Spreading a Passion for the Supremacy of God…

Spreading a passion for the supremacy of God in all things for the joy of all peoples through Jesus Christ.

That’s the mission statement of the church I attend. I like the mission a lot because it concisely summarizes some great theological concepts: love for God, love for others, the supremacy of God, missions, evangelism, worship, joy, and the necessity of Jesus.

I thought it would be a helpful exercise for me to break the statement into smaller chunks, and briefly analyze them.

Spreading…
It’s no accident that the very first word focuses on the impulse to share what we have received. This is a missions/evangelism emphasis.

a passion…
What we are spreading is no mere acknowledgment of God’s sovereignty, but a passion — a delight and love — of it. This is an important part of what it means to worship God in spirit and in truth.

for the supremacy of God in all things…
God reigns over all beings and all events. He always acts according to the counsel of his will, and his sovereign will is always holy, always loving, and always wise. We want to be a people that revels in God’s supremacy when we experience it as something tender. And we want to be a people that humbly (and even joyfully) bows to God’s supremacy when we experience it as something severe. All that happens to the children of God is for their good and for His glory.

for the joy of all peoples…
God, as the giver, gets the glory. We — some from every tongue and tribe and nation — get the joy. It’s the ultimate win/win!

through Jesus Christ.
Jesus Christ is our only hope for any of this joy. He is the one who makes it all possible by having lived a perfectly obedient life, and by having died a perfectly obedient and sacrificial death. Thanks be to God for His inexpressible gift!

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