Why are Missions within the Church Important?
The mission of God
What we normally think of as “missions” in the church could be more accurately referred to as simply the mission of God. The missional heart of God is seen in the example of the Father in sending Jesus. As Philippians chapter two instructs us, “Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus…” who left the glory of heaven to come to this earth in order to rescue people! The very nature of God leads his church to giving itself to a hurting world. The very nature of God is to seek and save the lost.
Jesus told us that His mission was to be lived out through His body, the church. He said in Acts chapter 1 verse 8, “you shall receive power, when the Holy Spirit is come upon you: and you shall be my witnesses both in Jerusalem, and in all Judaea and Samaria, and unto the uttermost part of the earth.” It is incredibly important for the pulse of every church to have the heart of a missionary. Church missions are the very heartbeat of the gospel itself, to carry the good news of Christ to our neighbor and to the ends of the earth.