Core identity

Moved by the love of Christ, we seek ways of living and serving that fit who God has made us and that allow us to carry out our purpose with full integrity and wisdom —

Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time.[a]  Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone. – Colossians 4:5-6

 

 

 

Our Core Identity

 

Core Mandate

The mandate to bless the nations began with Abraham.  God’s promise to bless all nations through Abraham provides the biblical foundation and the proper heart attitude for ministry.

“Blessings” refers to God’s gracious favour and power bestowed on those who respond to Him by faith.  The blessing so His favour draws us into relationship with Himself, resulting in peace, well-being and salvation.

In Christ, we discover the demonstration of God’s liberating power,  Paul highlights the relational and powerful dimensions of blessing in Christ most explicitly in Galatians.

Implicit in the Abrahamic blessing, we find our mandate as well as our message.

 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, declared the gospel beforehand to Abraham, saying, “All the Gentiles shall be blessed in you.” – Galatians 3:8

Our core message of the blessing which is in Christ aligns with our core mandate to bring Christ’s blessing to all nations.

Followers of Jesus in every country

Every human being who has a physical or spiritual need is a valid mission field for those who want to incarnate the love of Jesus, regardless of where they live.  At the same time, it is easy to see where the greatest concentrations of this unevangelised population lie.

This good news of the kingdom [the gospel] will be preached throughout the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end [of the age] will come. – Matthew 24:14 

Just in terms of these five nations — Pakistan, India, Nepal, Bangladesh and China — the challenge we face in ministries like the one I am with, Partners International, and many other mission ministries, is the opportunity of reaching them.

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Willing to be lonely

The unoccupied fields of the world await those who are willing to be lonely for the sake of Christ.  To the pioneer missionary the words of our Lord Jesus Christ to the apostles when He showed them His hands and His feet come with special force —

Then Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you; as the Father has sent Me, I also send you [as My representatives].” – John 20:21

He came into the world and it was a great unoccupied mission field.

 He came to that which was His own [that which belonged to Him—His world, His creation, His possession], and those who were His own [people—the Jewish nation] did not receive and welcome Him. – John 1:11

He came and His welcome was derision, His life, suffering, His throne, and the Cross.

The pioneer missionary, in overcoming obstacles and difficulties, has the privilege not only knowing Christ and the power of His resurrection, but also something of the fellowship of His suffering.  For the people of Tibet or Somaliland, Mongolia or Afghanistan, Arabia or Nepal, the Sudan or Abyssinia, they may be called to say with Paul —

Now I rejoice in my sufferings on your behalf. And with my own body I [a]supplement whatever is lacking [on our part] of Christ’s afflictions, on behalf of His body, which is the church. – Colossians 1:24

What is it but the glory of the impossible!

For the ambition to reach out from centres already occupied to regions beyond, even when those very centres are undermanned and in need of reinforcement, is not Quixotic or fantastic, but truly apostolic.

Accordingly I set a goal to preach the gospel, not where Christ’s name was already known, so that I would not build on another man’s foundation; 21 but [instead I would act on this goal] as it is written [in Scripture], 

They who had no news of Him shall see,
And they who have not heard [of Him] shall understand.” – Romans 15:20-21

Paul wrote this when leaving a city as important as Corinth, and goes on to state that this is the reason he did not yet visit Rome, but that he hopes to do so on his way to Spain.

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To make Christ known

Paul’s ambition was born from his understanding that God longed for His Son to be glorified in the nations.

I minister as a priest the gospel of God, in order that my offering of the Gentiles may become acceptable [to Him], sanctified [made holy and set apart for His purpose] by the Holy Spirit. – Romans 15:16

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Bold prayer without being presumptuous

In many cases God allows an even greater witness for His glory in which God displays His own favour, as He did in the case of Stephen, whose last words repeated Christ’s last words of forgiveness.

If we are going to pray, we need to pray with zeal for the glory of God, then a deep compassion desiring the well-being of the people.  And then with Esther’s attitude, we leave the rest up to God.

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The resurrection of Jesus

At the conclusion of his message to the inquiring Athenians, Paul says —

“For he has set a day when he will judge the world with justice by the man he has appointed. He has given proof of this to everyone by raising him from the dead.” – Acts 17:31

Despite all of Jesus’ teaching about His mission, even His disciples are bewildered by His death.  On Easter Sunday, when the women share the news of the resurrection as reported by the angels —

But they did not believe the women, because their words seemed to them like nonsense. – Luke 24:11

Once the disciples know, however, that Jesus indeed is risen, they cannot be stopped.  They go straight to the hostile people in Jerusalem and proclaim that Jesus is the Messiah.  Peter declares that the Resurrection of Jesus demonstrates that —

“Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Messiah.”  Acts 2:36

The New Testament, then, insists that the Resurrection was God’s authentication of the supremacy of Jesus.

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