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January 17, 2018, 10:07 AM

On Mission?



Grace and peace to you from him who is, and who was, and who is to come, and from the seven spirits before his throne, and from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead, and the ruler of the kings of the earth. To him who loves us and has freed us from our sins by his blood, and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father – to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen. (Revelation 1:4-6).

Who are we, and what are we to do? It is vitally important that the church routinely consider these questions. I believe the answer is revealed in the beginning of the book of Revelation. Before we get to the answer, let’s first consider what Dr. D. M. Gunter II says we, the church, are not.

We are not a social club. Although building good relationships and living in community with each other is part of our mission, part of our purpose, and biblical, we are not a social club. We are not a service club. Although we are to care for the needs of each other, to clothe the naked and feed the hungry, to tend the sick and help the helpless, and to visit the prisoner and house the homeless, we are not a service club. We are not a historical society. Although we have our traditions and creeds and build on the foundation that was laid by our spiritual ancestors, we are not a historical society. We are not a sales organization. Although we want to introduce people to Jesus Christ and see the kingdom of God grow and increase, we are not “selling” a gospel or “closing deals” for Jesus. That’s not our identity. That’s not our main purpose. So, who are we and what is our purpose?

Our existence is “christocentric.” The church is Christ centered. The “grace and peace” is “…from Jesus Christ, who is the faithful witness, the firstborn from the dead…” (Rev. 1:5). Jesus is the one who freed us. He is the one who made us. The church is to be focused on Jesus Christ, to be centered on him. Our character is to be like Christ. Christ freed us from our sin so that we could live in right relationship with him and so that we could be transformed into his image. He has made us to be a holy kingdom (Rev. 1:6a). We are a different culture from the rest of the world, with a different way of living. So, who we are is a Christ centered holy kingdom. We are His possession (Rev. 5:9).

As His possession, our mission is to be his priests. “[He] has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father…” (Rev. 1:6a). A priest serves by connecting people and God. That is their role. You and I – the church – are called to serve as priests. We are to be a holy kingdom and our mission is to reconcile people to God (2 Cor. 5:18-20). We are to be a royal priesthood (1 Peter 2:9) that helps reconcile that which is lost. That is who we are and what we are to do. Are we doing it?

Let us join in prayer: Heavenly Father, I ask you to enable me to gladly do the work to which you beckon me. May I do it as a servant of Christ doing the will of God from my heart. Amen.

You are Loved!

Pastor Jason Stevens


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