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: 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 1:15:23
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: 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.