Mission is central to the story and therefore central to our vision – and not only mission, but mission through community.
Creation: God makes humanity in his image and gives us the tasks of governing and filling creation, tasks that mirror God’s own activity in governing the chaos and filling the emptiness of Genesis 1:1. Humanity is to take what God has created and work it: to produce, create, cultivate, explore. The true God, the living God is represented by us! God placed humanity in his world to reflect his glory. Our job is to glorify God.
Fall: But our rebellion against God warps this mission. In Genesis 11 the people of the world come together instead of filling the earth and their purpose is to make a name for themselves instead of God.
Promise: But God has a rescue plan. God makes Abraham a promise ‘All peoples on earth will be blessed through you.’ (Genesis 12:3) God focuses down on one person, one family, one nation. But he does so for the sake of the nations. As God’s people live under God’s rule and walk in God’s way, they commend God to the nations. Israel was to be a light to the world (Isaiah 2:5), but they failed.
Jesus: Who then will be this light to the nations? Jesus says: ‘I am the light of the world’ (John 8:12). Jesus is the One who makes God known to the nations. Jesus is the One who walks in God’s ways and so commends God to the world.
Church: Now Jesus calls his disciples to be the lift of the world ‘You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden… In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.’(Matthew 5:14-16)
What does that look like in practice? So mission is part of our identity. It’s central to what it means to be God’s people. Sometimes Christians think of mission as an event. But mission is an identity and therefore a lifestyle. It’s about living ordinary life in community with gospel intentionality – thinking about how we can model the good news of Jesus and talk about the good news