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God's Mission Matters November podcast - Be different!

Be different! Bringing the mission experience into everyday life

November 15, 2010
By By Dennis Smith

Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is — his good, pleasing and perfect will.” (Romans 12:2) 

Can you dare to be different in mission?

Here’s what we hear all around us: Mission is what we do for God. We, as God’s messengers, can go in to a needy community, figure out what’s wrong, then use our money and our labor to set things right. Folks in the needy community will be forever grateful. Quick, neat, high-impact that’s how we like to do things!

But what we are learning is very different. The lessons aren’t new; the best mission practices have always challenged the values and priorities of time and place. More than 170 years of experience have taught the Presbyterian Church (U.S.A.) that mission is God working through all of human history to bring the Good News of Jesus to all of humankind.

God works through Presbyterians, through our mission partners, and through many groups and individuals whose names we’ll never know. Mission promotes evangelism and justice, education and human wholeness. Through mission activities God reaches out especially to those on the margins of society.

Mission work is slow and messy and delightfully complex, because that is what our lives are like as God’s children. Mission is building relationships of interdependence. Mission changes us, because mission relationships transform us. Mission allows God to work through our partners to be agents in our conversion to the fullness of the Gospel.

Can you dare to be different in mission?.

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Can you dare to be different in mission?

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