“The Bible relates to only one mission– the Mission of God.”(Church Calendar, Year 19912)
As practiced, we started with theinternal, focusing on issues and challenges we faced within our faith household.
“The Two-fold Mission” Luke 10: 25-29; Acts 1:8 Jesus encountered with a lawyer
1. First, our mission within the household of faith, to love God with all our heart, soul strength and mind.
“Why doing the mission within the household of faith first.” “…for witnessing firstly in Jerusalem, then in the whole ofJudea, the in Samaria, and to the uttermost part of the earth.” Acts 1:8
“Why do you seek the speck in your neighbor’s eye, but do not notice the log in your own eye? Or how can yousay to your neighbor, “Let me take thespeck out of your eye, while the log is in your own eye? You hypocrite, first take the speck out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to takethe speck our of your neighbor’s eye.” - Matthew 7: 3-5
“What does it mean then, loving Godwith all our heart, soul, strength and mind? Or to love and serve God withour heads, our hearts and our hands.”A. Our head calls for the mental aspect of the Christian life, our knowing. We need to know what and why we believe.
“What does it mean then, loving God with allour heart, soul, strength and mind? Or to loveand serve God with our heads, our hearts and our hands.”B. We also seek to love and serve God with all our hearts, to cultivate a personal relationship with Jesus Christ that transforms our lives. This can be done through spendingtime in personal prayer and devotion, worship and reading of the Bible.
2. Second, Our MISSION to the world. “…that the hearts of all true religion is to love God and neighbor.”
It is about using our gifts and time in serviceto God and neighbor. This involves giving away a portion of our own resources sacrificially to be able to share with others. It involves ministering both within andoutside the church to demonstrate the loveof Christ to others. It is a call to dosomething about our faith by serving ourneighbor and serving the world.
Thessalonians 2: 3-10 (1) First, by their personal example. (1 Thes. 1:7) (2) Second, by proclamation. (1 Thes. 1:8)(3) Their, by their love for one another. (1 Thes. 1:3)
Apostle Paul also contrasts what can becalled false witnessing.(1 Thessalonians 2: 3-10) > It springs from error. (v.3) > It comes from impure motives.(v.3) > Trickery (v.3)> Pleasing people thru flattery (vv.4-5) > Greed – profiting from the gospel. > Self-glory – not the glory of GOD. > And because of these, they have become a burden to the churches.
Our MISSION is wholistic. It includes the salvation of God’s whole creation that must be set freefrom the bondage of decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of GOD.
Our MISSION is wholistic.It includes the salvation of God’s wholecreation that must be set free from the bondage of decay and obtain the glorious liberty of the children of GOD. (Romans 8:22)
AugustMission Emphasis Month “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.” (Mark 16:15)