- Wrapping it all up (deli style)
Think of the church like a sandwich wrap. The mission is like the outside of the sandwich. It is wrapped around its fivefold purpose. This mission holds the church together and provides the reason why we do what we do as a church. The delicious, aromatic substance of the church is what is bound by her mission. The substance of evangelism, discipleship, ministry, worship and community is her purpose and is held intact by her mission. (Oh, I had a hankering for a wrap today.)
How well a church understands her mission and the reasons for that mission partially determines how effective and faithful a church is. Also to be considered is how well the mission field is defined. Questions must be asked. Who are we reaching? Why? Are we equipped to reach that particular group? What must we change to be effective without altering the substance of the message? These questions and more need to be considered, when there is a call for change or repentance.
Also, there is a need to assess whether a church is effectively performing her function through purposeful activity. This activity is the substance of church. This purpose is the work of those who belong to Christ. This is our witness to the world and it must accommodate the needs of its current culture and be willing to change – to repent.
Indeed, there is a need for repentance by the church. She is ever the unfaithful bride of Christ. Repentance goes beyond rethinking the church – repentance is heart change and cannot only be accomplished as our wills are submitted to the will of the author and perfecter of our faith. Our eyes must first be fixed on Jesus who “for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.”
We too, as those who have been called to share in His sufferings as well as in His glory, bound together in love, must be willing to endure suffering and shame for the sake of those lost in darkness. We, as Revolutionaries, are called to subvert this current world system of brokenness, rigidity and slavery through the proclamation of good news, for Christ came to do as Isaiah prophesied in chapter 61:1.
1The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon me,
Because the LORD has anointed me
To bring good news to the afflicted;
He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to captives
And freedom to prisoners;
It’s time for a change of heart.