The mission with a message

The mission with a message

I appreciate all the discussion around mission.  However I’m convinced that changing our models isn’t going to be enough.  When the net affect of the evangelical church on behavior is near 0 we have a problem that goes much deeper than how we do things.  I believe that the version of Christianity many people hold to today has been heavily corrupted by things like rationalism and consumerism.  We have turned God in to an set of objective principles we apply to improve our life.

I think that engaging in mission, domestic or otherwise, is can be a fairly fruitless endeavour if we aren’t any different than the people we are trying to reach.  How do you transform the world, when you aren’t transformed yourself? 

  1. #1 by Justin Baeder on February 22, 2005 - 11:06 pm

    That’s exactly my question, especially since being missional often takes the form of being more like the people you’re trying to reach. When we reach the point where there is no difference…what’s the point of conversion? Is conversion even a reality we’re living out, in such situations?

  2. #2 by john on February 22, 2005 - 11:37 pm

    Conversion is only the starting point of a transformed life, ie. becoming more and more like Jesus Christ. The purpose of the mission is to spread the gospel. The essence of the gospel is (the truth about) Jesus Christ. If that truth is deep within you, you carry the very DNA of Christ – the Holy Spirit. HS is infectious. But you can’t give what you don’t have. I believe many people are lacking in the “Spirit filled life” and are too busy trying to save people instead of simply living and sharing the fantastic reality of experiencing God and living in covenant with Him.

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