“Live On Mission” has been the buzzword of the last ten years. Pastors have revived a more thoughtful and thorough missiology. For many of us, the term mission conjures up the image of an overseas activity, where super Christians share the gospel, feed and serve people, and take selfies with underprivileged kids to post on their Instagram. While these are all noble activities and Biblical, except of course the selfies part, the vision of mission is far too small. An expansion of our vision is necessary, which is why Living on Mission is a frequent phrase from our pulpit here at The District Church and one of our core values.
What Is Mission?
Let’s start real simple: God has a missionary heart. God loves His creation and it grieves Him we rebel and sin,
“The Lord saw that the wickedness of man was great in the earth, and that every intention of the thoughts of his heart was only evil continually. And the Lord regretted that he had made man on the earth, and it grieved him to his heart.” - Genesis 6:5-6
God graciously responds to our sinful rebellion by sending Jesus to earth to rescue sinners through the cross. Think about that closely. God the Father sends His only begotten son to leave the glorious riches of heaven to be subjected to the greatest pain and suffering death by crucifixion, all this to reconcile sinners to Himself. Mission is the story of God demonstrating His love for us through Christ’s death, burial, and resurrection. This missionary work is what has saved us and freed us from the power of sin, and gives us a new identity, but it is also what sends us.
His Mission, We Are Sent
Jesus saved us to send us. Don’t believe me? Listen to the words Jesus prays for us, "As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world (John 17:18).” So when a person repents of their sins and places their faith in the person and work of Jesus, you are now commissioned to bear witness to others. Congratulations are in order because you are part of a movement that has lasted over 2000 years. Congratulations, you don’t need to a seminary degree. Congratulations, you don’t need evangelism training. Congratulations, the results are God’s responsibility, we just need to share the news.
Living on mission isn’t as complex as we’d like to make it. Just tell and show people the gospel’s impact on your life. Living on mission is as simple as serving your neighbors through keeping your grass mowed. Living on mission is as simple as letting someone skip you in line at Bold Bean. Living on mission is simple as telling your friend who just went through a horrible breakup that there is a man far more loving, caring, and faithful for them. Living on mission is simple as owning your failures, rather than hiding them. Living on mission is having someone at your dinner table so they can see what a family looks like. As Pastors of The District Church, our hope is for every disciple of Jesus to be living on mission in our city. It’s not merely for the professionals, it's for disciples. It is His mission and we are to live sent.