Here’s a great quote from a book that I’m currently working through, The Mission of God, by Christopher J.H. Wright (pg. 62):

51qo3y9wjzl_sl500_aa240_Mission is not ours; mission is God’s.  Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in.  Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has a church for his mission in the world.  Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission – God’s mission.

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