion Jesus said, “Go; let it be done for you as you have believed.” And the servant was healed at that very moment.
5. Authority, v. 6-12
Does your life make sense apart from what you believe about Jesus?
How often do you talk intentionally about spiritual things with people who are not believers?
Is there anything that you question in your heart but don’t put words to?
Do you ever miss what God is really saying or doing? How long after the fact before you realize it?
Are you more moved by people’s faith or need?