The Spirit of the Lord is on me, because he has anointed me to preach good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to release the oppressed, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor.

Here is Jesus’ mission statement! A one-paragraph summary of His purpose!

Today every organization has one. Businesses have them. Non-profits, even churches have them.

Regrettably, the mission statements of some churches bear little resemblance to the one given here by Jesus.

Why is this the case? Isn’t the church supposed to be an extension of Jesus’ ministry on the earth? His Body?

Could it be that churches readily accept Jesus as the Savior but do not pay close attention to Jesus as the Teacher?

So what might a congregational or personal mission statement look like that relied upon the Teacher’s mission statement as a model?

How about: Our purpose is to proclaim the good news of Jesus to the poor and help those who are hurting.

I’m not suggesting all the wonderful and diverse mission statements prayerfully put forth by loving churches completely miss the mark.

I’m only saying…Jesus is the Teacher!

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