mission in a world God is restoring

I really like this short speech.  I think it’s where Chrissy and I are “at” right now when it comes to mission, evangelism, gospel, etc.  It’s what we believe we were put in our neighborhood to be and do.  Give it a listen if you have a few minutes.

N.T. Wright at Lambeth: A Biblical Hope for Mission

I just listened to it twice.  It’s not long, and it’s powerful.

Great quote:

We have an opportunity in our day to get past that sterile antithesis of either saving souls for a timeless eternity or trying to improve God’s world if we really believe, when we pray the Lord’s Prayer, that “thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, on Earth as it is in Heaven.” … If we really mean that, then we must be doing things that are signs of hope.

The church is called to be the people who give the answer to the question, “What would it look like if God was running the show?”  We live between the achievement of Jesus and that final achievement of Heaven and Earth coming together … We have to implement the first and therefore anticipate the second.

What does that mean? If a doctor — if somebody in the university — discovers a wonderful new medication, the doctor has to implement that discovery by making that medication available to the people who need it.  But we believe that one day, there will be a time when God will wipe away all tears from all eyes.  So it isn’t just that we are implementing something that’s been done already; we are anticipating that day — signs of hope, little bits of hope, coming to us from God’s future.


3 responses to this post.

  1. Posted by Sean Landolt on August 18, 2008 at 11:37 pm

    If I’m hearing this correctly than mission is about witnessing to the world what it would look like to have God as your master. Mission is not about creating a new church, or creating disciples and converts. Its about trying to let God be in control of your life, and let your life be an example to the world of what God has promised for us.


  2. The only thing I’d amend to your nuance of Wright’s words is that as we are bearing witness to the world that God has promised, we call others into that new world. That’s what disciple-making is.

    It’s a whole lot different than just getting people to pray a prayer of salvation, be baptized, start going to church, read their Bible, or any of the other ways we shoot below the target in our discipleship.


  3. Steve,
    Wonderful post.
    Thank you so much for sharing this with us.
    I hope you have a great weekend.


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