Within the church
the Kingdom of God is manifested by living out the reality of Jesus' statement, "By this
shall all people know you are my disciples, by your love for one another." This
is the manner by which the missional church establishes a credible witness to
Outside the walls of the church, God's mission is manifested by the church
recognizing and ministering to those situations that are not yet under the reign
of God: people's spiritual and practical needs as well as to the "principalities
and powers" in the community affecting people's lives in an
God is the source,
life, director, and the power of God's mission through the Holy
Spirit. As Henry Blackaby says in his study,
Experiencing God (p.28), "You never find God asking persons to dream up
what they want to do for God" (www.blackabyministries.org). Instead, we join God in what God is
already doing in the ways God calls us to be involved. There are always more
needs and situations than an individual church can address, so we seek God's
leadership. Even with God's specific leading, the ministry to which we are
called is larger than our spiritual or physical resources, necessitating our
complete dependence upon God.
In his book,
Shaped by God's Heart: The Passion and Practices of Missional Churches, Milfred Minatrea (www.missional.org) speaks of the
dei, the missio dei, and the gloria dei. "The Bible reveals
that people are created for relationship with God for specific purposes.
Foundationally, individuals are created to reflect the image of God, or imago
dei." "The New Testament "Body" metaphor evidences God's purpose that the
Church reflect [God's] image, as God's Body being present in the world." "The Body of Christ will seek to accomplish [God's] purpose.
Those who bear [God's] image are sent to serve [God's] mission, missio dei."
"Ultimately, the church exists for the glory of God, gloria dei." "The
church is a Body, made in God's image, sent on God's mission, to be God's