The church is a mission. A movement. A cause. Missions is not a program of the church. The church is a program of God’s mission in the world. Jesus didn’t gather his disciples together except to train, mentor, coach, equip, and empower them to be sent out. Church is the community of believers in which we practice our faith SO THAT we can share the faith we’ve been practicing in words and actions. Committing ourselves to the practices of spiritual growth is a key to being an effective partner in the Jesus Mission – there is no doubt.
We’re on a mission. We’re part of a movement. We have a cause. This is about life and death, about heaven and hell, about sin and salvation, repentance and redemption. This is about hope and healing. About blessing our community and world with passionate followers of Jesus and inviting others to become followers, too. Not one of us can make this happen. But together, under the influence of the Holy Spirit, we can press on with the healing of the world in Jesus’ name.