A Church on mission…
- …Embraces the functional centrality of the gospel
- …Believes in the full authority, sufficiency, and inerrancy of Scriptures (expository preaching)
- …Embraces the call of God as sent missionaries
- …Is actively seeking to be trained and equipped as missionaries as a community of believers.
- …Is dependent on the Holy Spirit to use us as agents for evangelizing the lost world.
- …Develops relationships with the lost for the purpose of incarnating Christ in their lives
- …Practices sacrificial love as a reflection of Jesus in their relationship with others
- …Humbly helps others to find Jesus in their own timing rather than forcing them to make superficial decisions for its own glory
…Is committed to practicing faith in community (sharing a common mission together) risking time, money, emotional pain, and often failure.
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“The church on mission is a theologically informed, gospel-centered, Spirit-led fellowship who seeks to faithfully incarnate the purposes of Christ. The mission of the church is found in the mission God, who is calling the church to passionately participate in God’s redemptive mission in the world.”
- It seems that a lot of church’s that don’t use the missional language are indeed churches “on mission.” Capitol Hill Baptist Church in DC led by Mark Dever and Grace Community Church in LA led by John MacArthur come to mind though not typically thought of as churches “on mission.”
- I love this vision of the church, and I pray and want CrossView Church to be this.
- The definition of the mission is a bit unclear, though I think I know what he’d define it as. He uses “missionary” in #3 and #4. I think the mission to Chandler is to be an agent for evangelizing the world (#5), to incarnate Christ in relationship with lost people (#6), to help others find Jesus (#8). According to his last quote, the mission is to incarnate the purposes of Christ and participate in God’s redemptive mission in the world. That is unclear. For some that includes social/righteous justice. For others it is primarily evangelism. It needs to be clear (read this post on clarifying the mission).
- How do the purposes of evangelism, worship, fellowship, and loving our neighbors relate to each other? They are not simply 4 co-equal purposes. They have some hierarchical and defined relationship and we would do well as Christians dedicated to serving with our local churches to tease out what that relationship is.