Mission is what the Bible is all about. Mission flows from the heart of God to our hearts for the sake of the world.
We are missionaries
To be a follower of Jesus is to be commissioned to tell the Good New of Jesus to others, helping them to understand the implications of the Good News of his kingdom for their lives both now and for eternity.
After his resurrection, Jesus gave this Great Commission to his followers,
"All authority in heaven and earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age" (Matthew 28:18-20).
He also said,
"As the Father sent me, so I am sending you" (John 20:21).
These words of Jesus tells us that his disciples are sent as missionaries--people who tell others about the Good News of Jesus Christ--whether we go around the world or we go across the street.
We live as sent people who have experienced the grace of the Lord Jesus Christ and the amazing love of the Father, and it is both our calling and our privilege to be heralds of this life-transforming Gospel.
We Are Servants
Jesus is the King of kings and Lord of lords, but he also became the Servant of servants.
On the night he was betrayed, he took a towel and a bowl of water and washed the feet of his disciples. In that day, such a task was usually reserved for the lowest of servants. Even his disciple, Peter, objected to what Jesus was doing.
And then Jesus said,
"You call me Teacher and Lord, and you are right, for so I am. If I then, your Lord and Teacher, have washed your feet, you also outh to wash one another's feet. For have have given you an example, that you also should do just as I have done to you. Truly, truly, I say to you, a servant is not greater than his master, nor is a messenger greater than the one who sent him. If you know these things, blessed are you if you do them" (John 13:13-17).
Jesus not only taught us that we should love by serving others, but he became the example par excellence (cf. Philippians 2:3-11).
And so as followers of Jesus, we are learning what it means to humble ourselves by serving others. Whether in our marriages, in our family, in our work environments, or just anywhere in our beautiful but broken city, we make it our ambition to be servants. Indeed, it is our highest calling to imitate our Lord Jesus.
We are in, with, and for the City
As the story of the gospel forms us into a family of disciples sent by Jesus to make disciples, we embrace our calling to live on mission where God has placed us in the city of Calgary.
As Calgarians, we neither despise nor retreat from our city, but rather embrace it and love it. Rather, we are in, with, and for the city of Calgary.
In the City
- We show great respect for people from diverse backgrounds and beliefs, thankful that we can be neighbours and servants to so many kinds of people.
- We take seriously the honest questions that people have about life, God, and faith, knowing that these are the things that matter most. Therefore, we want to honour questions that many people have, and we seek to give honest answers.
- We strive to make the message of Christianity intelligible and accessible to people of all ages and backgrounds believing the Jesus is worth considering and understanding.
With the City
- We live in this great city with all its opportunity and abundance. At the same time, we long to see her be all that it can be with the blessing of God. We grieve over the brokenness of the city, knowing that the things are not the way they are supposed to be.
- We seek to be the kind of neighbours that bring blessing to others, knowing that simple acts of love, kindness, and intentionality are part of our design as humans.
- We seek to integrate faith and work, knowing that the purpose of work is to serve others.
For the City
- We know that it's difficult to admit that we are more broken, flawed, and yes even more sinful than we'd like to admit, but we've discovered that in Christ we are more loved, forgiven, and accepted than we had ever dared to dream.
- We invite our neighbours, collegues, teammates, and friends to respond to the Good News of what God has done to reconcile all things to himself in Christ Jesus.
- We seek the flourishing of the city. Therefore, we work for justice, mercy, and compassion in our spheres of influences.
Like the ancient people of God, we are called to seek the peace of the city. That means we seek the flourishing of Calgary. And we believe that happens when the Gospel is proclaimed, and Christ is embraced as it's rightful King.
What was said about the ancient city of Samaria when it responded to the Gospel of Christ, may it be said of Calgary: "...there was much joy in that city" (Acts 8:8).