Sending

In the story of Jesus, we find in the book of John immediately after the resurrection, Jesus saying to His closest friends and followers: “As the Father has sent me, so I send you.” (John 20.21)

This follows approximately 40 times in the book of John where Jesus is described as the one sent by God. Here though, in the wake of the resurrection, Jesus is the one doing the sending and at Crossings we interpret that sending to include each and everyone of us.

We believe God is a sending God. Rarely do people use that word to describe God, but all throughout the narrative of scripture God seems to be in the habit of sending. (for more on that idea, read this. Link to Brisco). This idea, if we can grasp it, brings understanding to the Bible that is often lacking. From the book Mission of God, “The Bible is the drama of this God of purpose engaged in the mission of achieving that purpose universally, embracing past, present and future, Israel and the nations, ‘life, the universe, and everything,’ and with its center, focus, climax, and completion in Jesus Christ. Mission is not just one of a list of things that the Bible happens to talk about, only a bit more urgently than some. Mission is, in that much-abused phrase, “what it’s all about.” (footnote needed)

And this story…this is the story that we believe we have all been invited into.

Mission is not just another program alongside other programs in a faith community or church, at least not at Crossings. Being sent as we all find our way back to God is THE organizing principle in our community.

“It is not the church of God that has a mission, but the God of mission who has a church.” (Bosch, footnote)

So, at Crossings we believe that a faith community is to come together regularly to gather, to be in community (which we do on Sundays and in small groups throughout the week), AND we are also to be sent, to scatter, to immerse ourselves in our neighborhoods, workplaces, anywhere and everywhere we live our lives.

This is what it means to live in the wake of the resurrection of Jesus.