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Sharing Jesus in our Communities

It’s clear from Scripture that we worship a God who has a mission to redeem his world.

Acts 1:8  But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”

Matthew 28;18-20 And Jesus came up and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. "Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I
commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

‘The Bible renders to us the story of God’s mission through God’s people in their engagement with God’s world for the sake of the whole of God’s creation…Mission is not just one of a list of things that the Bible happens to talk about, only a bit more urgently than some. Mission is in that much abused phrase ‘what it’s all about.’”

The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative by Chris Wright

Within God’s mission, we also see clearly in Scripture that God calls a group of people, the church, out of this world in order to join with him on that mission. It’s not that the church has a mission, but rather that God’s mission has a church. The church is “God’s own people” (1 Peter 2:9 NRSV) “called out of darkness into his marvellous light” and that they were “once not a people but now… (are) God’s people” (1 Peter 2:9, 10). 

Keith Jobberns
Australian Baptist Ministries

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