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					GOD’S MISSION

From the Old Testament to
the Gospel
                    GOD’S MISSION
   The starting and ending point of
    mission and church is always God.
   All things are ultimately about
    God’s plan for us and all of
    Creation.
   God is always bigger than our
    image of God.
   The Israelites often associated
    Yahweh’s plan with material
    success and acquiring land for
    themselves only.
   Most people who followed Jesus
    thought that he would establish an
    earthly kingdom
   Only by reflecting on God’s
    revelation in the flesh and being led
    by God’s Spirit were Christians able
    to grasp more clearly the
    mysterious plan of God.
         GOD’S MISSION AND THE
                 SPIRIT




   God the Father, like an overflowing and life-giving fountain of love created the
    world and called all humanity to share in the fullness of God’s life.
   God’s mission is an ebb-and-flow movement of the saving love, from God and
    back to God.
   Mission is God’s job description, capturing “both what God does and who God
    is”.
   All peoples are made in God’s image and are to reflect this self-giving love of
    God.
   God has shown this self-giving and self-revealing nature concretely in Jesus
    Christ and throughout history through the Spirit.
   The Church exists only as a result of and for the sake of God’s mission.
JESUS AND THE REIGN OF GOD
                Jesus, as divine and human had a close
                 relationship with God, calling God abba
                 (daddy).
                Jesus knew that God’s love is inclusive
                 of all peoples.
                Jesus’ central message was: “Repent, for
                 the kingdom of heaven is close at hand”.
                Jesus preached and witnessed to an
                 inclusive reign of God that invited all into
                 a new relationship with God and one
                 another.
                Jesus’ total commitment to God’s
                 mission would lead to his suffering,
                 death, and ultimately his resurrection.
                Paul VI’s encyclical “Evangelization in
                 the Modern World (1975)” based the
                 understanding of mission on Jesus
                 Christ and the reign of God, pointing out
                 that Jesus is the first and greatest
                 evangelizer.
                Paul VI states that the purpose of the
                 Church is to prolong and continue the
                 mission of Jesus.
                The proclamation of the Kingdom or
                 reign of God is absolute and makes
                 everything else relative.
    THE MISSION OF JESUS AND
       TABLE FELLOWSHIP




   Jesus reached out to all people, even to all the excluded: sinners,
    lepers, prostitutes, tax collectors.
   Jesus spoke to the people in parables, calling his disciples to be
    forgiving to all.
   Jesus performed miracles and called his followers to be agents of
    healing and wholeness.
   Jesus cast out evil spirits and called his disciples to be absolutely
    opposed to evil.
   Jesus’ inclusive lifestyle called all to be inclusive.
   All are called to table fellowship
JESUS CHRIST, THE SAVIOR




   In St. Paul’s life and preaching there is the driving conviction that
    through the crucified death of Jesus and in his subsequent exaltation
    through resurrection, all humanity was offered the possibility of
    moving from death to life, from sin to God.
   In John Paul II’s encyclical “On the Permanent Validity of the Church’s
    Missionary Mandate (1990)” he affirmed that Christ is the one Savior of
    all, the only one able to reveal God and lead to God.
   Furthermore he states that “the Church believes that God has established
    Christ as the one mediator and that she herself has been established as the
    universal sacrament of salvation.”
    QUESTIONS FOR REFLECTION




   How does the explanation of table fellowship alter
    your understanding of the meaning of mission?
   If mission is God’s mission, how do we do mission
    in this context?

				
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