Tuesday, July 29, 2008

On Missional Purposes

if the church is to be missional -- on a mission for God -- then what is God's mission for the church?
  • it is a message of God's closeness: God has come close to the community of people, even to the point of taking on himself the flesh of brokenness and loss (i always feel a heaviness at the christmas song, "welcome to our world," thinking about the denseness of the human condition confronted by the carpenter, having to face, for example the death of his friend and then his own)...
  • it is a message of a new community: the spirit is creating an outpost of the kingdom, which offers a new way to live and a new way to be human...
  • and finally, it is a message of newness: in the providential healing from/of the God who is near, we are offered newness, birth, fresh flesh...
BACKGROUND: TOWARD A MISSIONAL CHURCH