Integration of Spirituality, Social Concern and Mission                                                  main page

  1. Spirituality, social concern and mission converge in the Triune God. Spirituality is our response to enjoy intimate communion with Him.  Social concern is the expression in action of Christ’s example and concern to the needy among us.  Mission is our submission to God's sending us to be His witnesses.
     

  2. The goal of spiritual and personal growth is to imitate Christ, that is, to have the mind of Christ (Phil. 2:5). Jesus commands us to "make disciples of all nations" (Matt. 28:19-20), hence, spirituality and social concern without the central focus of mission is incomplete and will not be Christ-centered.
     

  3. God’s mission desires that all people "have life, and have it to the full" (Jn. 10:10). If a missionary lacks the personal experience of such an abundant life or neglects spiritual disciplines, although he or she brings the gospel to others, yet he or she will become disqualified for the prize (1 Cor. 9:27). Furthermore, his or her life and fruits may not have any lasting impact.
     

  4. Throughout church history, mission movements often occurred in conjunction with spiritual disciplines, prayer movements, revivals and social action.
     

  5. To integrate spirituality, social concern and mission is to follow Jesus’ example in communion with God, concern for those who are needy and bringing the good news to people (Luke 4:18-19; Matt 9:1-17; 14:23).  To engage in mission without integration of spirituality and social concern will inevitably lead us to be busy and driven rather than being in the center of God’s will.
     

  6. Oftentimes, we let our inner wounds and unforgiven sins overcome us, resulting in a lack of vision and motivation for God’s mission.  The Holy Spirit seeks to empower us to receive inner healing and forgiveness through Christ so that we can fulfill our calling.
     

  7. We can be easily captivated by different kinds of idols that often make us unable to listen and respond to God’s call and guidance.  Spiritual disciplines enable us to experience liberation in Christ from the bondage of these idols.
     

  8. We are often overwhelmed by the challenges of missions. Through God's love and guidance, He leads us beyond our comfort zone to move out and touch the lives of peoples unreached by the gospel in their own spiritual, cultural, and political contexts, and to help them find hope and salvation in Christ.
     

  9. Mission entails encounters with spiritual warfare, but spiritual discipline and maturity enable and empower us to defeat evil and to find victory in Christ (Eph. 6:10-17).
     

  10. Spiritual renewal helps us stay in intimate relationship with the Father, follow the footsteps of Christ, and listen to the gentle voice of the Holy Spirit, so that we may be in step with the Triune God, reaching all the nations and making disciples of Christ.

 

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