Karen Pirtle & Eric Costanzo
Using the word “mission” to describe the activities of the local church may sound strange to some. From a Biblical standpoint, however, this is exactly how Jesus describes it. He explained the call given to each of His followers as beginning where they lived: “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” (Acts 1:8).
If Jesus’ first followers were to be faithful to take His Good News to the ends of the earth – the work of mission had to start, first, where they lived.
As my seminary professor Dr. Keith Eitel says, “The light that shines the farthest is the light that shines brightest at home.”
Mission continues at home, even as the Good News about Jesus goes forth into new fields. A variety of terms can be used to describe this: propagation of the faith, evangelism, proclamation, planting churches who are connected to the Global Church, and furthering the work of the Kingdom of God.
Mission begins in God. The Church continues Christ’s mission. And mission is carried out under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. In other words, the Church is a missionary by her very nature. Mission expresses God’s relationship with the world, and mission includes evangelization and bringing the Gospel to those who have never heard it.
Tonight at 6:00 p.m. in the Chapel, we will focus on mission at home through our Local Missions ministries and partners. We have over 20 local mission connections which are designed to share the love of Christ in order to open doors for the Gospel.
Sharing the Good News about Jesus is a call from God on each of us. Join us tonight to learn how you can be more involved right here in Tulsa!
Posted on Fri, November 22, 2019
by Kim Hayes