What is the mission of the church (part 2)

In the previous installment, I argued that Jesus has tasked his church to take the verbal message of repentance and forgiveness of sins to the nations.

The central mission of the church, therefore, is to take God’s Word to God’s world.

The church’s chief task is to bear witness to Jesus, so that people may be saved from hell for heaven forever by repenting and believing the gospel.

We see this priority throughout the New Testament.

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Social Justice or compassion?

The latest evangelical ministry buzz word is “social justice”, as popularised by Tim Keller and others.  It seems that if you are not involved in “justice” ministries, you may not be that legit or relevant.  

This view is probably in reaction to the evangelical church’s silence and perceived silence on important social issues. The silence of a large swathe of the evangelical church during the Apartheid years in South Africa is often used as an example. 

While I certainly acknowledge that there are massive amounts of injustice in our country, I wonder if “social justice” is the correct term to use when we think about our mandate and motivation as Christians and Christian ministers?  

I may be accused of fiddling with words while Rome is burning, but I think this is an important question.

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Jesus is a Saviour, not a social worker

mirrorIn the Matrix movies the inscription over the Oracle’s door is, “Temet Nosce”, which is Latin for “KNOW YOURSELF”.  This is a fundamental truth just as important as knowing God.  Have you thought about this basic question: What is a human being? Who are you?

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