The natural bent of each human heart is shift its gaze from God and others onto itself.
And the natural inclination of each church is to shift its gaze from God and his mission onto themselves.
Because we are so inclined as people to become navel-gazing and cliquish, we have to be intentional about being outward focused.
Jesus knew that his disciples were prone to do this, which is why he established an outward focus as the mission of the church before his ascension to the right hand of the God the Father.
Jesus gives the church its mission statement in Matthew 28:18-20:
And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”
At Living Stones, our primary mission as a local church is directly linked to Jesus' commission to bring those outside of relationship and covenant with God into reconciliation with God and a new identity in Jesus Christ.
We summarize this mission simply as, We exists to see outsiders become insiders.
What do we mean by Outsiders? It everyone who is outside the covenant of God, lost and in need of forgiveness, in need of reconciliation to their Maker. Jesus Christ said that his mission was “to seek and save the lost” (Luke 19:10) and saw we saw above, Jesus invites us to join him in his mission.
When we say Insiders, we're referring to Christians, to those given a new identity, reconciliation with God, forgiveness of sins, membership in the body of Christ, and citizenship in the new Jerusalem through faith in the accomplished work of the Lord Jesus Christ.
Join us next week as we ask, "How do we exist? ...disciples making disciples"