By Alan Hirsch
“Just as the Father sent me, so I send you.” (Jesus in John 20:21)
As our name suggest, 100Movements is all about movement. We really do believe that an authentic movement form of the church is the only one that will advance the cause of Christ in the 21st Century. In seeking to reactivate the movement forms that are rooted in the NT understanding and experience of church, we feel that we are working with the Spirit because we are seeking to develop our methodology along the lines on which he has demonstrated in the sending of his Son, Jesus the Messiah.
God has intended us to be missional movement, no less. Incarnational mission is written into our deepest instincts and our most primal ecclesial codes because it derives from Jesus commissioning of the church in Jn.20:21. Through his life and ministry and teachings, Jesus explicitly both demonstrates this movement and commits disciples everywhere to follow in his particular Way.
The Word became flesh and blood, and moved into the neighborhood. We saw the glory with our own eyes. (John 1:14 MSG)
According to Jn.20:21, not only are we a “sent people” (“…so I send you”), but we are to follow in the Way in which he himself was sent… the way of incarnation (“just as the Father sent me…”). Mission and incarnation are in actual fact two sides of the same coin—that’s why the mDNA is called Missional-Incarnational Impulse. One of the big challenges facing the church in the 21st Century is not only to become missional (which we are slowly learning) but also to learn how to actually embody the message of the church and become incarnational. The two belong inseparably together.
Authentic missional methodology must always be shaped on our deepest theology. If the mission of God (missio Dei) is the source of us being a sent people, then it is the doctrine of the Incarnation that provides us with the pattern of how we ourselves can become an incarnational people. Because God is a missional God, we become a missional church. Because God is an Incarnational God, we become an incarnational church. At 100M, we call this competency, incarnational messaging because we must seek to become the unique messages that God seeks to convey through our personal lives as well as that of our communities. We see the efforts of churches that follow in this way as living experiments in the truth that is rooted in the life and teachings of King Jesus.
Join with what God has always been doing in Jesus… Incarnation mission.
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