“But you are not like that, for you are a chosen people. You are royal priests, a holy nation, God’s very own possession. As a result, you can show others the goodness of God, for he called you out of the darkness into his wonderful light.” – 1 Peter 2:9
P.T. Forsyth offered the great insight in his 1908 book, Mission in State and Church: ‘The weakness of much current mission work and much current preaching is that they betray the sense that what is yet to be done is greater than what has already been done.’ Forsyth goes on to say the gospel proclaims that ‘the world’s gravest need is less than Christ’s great victory…The great thing is already done. What needs doing is all less than has been done.’”
If Forsyth is right – then we must change how we communicate mission opportunities. Instead of relying entirely on presentations of need, we must begin inviting people to take part in God’s work by making known to all people what Peter mentions in the verse above.