What is “Gospel Convergence”? Part 7

The purpose of Gospel Convergence is to provide:

“Meditations on the Life of Jesus in the Mission of His Church for the Glory of God”

converging arrows vimeoThis encapsulates our Theological Vision which can be broken down into three complementary points:

  • Christ-Centred
  • Mission Orientated
  • Doxologically Driven

Mission Orientated

We believe that to be aligned with God in being Christ-Centred necessarily results in being Mission Orientated. That is, we do not want our love for Jesus to terminate on itself but rather to overflow in service to him and others.

Mission begins and belongs to God; the mission is his, he started it and he has graciously invited us to join with him in it through faith in Jesus.

The Church Exists for Mission

In the interim, we live in the overlapping of the ages: the old is passing away and the new is coming but has yet to fully arrive. In his life, death and resurrection Jesus inaugurated the new age. When he returns he will usher in the new age bringing the new heaven and new earth with him in all their fullness.

Presently, the world we live in is still fallen and remains in “bondage to corruption” (Romans 8:21), nevertheless,

if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.” (2 Corinthians 5:17-20 ESV)

As partakers of this new creation, members of Christ’s body: the Church, we share in Jesus’ mission as he makes all things new.

“Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” (John 20:21 ESV)

Like Jesus our mission as the church is to herald the coming of the new age in which Christ reigns bodily and triumphantly over all of his renewed creation. This means we tell the gospel story in all its breadth and depth. The gospel is deeply personal in its application and vastly cosmic in its scope. Accordingly, the gospel impacts how we live as members of both Jesus’ Kingdom and our respective cultures and societies because it gives us direction for seeking the greatest good for ourselves, our neighbours, our towns and cities. It is our desire to bring the gospel to bear in word and action where we live in contextually appropriate ways for the glory of God and the joy of all people.

We do this in the power of the Holy Spirit whom Jesus has sent to indwell and empower us to carry out his mission on the earth.

We want to learn how to engage with our various cultures so we can communicate the gospel well and by God’s grace see people reconciled to God and communities transformed by the power of the gospel.

We want to learn what it means to be all things to all people that we might save some (1 Corinthians 9:19-23).

And we want to see the gospel take deep root in our own lives and the lives of the people in our churches.

Mission Accomplished

This is a daunting task, one which we are powerless to accomplish in our own strength. We freely confess that it is a mission beyond us but it is not beyond God who “upholds the universe by the word of his power” (Hebrews 1:3).

“And Jesus came and said to them, All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20 ESV)

It is God alone who saves. God alone who raises the dead and transforms hearts of stone into hearts of flesh. He is our confidence, our refuge and our strength. God in Christ by the power of the Holy Spirit will accomplish his mission through his church for his own glory and our joy in him. Then Christ shall come, with the new heaven and the new earth in tow, and as it once was so it will be again, ““It is finished,”” (John 19:30).

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