In order to establish a correct missions philosophy, I think that our mission must first be spelled out and defined. Webster gives the following definition of “mission”: “That with which a messenger or agent is charged; duty on which one is sent; a commission.” So what is the church’s mission for today? There is a large push in these days that Christians be heavily involved in things like social justice. Social justice is not our mission though. I visit a lot of church websites, and under the heading “Missions” there are often organizations that help with the poor and needy. Sometimes these are the only ministries that are listed under a church’s “Missions” tab. Helping the poor and needy is not our mission. Let me just summarize this and save you and me some time. Education, politics, social issues, the poor, economics, food, and digging wells are not our missions.
Remember a mission is something that we have been charged with, a duty that we have been sent to accomplish. So what have we as Christians been charged with? That is found in Matthew 28:19 “Go ye therefore, and teach all nations,” or in Mark 16:15, “And he said unto them, Go ye into all the world, and preach the gospel to every creature.” We are to take the Gospel to the world. That is the last thing that Christ told His disciples to do. It is how Matthew, Mark, and Luke end; and how Acts begins. The proclamation of the Gospel in all the world should be the centerpiece of each church. It is not something that should be emphasized just once a year, but something we should be working toward every week.
So if spreading the Gospel throughout the world is our mission, do we ignore the other stuff? I don’t think so; I believe that there are Biblical grounds for a Christian doing all those things. Know this though, that our goal and aim is spreading the Gospel. Let’s keep our focus on the Biblical mandate.