Missio Dei (The Mission of God) – Day 1
“All of God’s people have been given the mission to engage their surrounding world with the gospel of Jesus Christ, not just a few who are sent outside the church to do something called missions”
When we think of a missionary, we typically think “someone who goes to a foreign land and tells people about Jesus.” Yes, there are people with a specific calling – in the early church they were called “apostles,” but the Mission of God is not limited to a select few people who have a foreign calling.
When it comes to fulfilling the mission Christ gave us, we need to recognize that as the church, we are all sent…
The Church is sent by Jesus Christ (Matthew 28:19–20)
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20)
The Church is sent with the Cross (Ephesians 2:16)
But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility by abolishing the law of commandments expressed in ordinances, that he might create in himself one new man in place of the two, so making peace, and might reconcile us both to God in one body through the cross, thereby killing the hostility. (Ephesians 2:13-16)
…we preach Christ crucified (1 Cor 1:23)
The church is sent in the context of community (Acts 2:42–47)
And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved. (Acts 2:42–47)
The Church is sent to every culture (Mark 16:15)
And he said to them, “Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation. (Mark 16:15)
The Church is sent for the King and His Kingdom (1 Tim 6:15)
He who is the blessed and only Sovereign, the King of kings and Lord of Lords, (1 Tim 6:15)
My point? Jesus didn’t say “go find a few people who are willing to go to another land, and send them money so they can tell people about me.” The mission Christ gave is for all believers – all followers of Christ. Sending people to a foreign land is PART of that mission – But the mission is to ALL.
We, the church, are God’s instrument by which God reaches out to all humanity, with the purpose being to bring them into a relationship with Him.
The question that each of us has to ask is, “am I willing to be intentional in fulfilling my mission in the context of how God has created me, gifted me, and placed me in my mission field?
(This post was taken from my message “Missio Dei – The Mission of God” CLICK HERE to listen to the entire message)
We can change the world, one life at at time…