Have you ever asked yourself “what is the mission of God?” We hear so much about mission, evangelism and spreading the gospel in our Christian circles but, what does it all mean?
First, God’s mission is our mission…God’s mission is to plant the victory flag of Christ in every corner of creation. The reason for this is so that all of creation will acknowledge him and worship him.
Author John Piper says “…worship is the goal of mission”
In Matthew’s Gospel Jesus gives the great commission to his disciples “Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…” (Matthew 28:19). He commands them to baptize… and to teach the nations to obey everything Jesus commanded the disciples.
God has chosen to act through his people to plant the victory flag of Christ. God’s mission is our mission so grab a flag and get planting!
But what does this mean?
This means that practically, we should be helping people see that Jesus is Lord and King – not just by what we say… but by the way we behave, the things we do and don’t do! We can plant the flag of Christ by preaching the good news to an associate or by inviting people to a place where they will hear the gospel announced – like church or an event.
Having God’s mission on our mind can become a habit… and a habit can become a pattern of life. Imagine the effect we could have by being intentional about our missions being the mission of God.
Secondly, the mission of God leads to persecution…Jesus explained to his disciples about the end times. He told them that “…you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me” (Matthew 24:9).
All who ‘come in the name of the Lord’will be opposed. In the books of Act’s, the disciples are arrested by the high priest and his officials and put in jail. However, God sends the angel of the Lord to release them. He then tells them to “Go, stand in the temple courts” (the place where teachers were listened to!) and “…tell the people the full message of this new life” (Acts 5:18-20). Jesus partnered with the disciples to make himself known despite persecution and opposition.
We hear of Stephen being stoned to death in Acts 6:8-8:1. Wherever the gospel was preached, persecution followed. Yet, despite the persecution the gospel message went out and people were saved to new life.
What does this mean?
As we partner with God in his mission to reach the unsaved with the gospel, we will suffer some kind of persecution. When we do suffer, we must know it’s because God’s word is being effective.
When we embrace persecution, knowing God is working through us, like the disciples we can rejoice in times of trouble. The world was against Jesus and it will be against us as we take His message of salvation into our communities. But this merely highlights Jesus’ persecution is our persecution.
Thirdly, God’s gospel wins souls…In the letter to the Romans, the apostle Paul says, “I am not ashamed of the gospel, because it is the power of God for the salvation of everyone who believes” (Romans 1:16).
God’s gospel wins souls for His kingdom. As the message goes out, some reject it, but others are saved to eternal life.
What does this mean?
Despite our own inadequacies, God uses us to make himself known. When the unsaved hear the gospel, some will respond positively and put their faith in Jesus.
Others might persecute us and reject the message. However, what is amazing is… we get to partner with God as souls are won for his kingdom.
Get on mission with God’s people at St Peters. Be bold – Think, pray & invite.
Invite people to church, to the Life series, and to our outreach events.
As you do this be prepared to see objection & persecution. But, know too, that the gospel saves souls for God’s kingdom for eternity.