During the month of August, I’m taking “the missional challenge.” I’ll be honest, I don’t know a great deal about this challenge, other than the fact that it’s advertised as “31 Days to Align with Jesus’ Mission.” I generally am not a fan of 31 days to align with something, 7 principles of a highly effective something else, or the 5 steps of salvation. But I was looking for something different to do with my morning Bible study time, and this opportunity presented itself. I thought I’d give it a shot. Dr. Dave DeVries, over at The Missional Challenge, has put together a 31-day program in which participants are led to understand what it means to be missional, and then to answer that calling in their own lives.
Take a look at the introduction to “the missional challenge.” — especially if you’re wanting to try something different and purposeful in your Bible study time. The first challenge (August 1) is here; and you’ve easily got time to catch up (you’re only a day behind). This first day took me about 20 minutes, and was definitely worth the time involved. I was asked to summarize the mission of Jesus by looking at nine scriptures in which we find mission statements for his coming to earth. I’ve attached my mission statement summary from these verses:
Jesus came to earth in submission and obedience to his Father. He came to give greater meaning to, and a proper interpretation of, the laws of God — and to demonstrate in the flesh these intentions and expectations of the Father. Jesus came to seek a human race that is lost, to serve us, and to offer his life for us, so we can be saved and experience the joys and freedoms of true life.
At least go have a look at the site and consider committing yourself to a 31-day study of mission.
And how would you summarize Jesus’ mission statement?