Tag Archives: mission God

great commandment, commission, communication

We have a very clear imperative-to love God with the totality of our being and to love our neighbor as ourselves. This could easily be described, with even more textual justification, as “the great commission, ” for it governs the whole of life whatever our specific calling. This fundamental twin commandment certainly precedes, underlies and governs the so-called Great Commission itself, for we cannot make disciples of the nations without love for God and love for them.

A missional hermeneutic, then, is not content simply to call for obedience to the Great Commission (though it will assuredly include that as a matter of nonnegotiable importance), nor even to reflect on the missional implications of the Great Commandment. For behind both it will find the Great Communication – the revelation of the identity of God, of God’s action in the world and God’s saving purpose for all creation.

The Mission of God, Christopher J. H. Wright

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mission: defined

Fundamentally, our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation. That is how I usually answer when I am asked how I define mission.

The Mission of God – Christopher J. T. Wright