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Being Mission-ALL is Four

After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!””

The apostle John, in two short verses, captures the vista of God’s activity in the world and His overarching purpose.  As the church universal gathers around the throne, we see that God’s “mission”, His ultimate objective is the salvation of those who would be entered into His worshipping community.  A fourth element that should characterize the community of believers is that it would be “mission-ALL”. 

To be “mission-ALL” means that the community has an identity and a role that is intimately connected with God’s greater desire or mission.  The community aligns all of itself, centers all of itself around God’s desire to reach out.  One writer states: “Mission belongs to our God.  Mission is not ours; mission is God’s.  Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in.  Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has a church for his mission in the world.  Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God’s mission.”

To be “mission-ALL” is not an activity that happens outside the context of the community; something that we do “out there” and that is somehow unrelated to who we are as a community. 

At the very least, to be “mission-ALL” means that the community acts, lives and works, at all times, both gathered and scattered, in ways which are an outflow of their identity and which demonstrate their active engagement in God’s work in this world.  So, what might that look like in the cultural context where you serve?

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