Jesus calls us not only to come to Him but to go for Him (Matt. 28:19-20). This commission was given to every follower of Jesus. If you are part of God’s family, this is your commission. God’s love compels us to reach beyond our own needs and wants to others. Unlike secular humanitarians, we share a new life only possible through Christ. In showing love, we become living representatives of God for a world that desperately needs what only He can provide. Our goal is to help grow the purpose of mission deeply in the heart of all our members.
The process of deepening your heart for mission often starts by participating in a project, whether in a family-friendly local opportunity or all the way to Cambodia.
After your first mission experience, do something new or perhaps do the same experience over, but in a new capacity. Perhaps you could model mission in your small group. This keeps you growing and stretching.
Then take time to review your understanding of God’s work in your life and in the world so you come to understand in deeper ways, your role in God’s worldwide task.
The final stage that extends throughout your lifetime is when you exemplify the purpose of missions in your daily life. At this point, you rearranged your time, your talents and your treasures to reflect your involvement in missions. And, exemplifying the purpose of mission, you will persistently and actively recruit others to begin living a mission driven life.
The greatest need of people in the 21st century is relationships. Relationships that are dependable, genuine, authentic, and healthy. God has created humanity for such relationships . Ministry of Healing, by Ellen G. White, has a beautiful quote on page 143: “Christ’s method alone will give true success in reaching the people. The Savior mingled with men as one who desired their good. He showed His sympathy for them, ministered to their needs, and won their confidence. Then He bade them, follow me.”
Jesus has shown us how to restore and build relationships. Evangelism’s first step is building relationships . Mark 5:19 Jesus says “ Go home to your friends and tell them what wonderful things the Lord has done for you and how merciful He has been.” So evangelism involves taking time, talking, eating, sympathizing, listening, and meeting their needs and then introducing them to Jesus.
Purpose of Mission Emphasis Matthew 25:40, “…I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it for me.” NIV, makes it very plain that a Christian has the responsibility, in fact must bear the fruit of giving service to their fellow man. That service certainly should take place here at home in our community. In addition, the Collegedale Church believes that it has the responsibility to provide opportunities for service in a foreign country. This expands our focus from the “happy valley” of Collegedale to a more global awareness. There is a large suffering world beyond our comfort zone.
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