Perhaps the most well-known verse in the entire Bible is John 3:16. As a Christian your response might be, â€śOh great. Know this oneâ€¦blah blah blah.â€ť I challenge you not to tune out under the assumption that you know this already as I believe the Lord has a fresh word for us and our church this morning.
We've been talking about becoming a â€śmissional churchâ€ť for over two years now and for many trying to define or nail down what exactly it means to be â€śmissionalâ€ť is a little like nailing jello to a wall because it is not a formula. But I want to put some meat on it this morning because I believe that it is the purpose of the church and yet it is largely neglected in the church both individually and corporately. And I believe that God wants us to re-hitch ourselves to his agenda and his purposes with a renewed calling from his Spirit in our lives and church.
Eventually, we will be camping out in Matthew 28, the Great Commission, but to get there we must start here in John 3. Why? Because in order to properly align our ecclesiology â€“ meaning what the church is for â€“ we need to understand the mission of God and let that inform what we do individually and corporately â€“ but in order to get to the mission we must first understand who God and Christ are because God is the head of all things â€“ that includes his church.