With our Missions Emphasis Sunday approaching this weekend, hear the concluding words of Andreas Kostenberger and Peter O’Brien’s, Salvation to the Ends of the Earth. They said:
This mission of God’s people within the world is to be understood with…an eye on the final goal – the gathering of men and women from every nation, tribe, people and language before the throne of God and the Lamb. (pg. 269)
In this era between the ‘already’ and the ‘not yet’ God’s people are a body of pilgrims and resident aliens. They suffer and are persecuted for the sake of Christ’s name, but in the midst of this they are to follow his example, demonstrating patience and a gentle spirit and showing that ultimately they do not belong to the world. Moreover, the gospel must be preserved pure if it is to be proclaimed persuasively and with God’s saving power. And Christians should adorn that gospel with their godly lifestyle and proper relationships, if their spoken words are not to have negative effects on unbelievers. (pgs. 269-270)
There is a lot of good stuff compressed in these few lines. As we seek to make, mature, and multiply disciples we must:
- Do so in light of the hope we have that God’s missions will be successful.
- Persevere through all difficulties.
- Not alter the message but hold fast and proclaim the unadjusted Gospel.
- Be sure that our own lives are in line with the Gospel.