“Mission” as a theme is in decline in the church today. Christian “mission” is also a controversial topic among Christians. Many hold to the view of the church’s mission is better expressed as “social justice” or working for the holistic good of society.
The fundamental question is: What shapes our thoughts on Christian mission? The state of the world (or country) or God’s word? Of course, God’s Word must shape our thinking on all subjects.
3 John 7 gives us a good summary of Christian mission:
For they have gone out for the sake of the name, accepting nothing from the Gentiles. (3 John 7)
How we engage with our surrounding culture is a very important question for Christians. Culture may simply be defined as how a society thinks and does things. Your city, your suburb and your friends adhere to and embrace certain cultural norms; certain ways of thinking about the world and particular ways doing things. Paul in 1 Corinthians 9:19-27 makes some important points about how we should engage with non-Christians and with the world around us.