UNDERSTANDING THE CHURCH’S VISION AND MISSION
By Ven Dr I. U. Ibeme
is what we hope to be or want to be.
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 “
called Christians. !or what purpose are there Christians in the world? What is the divine destiny "
# of the Church? What is the divine assi$nment "
# of the Church? Why has %od called you and me to be Christians? &hat is if you are truly a
someone converted to Christ and committed to Christ’s commandment and commission
is the people
to %od out of the world throu$h the %ospel of Christ unto salvation in Christ and
by %od into the world for the salvation of all.
God’s reason for the Church is to hae a peculiar people purified for !imself to show forth !is praise in the world by doin" "ood wor#s $%ph &'()* +hp &'(,* it &'(* (+et &'/0.
the Church on the mission that will ensure we attain the
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 $ive
to their mission in order to
and obtain their vision "(hp )*+-#. Christ is loo/in$ 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
%od in spirit and truth ":ohn 6*4)#, "4#&o lead a life of
after Christ ":ohn +*)-#, and ")#;s a community, to share to$ether and encoura$e one another in
"'eb. -<*46480 ;cts 4*6-#. &hese three
could be $rouped under the term
in Christ. &his