It’s the question we probably don’t ask enough: What is God up to? What exactly is God’s Mission?
Most Christians, whether they know it or not, have an answer to this question. All we have to do is look at the loudest examples of faith around us, and we begin to formulate an opinion. These opinions are usually based on what we see, not how God sees. Because 99% of people will soak in the Church before they begin to soak in God.
For all of us, our answer to “What is the Mission of God” usually depends as much on our experience with the Church as on our experience with scripture. In fact, our deepest ideas about God are shaped largely by how see the Church living and breathing. Practice often informs theology more than theology informs practice. This is why a community that shares generously, loves unconditionally, and lives joyfully can speak more truth than 1,000 sermons. What we do and how we do it matters.