“But God raised him from the dead, freeing him from the agony of death, because it was impossible
for death to keep its hold on him” Acts 2: 24 (NIV)
‘Mission’ is one of those words that has become somewhat maligned and misunderstood in our time. My simple definition for mission is the task, ascribed to and undertaken by the church, of connecting people to Jesus Christ and to each other. Mission and Christ – the two go together. At the heart of mission is the mission of Christ. The medium is the message. Without Christ we have no mission. Consider this verse:
If Christ be not true
If Christ died not for me and you
If from a tomb, He did not rise
To conquer death the third sunrise
Then all is lost – with faith we flirt
The mission bankrupt – hope inert!
But supposing Christ is really true
That He has risen to death undo
That from the grave He stepped aside
To be our Saviour – be our Guide
Then all is won – our trust concrete
And we lack nothing – the mission complete!