OK, remember, Mission is not my idea. It’s not John Piper’s idea or Billy Graham’s or the Apostle Paul’s idea. IT’S GOD’S IDEA! Which means that He alone has the right to determine what the mission is, how it should be done, who should do it, etc. And this is SOOO crucial. Much of mission today is accomplishing a lot of the wrong things. It’s not only doing damage in many parts of the world, but it’s sapping resources that could have gone towards the Biblical mission we’ve been given.
The next few posts are going to try and help us look at the Word and understand what it is that God is calling us to. We need clarity. I’m going to call in a lot of help in these particular posts because we are treading on very hotly debated issues. So, why don’t we start with this question: what is mission? I’m going to share a few resources with you that I believe BEST answer this question. The following posts will show, further, why I think this is the case. So without further ado, I want to point you to:
- Glen Scrivener’s A Gospel Mission from a Gospel God
- Kevin DeYoung’s The Goal of Missions and the Work of Missionaries
- A few of the paper’s presented at the first Lausanne Congress in Lausanne, Switzerland in 1974.
What we will see is that the mission of God is a Gospel mission. And since the Gospel is news (really, really good news!), it must be heralded. So, proclamation is central. We will also see that the Church is central. She, under the leading of the Spirit, commissions the “sent ones” (literally: missionaries), and those who are sent are to plant Kingdom outposts, that is local expressions of the body of Christ, i.e. local churches. The activities of mission therefore are those that share the Good News, that disciple believers deeper into the Gospel, and that plant Gospel churches among every Ethnicity/People Group (Greek: ETHNE). I’ll unpack each of these core concepts in posts to come.