Big Idea

Jesus gifted His church with authority and power to continue His mission in the world. Jesus continues to guide His church as it provides kingdom witness in a broken world. Members of Christ’s church have the opportunity to live every day as missionaries to their world.

Application / Reflection

  • Write: Reflect on the wonder of being a part of Christ’s church in the world. How might you modify some beliefs, feelings, and actions in light of this vital biblical truth? Consider ways the church needs you, and you need the church, if we are to be faithful agents of Jesus’ mission to bring reconciliation to the whole world.

  • Pray: Begin your prayer with thanksgiving for the opportunity to be part of God’s mission in the world. Pray for the church to have vision and courage to live as a contrasting, witnessing people on full display of the world. Be sure to repent and ask for guidance when the Spirit reveals areas where you may be living out of alignment with the mission.

  • Share: Discuss one of the metaphors for the church as discussed in the lesson (temple, body of Christ, bride of Christ). How does the reality of the church as God’s mission impact your understanding? How can this learning alter the way you think, express emotions, and act in daily life?

By Jim Littles

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