We affirm that Christ sends his redeemed people into the world as the Father sent him, and that this calls for a similar deep and costly penetration of the world. We need to break out of our ecclesiastical ghettos and permeate non-Christian society. In the Church’s mission of sacrificial service evangelism is primary. World evangelization requires the whole Church to take the whole gospel to the whole world…. The goal should be, by all available means and at the earliest possible time, that every person will have the opportunity to hear, understand, and to receive the good news.
The Lausanne Covenant
Mission is not primarily concerned with church growth. It is primarily concerned with the reign and rule of the Triune God.
It seems we work very hard to insulate ourselves from the very world Jesus says we should be focused on. It seems we have created, without malicious design, a Christian bubble—an evangelical subculture—where Christians live surrounded only by other Christians, and as a result, there are few among the lost whom we get to know intimately. Christian experts tell us how to raise our kids, how to handle our finances, what music to buy, what movies to see, and which books to read. The bubble is complete. But God is on a mission outside the bubble.
Ed Stetzer & Philip Nation, Compelled by Love, p.33.
It is scarcely possible to overemphasize the centrality of the fame of God in motivating the mission of the church.
John Piper, The Pleasures of God, Multnomah Publishers, p. 118.
The church tends to make tame the life that was once in us and then confines its constituency to a cage of respectability and safety instead of releasing people back into the wild where the church is meant to live untamed, full of love and life in the midst of sin, pain, despair and suffering, incarnating the very presence and love of God.
Tom Johnston and Mike Chong Perkinson, The Organic Reformation
Behold, I am sending you out as sheep in the midst of wolves, so be wise as serpents and innocent as doves.