The mission of Remedy Church is to enjoy and extend restored life in Jesus.

 

We Be and We Do

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. 2 Corinthians 5.19

There is a being and a doing nature to being a Christian. Christianity isn’t just a social marker or national or family grouping. Becoming a Christian means becoming a Christ-follower, taking on a new identity and assuming a new responsibility in the world.

Enjoy Restored Life

The Bible says that in Christ, God was reconciling us to himself. So we who were once alienated from him and hostile toward him, he has now reconciled back to him (Col. 1.21), and he has done that by the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus, through our faith in him. Before anything else, we are sons and daughters of God, co-heirs and brothers and sisters with Jesus (Rom. 8.14-17)!

So one basic part of our identity as Christians is who we are, and God wants us to find joy, delight, and satisfaction in that. He wants us to enjoy the restored life we’ve received in Jesus.

Extend Restored Life

Now that we have been reconciled to God, through Jesus, to experience restored life, he has entrusted that message of reconciliation to us. The way he is extending his message of hope and forgiveness to the world is through us (2 Cor. 5.20). He calls us his ambassadors.

Jesus’ last words to his followers were sending words. In John 20.21 he said, “As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.” God didn’t rescue us from death and disaster just to sit. Now that we’ve been rescued, he wants us to join him in his rescue mission. He wants us to extend restored life in word and deed.

He wants the entire world to know of the rescue, hope, and restored life that he offers in Jesus, and he has sent us as his messengers, both in how we enjoy Christ and what we say about him.

In Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation.

2 Corinthians 5.19

1. GOSPEL

The church is a people restored to God by the gospel.

The gospel is the good news that, in his death and resurrection, Jesus has rescued us from the penalty and the power of sin. This is good news because there is bad news first. Apart from Jesus we are dead in our sins, without hope and alienated from God, living our lives in rebellion against him with no power or desire to change, and because God is completely righteous and completely just we are subject to his eternal punishment. (Titus 3.4-5; Ephesians 2.1-3; Colossians 1.21; Titus 3.3)

By our faith in Jesus, we who were far away have been brought near, reconciled to God through the sacrifice of Jesus, made his sons and daughters, and declared blameless. This happens through the work of the Holy Spirit, who convicts of sin, gives the new birth, and moves into our lives to counsel, empower, and guide, giving us spiritual communion with God. (Ephesians 2.1-22; 1.13-14; Colossians 1.22; John 3.3-8;16.7-15; Romans 8.1-11)

Believing the gospel is not a one-time decision. It is a constant process of being confronted with our own sinfulness and weakness, confessing and repenting of it, and learning to live in the power that God gives through his Spirit. Gospel belief isn’t something we did; it’s something we started, and we won’t finish until we reach Heaven. (1 Corinthians 15.1-2; Colossians 1.23)

The gospel is the power and glue of the church from beginning to end and everywhere in between. It makes us who we are and drives everything we do. The gospel not only gets us into heaven, but continues to empower change in our lives as we grow in obedience and faith. (Romans 1.16; 16.25; 1 Corinthians 1.18; Colossians 1.3-6)

But now in Christ Jesus you who once were far off have been brought near by the blood of Christ. For he himself is our peace, who has made us both one and has broken down in his flesh the dividing wall of hostility.

Ephesians 2.13-14

2. COMMUNITY

The church is a people restored to each other by the gospel.

Without the gospel we are alienated from each other. When we believe the gospel, not only are we restored to God; we are also restored in relationship to each other by virtue of our new relationship to God via the Holy Spirit. The Holy Spirit works in each believer to make them one with God’s people. Because of the gospel we are no longer enemies with each other, but a family in Christ. We are no longer isolated individuals seeking only our own self-interests, but are made into a community who is freed to genuinely love and seek the good of each other, trusting in God to meet the needs of all. (John 17.20-23; Titus 3.3; 1 Corinthians 12.12-26; Ephesians 2.14-22; Ephesians 4.1-16; Philippians 2.1-4; 1 John 1.3)

Because of this commonality in the Spirit and our mutual concern for each other, we are freed to live in authentic fellowship with each other, confessing our weaknesses and sins and finding forgiveness, support, and encouragement. Living in gospel-focused community motivates us to live on mission with God.

Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”

John 20.21

3. MISSION

The church is a people who extend the restoration of the gospel in word and deed.

Without the gospel we all seek our own agendas, but when we are reborn by faith in the gospel we exchange those agendas for God’s agenda, i.e. the mission of God. As people who are restored to him and each other through the gospel, we become his means of extending the restoration we have experienced to others by showing and telling them the gospel with loving words and deeds. (Matthew 28.19-20; Luke 6.36; 1 Corinthians 4.1-2; 2 Corinthians 5.18-20; James 2.14-17)

At its core the church is about making disciples of Jesus in all that it does. We are saved and restored to God and each other by the gospel, but our identity does not stop there. We are not simply a gospel community. We are a gospel community on mission. The natural outworking of faith in our lives is to join God in his mission to see people put their faith in Jesus and follow him in radical obedience.

Our mission also does not culminate in seeing people put their faith in Jesus and be saved. Our mission is to present people perfect in Christ: spiritually mature and equipped for good works.

More Reading on Gospel, Community, & Mission:

Gospel, J.D. Greear
The Explicit Gospel, Matt Chandler
Total Church, Tim Chester & Steve Timmis
Life Together, Dietrich Bonhoeffer
8 to 15, Tom Mercer
The Gospel & Personal Evangelism, Mark Dever

 

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