“Mission is understood as being derived from the very nature of God” — David Bosch
Where did the idea of missions come from anyway?
Missions is expensive. Missions is inconvenient. Missions is frightening. Missions is frequently promoted with guilt and seems impossible to accomplish.
There is no question these statements are true. But these, and the many other excuses we use for not giving missions a higher priority, are not really relevant. The South African missiologist, David Bosch, reminds us that missions is not an idea that came from this world. It is not something that pastors or denominational leaders invented to command our dollars or control our schedules. Missions is God’s; it is part of his very nature and character.
The Father sent his Son into the world to save the world. The Father and the Son sent the Holy Spirit to empower and sustain believers. The Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit send the church (that’s me and you) into the world to make disciples of all nations. As Christians, being on mission is not an option — it is our birth-right.
Our Great God – guide my life so that it conforms to you. You have adopted me into your family and brought me into your kingdom. Now, Oh God, I long to be a faithful child and citizen.
Scott Hildreth is the director of the Lewis A. Drummond Center for Great Commission Studies. He frequently speaks on issues of missions, spiritual formation, missiology, and theology. Scott also contributes to SEBTS faculty blog www.betweenthetimes.com