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UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH’S VISION AND MISSION

UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH’S VISION AND MISSION

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Published by Ifechukwu U. Ibeme
What we do among ourselves is our Communion with one another and in Christ (1 John 1:3, 7). What we do towards the world is our Mission for Christ. It is the Communion and the Mission that come together to become the Commission. This is Christian arithmetic: Commission = Communion + Mission. The Communion (through administration of Christ’s ordinances and ministration of the Word) stirs-up the light and salt in the Church and the mission disseminate these to the world.
What we do among ourselves is our Communion with one another and in Christ (1 John 1:3, 7). What we do towards the world is our Mission for Christ. It is the Communion and the Mission that come together to become the Commission. This is Christian arithmetic: Commission = Communion + Mission. The Communion (through administration of Christ’s ordinances and ministration of the Word) stirs-up the light and salt in the Church and the mission disseminate these to the world.

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UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH’S VISION AND MISSION
By Ven Dr I. U. Ibeme
 
Vision
 is what we hope to be or want to be.
Mission
 is what we have to do. Mission is what we must persevere to do in order to realise our ultimate Vision. Why did Christ found the Church in the World? By the Church, we mean the Community of Christ’s “
disciple-witnesses
 called Christians. !or what purpose are there Christians in the world? What is the divine destiny "
vision/desire
# of the Church? What is the divine assi$nment "
mission/duty 
# of the Church? Why has %od called you and me to be Christians? &hat is if you are truly a
Christian
 i.e.
someone converted to Christ and committed to Christ’s commandment and commission
.
The Church
 is the people
called
 to %od out of the world throu$h the %ospel of Christ unto salvation in Christ and
sent
 by %od into the world for the salvation of all.
 
God’s reason for the Church is to hae a peculiar people purified for !imself to show forth !is praise in the world by doin" "ood wor#s $%ph &'()* +hp &'(,* it &'(* (+et &'/0.
Christ has
sent
 the Church on the mission that will ensure we attain the
promised
 vision of $lory. When we $et the hint of what %od is about to do, we commit ourselves to labour in order to
ensure we wor# with God
 to $et there. %od helps 'is saints to $ive
attention
 to their mission in order to
attain
and obtain their vision "(hp )*+-#. Christ is loo/in$ for a Church that is pure and $lorious0 so 'e showed 'is commitment by comin$, dyin$ and $oin$ to provide for the cleansin$ of the Church throu$h the Word, the blood and the 1pirit. 2f we truly believe our vision is realisable, we would be committed to the mission that will brin$ the vision to pass. 'owever, without a vision and understandin$ of the mission we will be 3missionless’ and aimless "(rov 45*-+0 'os 6*#. 
Understandin" he Church’s Communion
1imply put, the Church of Christ e7ists in order to li$hten the world and salt the earth, "Matt. 8*-)-60 4Cor. 6*6# by bearin$ testimony9witness to the %ospel truth, which is in Christ :esus. Christians are in the world partly in order*"-#&o
1orship
%od in spirit and truth ":ohn 6*4)#, "4#&o lead a life of
Discipleship
 after Christ ":ohn +*)-#, and ")#;s a community, to share to$ether and encoura$e one another in
2ellowship
"'eb. -<*46480 ;cts 4*6-#. &hese three
worship3 discipleship
and
fellowship
 could be $rouped under the term
Communion
 in Christ. &his
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Communion amon$ Christians serves to maintain and retain our li$ht, saltiness and witness. But how do we disseminate these to the world?
 
Understandin" he Church’s Commission
What we do amon$ ourselves is our
Communion
 with one another and in Christ "- :ohn -*), =#. What we do towards the world is our
Mission
 for Christ. 2t is the Communion and the Mission that come to$ether to become the Commission. &his is Christian arithmetic* Commission > Communion Mission. &he Communion "throu$h administration of Christ’s ordinances and ministration of the Word# stirsup the li$ht and salt in the Church and the mission disseminate these to the world. &his is $reat mystery. &here are two important portions of the 1cripture, which Christians refer to as “$reat*"-#@ne is the %reat Commission in Matt 4+*-54< where Christ commanded the Church to
%an"eli4e3 Bapti4e and Catechise
."4#&he other is the %reat Commandment in :ohn -)*)6 and -8*-4 where Christ commanded us to love one another 
 as !e loed us
. Without /eepin$ the %reat Commandment, we should not e7pect to be successful with the %reat Commission. We have seen what ma/es up the Communion, but what about the Mission? 
he Church’s Mission I
*
Christianisation $Christian 5ocial 6ction0
&he mission of the Church in the world has various ramifications and aspects. !irst of all, every human bein$, whether Christian or nonChristian owes %od and one another the
stewardship
 and responsibility of*"-# Aeepin$ or
Conserin"
 the environment "%en. 4*-8#."4#7ercisin$ dominion over or
5ubduin"
 the earth "%en. - 4+#, and ")#nsurin$ $ood
Goernance
 for a ust and safe society "-&im. 4*-80 Dom -)*--<#.&he Church’s involvement in this
"eneral mission
 should be in the form of
e7ertin" Christian 89i"ht and 5alt: influence
 on the world to ensure that these are properly done both by believers and nonbelievers throu$h our*"-#!riendly dialo$ue or en$a$ement to challen$e and chan$e worldviews,"4#(ublic presence or participation at all levels of life in the society, ")#Concerted pressure or collaboration for the $ood of all, and"6#Bold and active proclamation of the %ospel of Christ’s 1alvation to all and sundry. &his is the Christianisation aspect of the Church’s mission to the world. ;part from Christian social action, the more far reachin$ aspects of the Church’s Mission are "-#van$elisation "(ublishin$ the %ood Eews of Christ#0 and"4#Ministration "Fovin$ 1ervice to meet people’s needs#
2
 
 
he Church’s Mission II' %an"elisation
By van$elisation we mean*"-#
+roclamation
 of the %ospel of Christ "i.e. the testimony of :esus Christ that “there is
now
 the heavenly blessin$ of
remission of sins
 "or
salation
 
from sin and damnation0
and the
assurance of "lory
"or hope of eternal
 
inheritance# for anyone who
repents
to
beliee in ;esus as the Christ and risen 9ord:
 F/ 46*665# to the world in the power of the 'oly 1pirit "M/ -*-8,4<0 F/. 5*40 Dev. -.4,5#. &his is called pure van$elism. van$elism means “publishin$ of $ood news. 2n van$elism we bear witness that Christ
came
 and was
crucified for our salation
 in accordance with 1criptures0 that Christ is the
risen3 rei"nin"
 and
returnin"
Ford and 1aviour. &his is the pure %ospel messa$e. "- Cor. -8*-8, 4<48#. &he %ospel messa$e also warns that when Christ shall return, 'e would vindicate the ust and condemn the unbelievin$."4#
+ersuasion
 of those who on hearin$ the %ospel are convicted by the 'oly 1pirit, to become disciples throu$h
conersion
 "repentance and faith# and
baptism
. &his would covenant them to Christ and brin$ the blessin$s of sin removal and 1pirit bestowal "M/.-*-0 ;cts 4*)6-0 Matt 4+*-5#.
he Church’s Mission III' Ministration $Christian 5erice0
Ministration is inseparable from van$elisation. ;s we preach the %ospel, we must be compassionately moved to meet the needs of the hearers throu$h the power of the %ospel, which wor/s in us by the 'oly 1pirit. &he %reat Commission must $o alon$ with the %reat Commandment.By Ministration, we mean.-.'ealin$ the sic/ of their disease in the mission field "Mar/ -*-+0 F/ 5*-4#.4.Castin$ out demons from amon$ those bein$ evan$eliGed "M/ -*-=0 F/ 5*-5#). Fiberatin$ those we evan$eliGe from their condition and mentality of poverty, i$norance, captivity and slavery "F/ 6*-+-5#. 
he +rimacy of %an"elism
van$elism is of primary importance in the mission of the Church. 2t is by evan$elism that connection is established between the nonbelievers and Christ.2t is by evan$elism that souls are saved eternally. 2t is no coincidence that Christ and 1t (aul referred to evan$elism as the “!2D1& @! ;FF in our mission to the world. "Mar/ -)*-<0 -Cor -8*)#. 2t is important to note that the word “van$elical does not mean van$elism or van$elistic. van$elical is a doctrinal attitude to the 1cripture, which holds to the supremacy of the %ospel above all thin$s tradition, reason, and spiritual
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