An equipping ministry to Disciple the Church.
A mission base to Send the Church.
Meanwhile the disciples were urging him, saying, “Rabbi, eat.” 32 But he said to them, “I have food to eat that you do not know about.” 33 So the disciples said to one another, “Has anyone brought him something to eat?” 34 Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work. 35 Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest. 36 Already the one who reaps is receiving wages and gathering fruit for eternal life, so that sower and reaper may rejoice together. 37 For here the saying holds true, ‘One sows and another reaps.’ 38 I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.” 39 Many Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman's testimony, “He told me all that I ever did.” 40 So when the Samaritans came to him, they asked him to stay with them, and he stayed there two days. 41 And many more believed because of his word. 42 They said to the woman, “It is no longer because of what you said that we believe, for we have heard for ourselves, and we know that this is indeed the Savior of the world.”
The Church is not normal or healthy if it is not on mission.
Religion provides a way for you to have some personal spiritual fulfillment without being on mission with Jesus.
Generational Missional DNA
A disciple is not above his teacher, but everyone when he is fully trained will be like his teacher.
Jesus lived life on mission, his disciples lived life on mission, and so on for generations - until there was you.
Mission is in the DNA of who you are and the family that you are in called - the Church.
If mission is not a part of your experience as a follower of Jesus then you have a "chromosomal disorder”.
John 4 lays out three vital truths about mission with Jesus:
1. Being on mission feeds the disciple.
Jesus said to them, “My food is to do the will of him who sent me and to accomplish his work.
2. We must look up to see that mission is right now before us.
Do you not say, ‘There are yet four months, then comes the harvest’? Look, I tell you, lift up your eyes, and see that the fields are white for harvest.
3. The mission is a process of reaping and receiving what the Spirit is already doing.
I sent you to reap that for which you did not labor. Others have labored, and you have entered into their labor.”
The question today is:
Are you feeding?
Are you seeing?
Are you reaping?
The “Church” that Jesus is building should confidently say “yes” to all of these questions.