For many, the deepest WHY of missions is lacking. The early church understood that EVERYTHING spirals out of our understanding of God—the triune God of the Bible.
“…As the Father has sent Me, I am sending you. And with that, he breathed [on them] and said, Receive the Holy Spirit.” (John 20:19–22)
As Missio Dei is the expression of God Himself, so Missio Dei is the essential expression of faith in the life of the believer.
Historically, what does the phrase Missio Dei describe?
1) Missio Dei is grounded in the Holy Trinity: The Father sends the Son and the Spirit into the world.
2) The triune God’s mission is our mission. He has come, we are called.
3) Missio Dei is a deeply personal invitation: It is the essential expression of faith in the life of the believer.
Missio Dei is the intimate, existential divine calling; we are free to say yes or no. Yet obedience to our Lord in self-giving is essential to our being filled with God’s Life.
In the end, understanding who God is will define WHY you and I exist, WHO we are as persons, and HOW we may most be fulfilled individually and in relationship to other persons, and above all else to our Creator.