AT THE Church of Jesus The Life Giver we believe that a healthy church must have an ‘outward focus’. An involvement in Missions helps us to spread God’s Message beyond our own region, and we benefit from being part of the the ‘bigger picture’ of what God is doing around the world.
What is “Mission”?
A servant church
When we look at the model Jesus gave us, he served in deed as well as in word. He fed the hungry, washed dirty feet, healed the sick, comforted the brokenhearted and even brought the dead back to life. In Jesus we have the perfect example of how the Church is to exist in the world – it is to be a servant church. (1)
Servant hearted people
Overwhelmingly, Jesus’ message was characterised by announcing the arrival of the Kingdom of God. In this new realm, there is no sickness and no death, old paradigms were turned on their head, power and honor belonged to the servant hearted, and though starting small this community of believers would expand to such an extent that this new kingdom would become a shelter and refuge.
Love and compassion
In its truest form, ‘Mission’ is the result of deep Christian love and compassion. As John 3:16 states, God so loved the world that he sent his one and only son, so that all who believe in him will not die, but will have eternal life. We have a mission because our Almighty God came in the flesh in Jesus Christ, and gave his life as the ultimate sacrifice for our sin.
Standing up in the Synagogue Jesus read from Isaiah, “The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19). The task of Jesus was holistic, it encompassed the whole person, freeing him from captivity, healing physical afflictions and bringing reconciliation between God and his people.
Word, deed, signs and miracles
As we follow the teaching and example of Jesus we believe that others will be reconciled to him through the spoken Word, through actions, and by the signs and miracles which characterize his believers.
a. 1 John Stott, Christian Mission in the Modern World, 1975, pg 24.
b. What Is Mission?”, a statement on Missions, Assemblies of God.