God has a mission. God’s mission is to redeem a broken creation, broken as a result of sin and disobedience. He has done this through the life, death, resurrection and exaltation of Jesus and through the gift of the Spirit to God’s people. And He has done all this in order to bring creation back into its perfect order. Of course, I speak here of God’s final Kingdom, but the challenge of God’s people is to live into that kingdom now. That is God’s mission, and because God has a mission, there is a church. Because God has a mission, there is the local church.
Therefore, it follows that the church exists for mission. Mission is to the church what flames are to the fire … no flames, no fire. No mission, no church. What is our mission? Our mission must be to align with God’s mission. And what is God’s mission?