Ask our Missionaries (AoM):
If you had 5 minutes to preach right now, what would you share?
The Mission of Jesus
Luke 4:18, 19 (NIV)
18“The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, 19to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
What was Jesus’ mission statement while ministering on Earth? If you were to say it in one sentence or Scripture, what would his mission statement be? I believe that his mission statement is found in this verse. Jesus’ mission statement for his ministry could be reduced to: preaching good news to the poor, proclaiming freedom to prisoners, recovering sight to the blind and releasing the oppressed.
We believe that his purpose is as relevant to our ministry today as it was 2000 years ago. We desire for the Spirit of God to move mightily in the Golden Triangle among the unreached people groups. These poverty-striken folks are fearful captives to animism, oppressed by the majority and blind to the freedom found in Jesus. We want them to know the incredible news of hope that is found in Jesus Christ and proclaim his favor in their lives—spiritually, physically, psychologically and socially. It’s our mission statement and I believe that it should be the same for all Christians wherever they might be. Sure, a person might not be “preaching” the good news, but we all can share or explain it to pre-believers.
Daily, we’re surrounded by people who live oppressed and captive to the enemy of God while living in spiritual blindness. They need to hear the good news from us! You don’t have to go half-way around the world to share the redemption story. All followers of Jesus can partner with what He’s doing and lead people out of the darkness and into the light of eternal living hope at home and abroad. So let’s join together with Jesus’ mission statement for our lives and move forward!