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The Urban Ministry of Jesus and the Missio Dei

Author: Sérgio Paulo R. Lyra
Date: 29.06.2010
Category: Cities

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The Urban Ministry of Jesus and the Missio Dei

Dr. Sergio Lyra

1. Defining Our Terms

Considering that the proper understanding of terms is essential to the understanding, we decided to offer a brief discussion about the meaning of mission, missiology and Missio Dei. It is true that a lot has been written about it, but wishing that the concept we use may be homogeneous, we opt to define what we want to express with these terms.

Missio Dei

This is a Latin expression which means Mission of God. By special revelation, the Bible, God is known as the Creator, Lord and Sovereign over all, and to whose decrees, can never be frustrated. God is always the author of finished works, all that He determined in his word certainly has happened or will happen, and this is a truth that permeates the entire Bible. When we realize that the work of restoring all of creation has its origin in God himself, we believe that this mission is Missio Dei. Hence, we find out that the vocation, empowerment and missionary motivations also have their source in God himself (John 17:18). The missionary actions to proclaim the message has its beginning  in God’s heart, who announced and sent his Son. Jesus, in turn, asked the Father to send his Spirit, and is the Holy Spirit calls, regenerates, sanctifies, and empowers the Church and send it to the world with a mission. If the mission in which we got involved is Missio Dei, then at least five implications arise immediately:

  1. It can’t be aborted - This is the divine plan outlined in eternity and brought to implementation in a perfect and pleromatic time.
  1. It is God who calls and enables - The plan for salvation of the sinful human was born in God’s heart. He sent his Son into the world, he called men and women through his Holy Spirit, and the called people are then justified, regenerated, converted, and sanctified to take part in the mission.
  1. The sovereignty of God is what determines the results - Contrary to what many may think, the results of the missions can’t be measured by numbers or missionary strategies, or even assigned only to the effort and work of missionaries. If the mission is Missio Dei, it’s true that is the Christian who plants the divine seed. It’s biblical that there is the human responsibility of every Christian to go and preach. There is the responsibility of the non Christian to hear and believe, but it is always God who will make the gospel seed germinate, grow and give fruits.
  1. It implies in devotion and sacrifice - This leads us to the paradox that exists between the divine sovereignty and human responsibility. Particular actions of God’s mission was entrusted by him to his servants. Every christian received the missionary mandate (Matthew 28:18, Acts 1:8), so from every believer is expected loyalty, responsiveness, dedication, devotion and decision to pay the price. To be a participating in the God’s mission is a task that is worth living and worth dying for.
  1. The Church is the only missionary agency - The close relation of being the church of Jesus and be sent by Jesus in the manner of his own mission (John 17:18), must be seen as unbreakable, as there is no other church but the church sent to the world and no other missionary agency but the Church of Christ.

English Translation by: SergioLyra
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Keywords: missio, mission, missiology, city, cities, urban, evangelism, evangelization, contextualization, church

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Sergio,
Minhas desculpas para o meu Português, eu corri a minha resposta através de um serviço de tradução do Google!
Seu quinto ponto, "A Igreja é a sua única agência missionária" é um bom lembrete para aqueles de nós, inclusive eu, que trabalham em ministérios cristãos fora da igreja. Temos de nos certificar de que não pretendem assumir o papel da igreja, mas em vez disso, o trabalho apenas para permitir que a Igreja na missão dada a ela. Deus deu a Grande Comissão para a igreja, não para as organizações.
Concordo inteiramente com o ponto de que se os sistemas de controle de uma cidade que não são transformados, não há efetiva transformação. No entanto, o que vem primeiro, a transformar as pessoas ou transformar os sistemas? Parece-me que a transformação dos sistemas é melhor tratado por Cristo, a transformar as pessoas que controlam ou supervisionar os sistemas. Ou gerar bastante movimento de pessoas transformadas clamando por fim à injustiça que o sistema não pode continuar.

Joshua


01.07.2010
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@ JBennett:

Josh,


Obrigado pelos comentários. Glória a Deus pela tecnologia, é quase uma inversão de BABEL. O português estava muito bom.


Acredito que Cristo morreu pelas pessoas e são elas que devem primeiro ouvir da graça, caso contrário cairíamos no mesmo erro da Teologia da Libertação. Porém, o ser humano é relacional, logo tudo que ele faz afeta suas estruturas de convivência, de um jeito ou de outro. Negar isto, seria optar por criar um gueto cristão dentro da cidade fato que, não raro, acontence - vou postar um artigo sobre este assunto).


Gostaria de propagar mais a idéia de que todos os cristãos são vocacionados para ser missionários (perto, longe ou muito longe) e que essa venha a ser uma das marcas do congresso. Pois, falamos em um evangelho todo para todos e pouco falamos que toda igreja e a igreja toda é missionáaria.


Em Cristro, o nosso modelo


Sergio Lyra


02.07.2010

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