“The church was made for mission–God’s mission” by Christopher J. H. Wright

“Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in. Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for His church in the world but that God has a church for His mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission—God’s mission.”

–Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God: Unlocking the Bible’s Grand Narrative (Downers Grove, Ill.: IVP Academic, 2006), 62.

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Filed under Christian Theology, Christopher J. H. Wright, Missions, Quotable Quotes, The Church

2 responses to ““The church was made for mission–God’s mission” by Christopher J. H. Wright

  1. Mark Sinclair

    You have shortened the original quote:

    Mission is not ours; mission is God’s. Certainly, the mission of God is the prior reality out of which flows any mission that we get involved in. Or, as has been nicely put, it is not so much the case that God has a mission for his church in the world but that God has a church for his mission in the world. Mission was not made for the church; the church was made for mission—God’s mission.

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