A Clear Rationale for the Commitment of the Church of God in Tennessee to Missions
Mission is the chief reason the Church exists. Ecclesiology (doctrine of the Church) and missiology (doctrine of missions) are inseparably linked. Ecclesial mission derives from theology proper (doctrine of God) in that the Church’s mission reflects the divine nature. Ultimately mission belongs to God (missio Dei), and describes God’s plan to restore fallen creation, including humanity, through God’s invitation to participate in the working out of that divine purpose. Pentecostal missions are driven, first, by a distinctive pneumatological orientation (confident dependence on the Holy Spirit), and second, by a sense of eschatological urgency (keen awareness of our Lord’s imminent return). These values fuel a primary evangelistic emphasis coupled with openness to serving other aspects of human need as well.
Pentecostal evangelistic fervor and effectiveness are a direct result of the distinctive experience of Spirit baptism (Luke 24:49; Acts 1:8). Furthermore, Christology (doctrine of Christ) and the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20; Mark 16:15-18; Luke 24:46-48; John 20:21) are closely connected. Commitment to Christ compels his disciples to a deep commitment to his commission to reach the world with the gospel. The mission of the Pentecostal movement, and of the Church of God, continues to be evangelistically prioritized, empowered by the Holy Spirit, and centered on Christ while engaging with broader communities in faithful witness of the Lord Jesus Christ and his gospel of God’s redeeming love to a world ravaged by sin (John 3:16).
Although the Church of God is not a new presence in Mozambique, there has been a significant change since the beginning of the Firewall Project. Through this project, the Church of God in Mozambique now has a beautiful new building. Not only does the building serve as a training center for Firewall Project leaders, but this building meets several needs for the church community there as well. It has provided them with their first national offices for the Church of God. There is a church that meets there weekly and throughout the week, the building is also used as an outreach center. This beautiful building not only serves as a testament to the legitimacy of the Church of God in Mozambique, setting it apart, but it has also become an invaluable tool that the church is using to reach their community with the light of Christ.