It’s easy to think of the mission of the church in terms of feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, promoting justice, fostering social change, or even ministering to the needs of the congregation. But it may surprise you to learn none of these services are our mission. In future posts we’ll see that rather than being our mission, these services of the church are avenues through which we fulfill our mission.
Our mission was given to us personally by Christ in what is commonly called the Great Commission. It’s part of Jesus’ last words to the disciples in Matthew 28:18-20:
18 Jesus came and told his disciples, “I have been given all authority in heaven and on earth. 19 Therefore, go and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. 20 Teach these new disciples to obey all the commands I have given you. And be sure of this: I am with you always, even to the end of the age.” (NLT)
Clearly, Jesus intended our mission to revolve around spreading the message of salvation through him and teaching new converts how to live his example. And notice Jesus’ first statement—he has all authority. This is important because a “commission” is a transfer of authority and power so certain acts can legitimately be performed. Jesus gave us his authority and power to fulfill our mission.
In tomorrow’s post we will discuss the how we accomplish that mission. Until then….
Live The Mission,