Part 7 - The Mission of the Church

The Bible story incorporates two beautiful trajectories – an inward invitation toward God and an outward momentum toward the world. These passages consider that second movement – mission and witness to the world.


Bible Text: John 14
Focus: The future hope of Jesus’ followers is not a vague abstraction. Christians believe that their ultimate joy will be in a place; the guarantee of that final joy is experienced already in the presence of a person.


Bible Text: Hebrews 10:19-25
Focus: Christians believe that the present order will not last forever. In the end, God will remake the world, turning heartache into joy and restoring life back to the perfection he had originally intended. Because they know that day is coming, believers are encouraged to live and interact in new ways.


Bible Text: Colossians 1:15
Focus: Because Jesus Christ has been raised from the dead, all who are in him also have the same hope of life beyond the grave.


Bible Text: Colossians 1:15:23
Focus: The mission of the church parallels the mission of Jesus Christ. As Christ, the universe’s ultimate ruler, left his eternal throne to die for those who were lost, so believers in Jesus must also participate in redemptive activity in order to end the alienation that exists in their world.


Bible Text: 2 Corinthians 5:11-21
Focus: Human society is marked by conflict. Division is everywhere. The Church, as a counteracting agent, works to bridge broken relationships between people and, in Christ, between persons and God.


Bible Text: Matthew 28:16-20
Focus: Because of the finished work of Jesus – and in light of his ongoing reign – followers of the Risen Christ are expected to go to the ends of the earth to continue ministry in his name.


Bible Text: Luke 14:1-24
Focus: The Church is relentlessly invitational. As a consequence, followers of Jesus break social boundaries and taboos, gathering otherwise excluded men and women into loving community. This act of inclusion points to God’s desire to unite all persons in his Kingdom.


Bible Text: Isaiah 6
Focus: God’s incredible majesty, astonishing power, and life-transforming holiness mark his a claim to lordship over the whole earth. Believers who understand and are impacted by these realities go forward to testify in his name and on his behalf.