"As the Father has sent me, so I send you" - Jesus, John 20:21.
Today we begin a major new section of mission in "Contemporary Testimony: Our World Belongs to God."
Paragraphs 1-6: Preamble (April 11-29)
Paragraphs 7-12: Creation (April 30-May 8)
Paragraphs 13-17: Fall (May 11-15)
Paragraphs 18-22: Redemption (May 18-22)
Paragraphs 23-27: Jesus Christ
Paragraphs 28-30: Holy Spirit
[On our part in God’s mission, see Matthew 28:18-20, Luke 24:45-49, and John 17:18; on seeing our mission beyond our local community, Matthew 24:14 and Acts 13:1-3; on meeting the needs of people, Matthew 25:31-46 and Luke 4:18-19; and on the centrality of mission to our being, John 20:21.]
I love how this last sentence, "this mission is central to our being," sets up this entire important section of the Testimony. We can well read it globally, "the mission is central to the world-wide church's being," or collectively, "the mission is central to the Fellowship Church's being." But we might also read it personally, "the mission is central to the my being." All three meanings operate together.
One of our church's five directional statements reads, "We will pursue a holistic ministry that encompasses both discipleship and social concerns; giving us the opportunity to share the message of Christ’s saving love." I so appreciate the dual role of proclamation and activity, of speaking and doing, of sharing the gospel in word and deed, expressed in Paragraph 41.
And I especially appreciate the reminder that this is not our mission or my mission, it is God's mission. How humbling and how exciting it is that God would carry out his mission through us!
PS - On Sunday we have two live events, the Lord's Supper followed by the AGM. I hope you will make plans to join us.