Thursday, July 9, 2009

Missio Dei

The term Missio Dei is being bantered around most church circles these days, so I thought Id blog a little on this one....

Missio Dei is a Latin Christian theological term that can be translated as the "sending of God."
Mission is understood as being derived from the very nature of God. The missionary initiative comes from God alone.

When kept in the context of the Scriptures, missio Dei correctly emphasizes that God is the initiator of His mission to redeem through the Church a special people for Himself from all of the peoples (τα εθνη) of the world. He sent His Son for this purpose and He sends the Church into the world with the message of the gospel for the same purpose [Wikipedia]. Mission is not primarily an activity of the church, but an attribute of God. God is a missionary God. "It is not the church that has a mission of salvation to fulfill in the world; it is the mission of the Son and the Spirit through the Father that includes the church."[Wikipedia]

Basically, God has been actively building His Kingdom on earth and calling individuals throughout history into to participate in his ongoing mission. The focus is on the fact that it is God's mission that we are to participate in.

Questions to consider:
1. How are you participating in the missio dei?
2. What do you need to change to participate more?
3. What has stopped you in the past from participating?
4. What does God require of you to be more effective in participating?

Maybe this is worth a discussion with your friends, small group, community or church.

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