Wednesday, April 12, 2006

Perspectives on the World Christian Movement

Mobilizing churches to be missions-engaged churches is implicit in the Great Commission. The object of "make disciples," in Matthew 28:18-20 is "pante ta ethne" (Translated: "of all the nations"; "of all the peoples"; "of all the ethnic groups").

If a church is content to exist as a homologous unit in terms of her racial, ethnic, economic, and social makeup, then isn't Jesus simply relegated to being that church's tribal deity? If the Jesus we love and worship "doesn't work" for other peoples, then haven't we minimized His global redemptive purposes to fit into our own man-made paradigms?

The Perspectives on the World Christian Movement course has served well to mobilize many churches around the world to engage in being a truly missional organism. Seeing the world from God's perspective is integral to loving the peoples of the world with the gospel. Perspectives is a course designed to help Christians do just that - see the world from God's Perspective. We look forward to offering Perspectives, or something similar, as soon as possible at Grace Church.

May God be pleased to mobilize many members of Grace Church through the years to engage in planting churches among the unreached peoples of the world!

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