Mission is always directed toward some end. Put in another way; mission is a future goal and a present reality. If one’s mission was to end poverty, the goal would be the cessation of lack and bringing that possibility of future into the current reality. In the case of the church it seems it would be easy to establish the mission of the church. However, as history makes it clear, there is a vast array of answers. Two theologians born in the same year in the same climate and culture have two very different viewpoints.
“I look unto this world as a wrecked vessel. God has given me a life-boat, and said to me, ‘Moody, save all you can.” – Dwight Moody.
“There is not a square inch in the whole domain of our human existence over which Christ, who is Sovereign over all, does not cry, Mine!” – Abraham Kyuper.
Is God trashing the world or is He taking ownership of it? Perhaps a combination of both? Chris invited us to reimagine what God is doing in this world. In John chapter 20, many parallels can be found with the book of Genesis. This is intentional. John is alerting his readers to the fact that Jesus’ resurrection marked the beginning of a new creation. (John 20:1,15,22) God’s vision of redemption in Christ is for all, it is also for the entire cosmos. He isn’t letting the world rot, rather, he is working to redeem it. We are His partners in this goal, in this mission. We do this by committing ourselves to three tasks: Justice, Beauty, and Witness.
· Justice – we are to confront the forces of evil and injustice.
· Beauty – we are called to create and produce, to bring beauty out of the dust.
· Witness – our lives should be a testament to His story and His mission which has now become our story and our mission.
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