“Mission is not merely an activity of the church, it is the result of God’s initiative, rooted in God’s purpose to restore and heal creation. Mission means sending and it is the central biblical theme describing the purpose of God’s action in human history. God’s mission began with the call of Israel to receive God’s blessings in order to be a blessing to the nations. God’s mission unfolded in the history of God’s people across the centuries recorded in Scripture, and it reached its revelatory climax in the incarnation of God’s work of salvation in Jesus ministering, crucified, and resurrected...It continues in the worldwide witness of churches in every culture to the gospel of Jesus Christ.” Darrell Guder, Missional Church
"The human race is in trouble. We've been in trouble for a long time. Enormous energies have been and continue to be expended by many, many men and women to get us out of the trouble we are in - to clean up the world's mess. The skill, the perseverance, the intelligence, the devotion of the people who put their shoulders to the wheel to pull us out of the muck - parents and teachers, healers and counselors, rulers and politicians, writers and pastors - are impressive. At the center and core of this work is God. The most comprehensive term for what God is doing to get us out of the mess we are in is salvation. Salvation is God doing for us what we cannot do for ourselves." Eugene Peterson, The Message
God's restoration of creation and salvation are complete in Jesus. Jesus entered into the cracks and crevices of a society, connected with people, and lived out God's reality and vision for his created world. All the parts of our lives - work, family, friends, memories, dreams are complete in Jesus - our lives are pulled together and made whole.
This work of restoration and salvation are dynamic forces at the heart of the universe, and it is the burning desire of our heart to join in vigorously and perseveringly. God's vision for his created world becomes a reality as more and more lives are pulled together, transformed, and renewed. It is through transformed lives that God puts the world to right.