He writes, “Rather, speaking the truth in love, we are to grow up in every way into him who is the head, into Christ, from whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.” (Eph. 4:15-16)
Simply put, the conclusion for this text is that a church on mission must have committed members, each doing their part, working and functioning in the body as Christ leads. Throughout the We Are Series and even in our Back to the Basic Series we have been reminded of the mission that Christ has given to us as a church. Passing the gospel to the next generation has emerged as a recurring theme. As we move forward we must ask ourselves some essential questions concerning this mission. Do we realize Christ has commissioned us to a work? Do we know what that work is? What would it look like in our lives if we were aware of this mission and seeking to accomplish it by His grace and for His glory?
Consider this Puritan prayer from the 1600’s as you think about the importance of being on mission at New Life:
SOVEREIGN Father, Your cause, not my own, engages my heart,
and I appeal to you with greatest freedom
to set up your kingdom in every place where Satan reigns;
Glorify your Son and I shall rejoice,
for to bring honour to His name is my sole desire.
I adore you that He is God,
and long that others should know Him, feel him and rejoice in Him
that all men might love and praise him,
that he might have all glory from the intelligent world!
Let sinners be brought to Jesus for your dear name sake!