MISSION – “outwards”

Ludwig Von Zinzendorf (German religious and social reformer and bishop of the Moravian Church) once famously stated, “Every heart with Christ is a missionary; every heart without Christ is a mission field.” This statement underlines a basic principle exemplified by the New Testament church found in Acts, and it’s a good place for us to start. When the good news of the Gospel is rooted in the hearts and minds of believers, the desire to share it with a world that sorely needs to hear good news, should be virtually impossible to ignore.

Naturally missional

What does that mean for Widcombe?

At Widcombe, we believe that as a church community made up of individuals, we are called to impact individuals, communities, and indeed nations. We want to develop a greater grasp of what it means to be mission: with integrity, authenticity, intent, purpose and action.

Walking as Jesus walked

Dietrich Bonhoeffer, German Lutheran pastor and theologian during the second world war said, “The Church is nothing but a section of humanity in which Christ has really taken form.” Jesus was compelled to reach out to the outcast, to seek the lost, to preach the good news and demonstrate the love and reality of His Father. If Christ has truly taken form amongst us, then we must do as Christ did, to love as He loved, with words and actions, and to stand beside the broken and the lost. In Widcombe, we feel spurred into action, to see as Jesus saw, to walk as Jesus walked, to talk as Jesus talked, and to be moved as He was. Jesus is our model: our desire is to be like Him, “having compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd”.

Intentionally being missional

It can sometimes take as long to cross the street as the ocean. When the lawyer asked Jesus in Luke 10, “who then is my neighbour?”, he asks a good question. We strive to have eyes to see who our neighbours are and a desire to have willing hearts, and to build relational bridges. We want to be ready to go and love our neighbours in whatever work, study, social or family context God has placed us in. Our desire in Widcombe is to grow a community that is equipped and confident in relational lifestyle outreach, not wanting to simply expect people to walk into our churches and believe (although we love it when that happens)!

Intentionally doing mission

At Widcombe, we believe that as a church community made up of individuals, we are called to impact individuals, communities, and indeed nations. We want to develop a greater grasp of what it means to be mission: with integrity, authenticity, intent, purpose and action.