What is Mission?
Many of us associate the word mission with overseas mission. However, we see mission is an attitude, not a location.That is, we should aim for the gospel to go out not just overseas, but locally. As such, under the purpose area of Mission, we want to enable the work of the gospel going out under these 3 categories:
Global Mission – it’s a mission activity that we support but we don’t control, with the aim of growing God’s Kingdom.
Local Mission – it’s a mission activity that we support, resource and control, which happens within the structure of our church.
Frontline Mission – focuses on all Christians at St Paul’s. We would love to equip and support you, but not control or resource you as you bring the gospel to the world in your everyday context on the frontline outside the walls of church.
Imagine yourself as an employee at your place of work (or a student at school, or someone in your local sporting team or hobby group).How do we aim to share the gospel there? We would love to equip you and support you as you live out and share the gospel. However it would be ineffective for the church to resource and control how you live out and share the gospel by having staff members to visit all the workplaces, schools and community events for the members of St Paul’s.More importantly, we want not only the gospel to go out, but for each of our members to be transformed so that we all can live out and spread the gospel in speech.
1 Peter 3:13-17
“Now who is there to harm you if you are zealous for what is good? But even if you should suffer for righteousness’ sake, you will be blessed. Have no fear of them, nor be troubled, but in your hearts honour Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect, having a good conscience, so that, when you are slandered, those who revile your good behaviour in Christ may be put to shame. For it is better to suffer for doing good, if that should be God’s will, than for doing evil.”
The key points from this passage forms our basis for the following model of deepening our knowledge, understanding and training in Frontline Mission.
Our current world’s hostility to the gospel is somewhat similar to the 1st century Christians.
We are told to be zealous to do good (v13).
Our good behaviour arouses curiosity for non-Christians to ask us about our Christian faith (v14)
In this context, our gospel proclamation is authentic if done in the right manner (gentleness and respect v15).
We would love to equip you in the following areas so that we can all grow in conviction and competence in being effective disciples of Christ on our Frontlines.
Modelling Godly Character: Not just being nice, but letting the Spirit impact your behaviour.
Making Good Work: Doing your task well in whatever situation God has placed you so that you can glorify Him.
Ministering Grace and Love: Transculturally loving and serving not only those you want to associate with, but those that are in need.
Moulding Culture: Changing the way things are done in your context so that it is done in a manner more reflective of God’s values.
Mouthpiece of Truth & Justice: Speaking up against things that are unfair, unhealthy or untruthful, and speaking up for things that are true and good.
Messenger of the Gospel: Pray for specific people on your Frontline. Ask God who he would have you pray for. “Be ready to give a reason for the hope that is in you.” (1 Peter 3:15)
How Mission Month will equip you for mission
The events being held across Mission Month intend to learn in various ways: practice/experience (hands), conviction (heart) and knowledge (head) so that we take what we learn and apply this to all 3 aspects of mission - frontline, local and global mission.
INF Conference || 3 - 4 May
For any missionary, it is essential to take the time to understand our background as well as the other person’s background in order to communicate the effectively. By participating in a cultural immersion experience, it is not only the awareness of global mission in Nepal that is beneficial, this will also help us in our transcultural awareness as we engage in local mission as we learn how to communicate to people of various background in our local community.
IJM Prayer Gathering || 11 May
Engage our heart to pray for justice and mercy and develop a growing sense of compassion.
Traction || 15 May
Learn how to engage with the culture as we live out and share the gospel in our local mission context.
St Paul’s International Morning Tea/Supper || 26 May
Spend time together as a community as we understand each other’s background so that we can go forward together as we strive to achieve the vision of the church through a transcultural strategy.
As well as these special events, during our Sunday Services, we will also hear more about:
Mission Projects: how we can support mission externally through the Lows’ ministry on the Gold Coast as and support the vision of St Paul’s as a transcultural church.
Global Mission: Bush Church Aid , and Dan Leslie’s information video for his Fiji Trip.
Local Mission: Grace Ministry, JellyBeanz Playgroup, SRE in schools and ESL Classes.
Ultimately, I pray that these events are a spark that begins to equip us throughout the year, and for the long haul in all areas of global, local and frontline mission.