Kingdom Focused, Gospel Centered, Church Based
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The Missional Matrix was adopted by the CCBC Mission Team to maximize effectiveness as we embrace Jesus’ “Great Commission”. The Matrix provides a framework for making strategic decisions about mission involvement and for evaluating missional effectiveness. Missional ministry is Kingdom-Focused, Gospel-Centered, and Church-Based. Missions occurs where these three emphases intersect.
“Jesus went into Galilee, proclaiming the good news of God. ‘The time has come,’ he said. ‘The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!’”. (Mark 1:14-15) Kingdom-focused ministry demonstrates God’s presence in action by meeting the real-life needs of people for eternity’s sake. Jesus healed the sick, fed the poor, comforted the grieving and, in general, demonstrated God’s love to people in need. As citizens of Jesus’ Kingdom, we are empowered to live as He lived. Kingdom people intentionally spread Jesus’ fame without regard to who takes the lead or gets the credit. Kingdom focused activity is a cooperative effort with other believers who share our passion for Christ’s mission.
“[Jesus read the scroll where it is written], ‘The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19) The word translated, “Good News” is the Greek word for “Gospel” which is the message of salvation through faith in Jesus Christ. As we meet needs “in Jesus’ Name”, it is imperative that we intentionally and verbally share the Gospel with people. Jesus met the needs of the whole person, connecting His power to meet physical needs to His desire to meet spiritual needs (i.e., John 6:1 – 51). Every person’s greatest need is salvation through Christ. And, they must hear Good News so they can respond by trusting Him as Savior and Lord. Sharing the Gospel is central to any ministry we call missions/missional.
Jesus replied, “Blessed are you, Simon son of Jonah, for this was not revealed to you by flesh and blood, but by my Father in heaven. And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it. I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven . . . .” (Matthew 16:17 – 19) Jesus gave authority to extend His Kingdom to His Church; he also commissioned the Church to share His Good News with the world’s people. God has given Christ’s Church a special task that can only be accomplished by the Body of Christ. The role of church leaders is to equip believers for effective service; and, to mobilize believers on mission. The goal of mission action is to engage the people of God in the mission of God; and, to enlarge His Kingdom through expanding the influence of the Church and multiplying the number of churches locally to globally.