Ministry and the Lordship of Christ

Finally, of course, missions must be confessional. Jesus is Lord. And Jesus must become Lord. Every system, every power, and every city must brought under the lordship of Christ. We do not minister to global youth for the sake of global youth. We do not minister to global urban poor for the sake of global urban poor. We do not even perform such ministries in order to achieve the status of sheep rather than goats. We do ministry/missions for the sake of Jesus. We do them in order to bring him honor and glory. We do them as a way of seeking to move the cosmos toward that day when “at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father” (Phil 2: 10-11). We do them because that will be the best expression of globalization of all!

–Manuel Ortiz, “Sharing the Opportunity of Ministry
to the Global Urban Poor,” in Confronting Kingdom Challenges

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