As you have probably already heard or read, at Summit Church we exist to create disciples for the Glory of God.  Our fourth mark as a disciple is to live missionally which is the result of a disciple.

As those who have been reconciled to God through Christ we understand our role as disciples is to now be ministers of that same reconciliation, that we have received, to those around us.  Paul calls us “ambassadors of Christ”, making it clear that to be a disciple means we are to go and live missionally.

“All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them.  And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation.  We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us.  We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.  God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.” - 2 Corinthians 5:18-21

Therefore, since God has entrusted to us the message of His gospel, as disciples, we desire to steward it faithfully both in word and in deed.  The good news of Jesus must be proclaimed audibly and it must be demonstrated tangibly.

If we are to understand missions at a heart level then we must understand worship.  The two are inextricably tied.  Worship is both the motivation and the aspiration of missions.  The reason we endeavor to take Jesus to others is twofold.  First comes our worship - our response as a disciple.  Out of gratitude and joy for what God has done for us we simply must share Him with others.  In Corinthians 5:14 Christ’s love compels us, “For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”, and so as Peter and John declared in the face of persecution, in Acts 4:20, “we cannot help speaking about what we have seen and heard.”  It overflows, and thus worship motivates us.  People don’t worship the God who made them, and that’s precisely why we’re sent.  We long to see our families, communities, and even the nations cry out in praise to the Lord.

This plays out both at a global and local level at Summit Church.