The church’s mission is to show people God’s love
and to invite them into a relationship with him.
(See Matthew 28:19–20, Acts 4:32–35)
After Jesus had ascended to heaven and the Holy Spirit had been sent, the church was born. The church is the body of Christ on earth. It is commissioned to show the world what the kingdom of God will look like and to continue Jesus’ mission. The mission of the church is to show people God’s love and to let them know that it is possible to enter a relationship with him. We are called to do this in all the ways that Jesus did during his time on the earth. This is why we say that mission is holistic or integral: it encompasses the whole of life.
The church is called to show the world what it looks like to have a relationship with God that transforms our whole life. The world can see our relationships with each other and with God’s creation. People can see if we are following Jesus’ example. We are called to be a caring, inclusive community, serving those around us in love. We are also called to explain why we live in this way. Our role is to share the good news of the gospel with individuals and with the whole community, seeking a just society in which all can flourish and come to know God.
The way that local churches participate in this mission will look different in different countries and contexts. This is because the ways in which we show people the love of God will depend on the needs that they have at that time.