The Mission of the Church – from Henri Nouwen’s Bread for the Journey

There are more people on this planet outside the Church than inside it.  Millions have been baptised, millions have not. Millions participate in the celebration of the Lord’s Supper, but millions do not.

The Church as the body of Christ, as Christ living in the world, has a larger task than to support, nurture, and guide its own members.  It is also called to be a witness for the love of God made visible in Jesus.   Before his death Jesus prayed for his followers, “As you sent me into the world, I have sent them into the world”  (John 17:18).  Part of the essence of being the Church is being a living witness for Christ in the world.

For further reflection…

“You diligently study the Scriptures because you think that by them you possess eternal life.  These are the Scriptures that testify about me, yet you refuse to come to me to have life.” – John 5: 39, 40 (NIV)

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“Jesus is calling each of us not to hide behind the walls that give us security but to be free, free to be ourselves and to speak the truth, even if it hurts.”

-from The Gospel of John, The Gospel of Relationship
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