Our mission flows from radical commitment to God’s mission to fulfil his redemptive purposes for his creation. God calls his people to be participants and it is the church’s privilege and responsibility to live out God’s love for the world.
Mission flows from the heart of God
The biblical revelation, culminating in the person and work of Jesus Christ and the sending of the Spirit, portrays a God who, as creator, will fulfil his purposes for everything he has made. So, in love, he perseveres, ruling overall and acting in Christ to reconcile a fallen and rebellious world to himself. The mission of his people in Christ is to work as his servants/partners in his mission.
The story of the Bible can be understood as the unfolding drama of redemption and as the enunciation of the means by which the purpose of God will be completed. We look forward to the time when God’s glory fills the whole earth.
Mission is centred in Christ
While God speaks and acts in various ways, it is above all in the Lord Jesus Christ that we see focussed God’s redemptive work. Only through the death and resurrection of the incarnate Son of God is there salvation for humankind. It is through a relationship with Christ, in fellowship with his people, that reconciliation is found, for it is God’s purpose to unite all things in Christ.
Christ’s life and ministry is the pattern for all valid Baptist Mission Australia activity. It seeks to embody God’s love, truth, justice and mercy in persons, not only in words. At the same time, we recognize that we are still in the process of being transformed into Christ’s likeness and so live God’s forgiving grace in our relationships.
Mission is directed and empowered by the Spirit
The mission of God’s people is under the direction of God by his Spirit. Thus Baptist Mission Australia seeks to be sensitive to the Spirit’s guidance as to where and how he is calling Baptist Mission Australia to be involved, alert to ways in which he is already at work. The Spirit provides the enabling power for life and witness, giving victory in spiritual conflict.
Mission is by people to people
God called Abraham both to be blessed and to be a blessing to all families of the earth. This was to be the life pattern of God’s people through the ages: a people called to a living relationship with God who so live and speak that in turn others throughout the world enter the same relationship with God and with one another. Thus the primary means of mission today is the building of the church, God's reconciled people in Christ, which is to be involved with him amongst the peoples of the earth.
When people know the work of God in their life and have entered into a reconciled relationship with him, they join the fellowship of Christ followers. They are thereby called to be God's partner in his mission, agents of his purpose for the world.
Mission is contextual and corporate
Affirming that all peoples, without distinction, have been created in God’s image and are loved by him, and learning from the history of God’s people, Baptist Mission Australia seeks to work in ways that empower communities to search the Scriptures, developing their own distinctive ways of following Christ within their own distinctive cultures.
Following Christ is both personal and corporate. Thus believers seek to discern together how to serve God together in his mission within their own community with its own particularities. They do so recognising that the fellowship of the family of believers is worldwide, embracing diversity within our oneness in Christ. Mission that is in partnership with God will also be in partnership with other believers and other churches, being a light to all nations.
Mission involves all areas of life
The creative, redemptive, and restorative mission of God is as extensive as the pervasive effect of human sin. As such, it is towards all people, embraces every part of life, is concerned with the whole creation, is both individual and corporate and has to do with both time and eternity. It is no less than the coming of the Kingdom of God.
A concern with the whole creation involves care for the whole environment, both people and places. God’s act of creating is his first missionary act and God’s design for creation ensures the nurture and care of all that lives and breathes within it. Creation first nurtures and cares for us. Caring for God’s creation is therefore, in return, an expression of his kingdom and a practical demonstration of loving our neighbours. Programs that focus on environmental issues are a unique opportunity to demonstrate the love of Christ to people and all living things that are inextricably bound up with the created physical environment.
God's passion for mercy and justice, bringing about what is right, is evident especially in the work of Christ reconciling fallen people to himself. His people replicate this concern by doing to others that which we want for ourselves.
One implication is that mission is concerned with positive social change as well as individual change. Institutions, authorities, laws and societies that undermine human dignity or that oppose the just and loving rule of God are objects for redemptive transformation. The good news of Christ concerns all relationships, with God and with others and with all creation.