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The church has always been a missional community. Wherever Christians have gone, they’ve taken their faith with them and shared the good news about Jesus. But they not only spoke about it—they also
lived it out in concrete ways. The reason is simple: it’s a direct imitation of Jesus or a direct commission from Jesus. The mission of the church comes from Christ. But be warned...the mission of the church and the gospel of Jesus Christ are more complex than we realize.
When God gave people his Word, the Bible, he did not give them the finished puzzle. In a sense, he gave them the box filled with so many pieces that it took centuries for them to put it together. It wasn’t just one person who worked on this puzzle, but countless individuals from a rich mix of tim...