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Our Mission

We are to be like Christ in His mission. In prayer, Jesus said to His Father, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world” (John 17:18); and in commissioning, He said, “As the Father has sent me, I am sending you” (John 20:21). These words are immensely significant. This is not just the version of the Great Commission recorded in John’s Gospel; it is also an instruction that their mission in the world was to resemble Christ’s. In what respect? The key words are “sent into the world.” That is, as Christ had to enter our world, so we are to enter other people’s worlds.

It was eloquently explained by Archbishop Michael Ramsey when he said: “We state and commend the faith only in so far as we go out and put ourselves inside the doubts of the doubters, the questions of the questioners and the loneliness of those who have lost their way.” This entering into other people’s worlds is exactly what we mean by incarnational mission, and all authentic missions is incarnational. We are to be like Christ in His mission.

On a Mission

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?” (Romans 10:14, NIV).

“Nothing takes God by surprise. Everything is moving according to a plan; and God wants you in that plan. The devil also has a plan for the world. You will have to decide which plan you are going to fit into. God allows us 70 years and some beyond. The first 15 years are spent in childhood and early adolescence. Twenty years are spent in bed; and in the last five, physical limitations start to curtail our activities. That gives us about 30 years in which to live as adults. If we take out time for eating and for figuring our taxes, we are down perhaps to 15 years. Now suppose we spend seven of those years watching television. That cuts us down to eight years. Our time is short! The time we can invest for God in creative things, in reaching our fellowmen for Christ, is short!”

“God’s plan is that those who have received His grace seek actively to persuade others to accept His divine, free, gracious offer to them. If I fail to invite others to be reconciled to God in Christ, I cease to be an agent of reconciliation, and I show signs of having received God’s grace in vain. Therefore, my involvement in evangelism helps me to share the treasure of God’s grace. Person-to-person communication of the Christian faith is God’s intended way of building the Church; it is the most credible form of demonstrating God’s grace. I need to be involved in missions because God chose to send His Son to human beings. When I communicate God’s intentions to others, through word and deed, the Good News is personalized, and it ceases to be theory or a set of abstract ideas. People are not born Christian. They become Christian. Evangelization is the means by which people are introduced to the Good News of Jesus Christ. Christianity cannot long survive without evangelism. This is the logic that the Apostle Paul sought to impress on the Roman Christians: ‘How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?’ Romans 10:14