Christianity is by nature a missionary faith and every Christian is called to play a role in the task of making disciples of every nation. Some are called to go as missionaries and some are called to serve as senders.
The mission of God began in the mind of God and not in the mind of man. So many times we make God’s mission about ourselves but God’s mission is not based on human works. Our traditional focus on mission should not be centered around what the church and the evangelist and missionaries are doing but should be focused on what God is doing. Mission does not originate in the people or in the church but in God. Mission is grounded in the nature of God who sends and saves. God started the mission while we were still sinners separated from his presence. Therefore, mission is not a human initiative and it did not begin with humankind. God is the biblical and theological basis for global mission.
There are five applications of the mission of God are: 1. The mission cannot be neglected by the church because it flows from the character and nature of God, 2. God will prepare people for the job since the mission is of him, 3. Christian missionaries, are enabled through the mission of God, to understand themselves under God’s sovereignty, 4. Sacrifice is implied through the mission of God, and 5. Christian missionaries are enabled to recognize that the mission will succeed because the mission is of God.
God started the mission, Jesus Christ enacted the mission, the Holy Spirit gives power to the mission, the church carries out the mission, and the world hears the mission. Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.” (Luke 24:46-47)
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