Your Christology, or theology of Christ is the starting point of your mission. I say ‘your mission,’ because there are differing views about who Christ is and what His message was. These different views, when it comes to mission, have different results. Those who claim to follow Christ can either be transformed into His image by Him and His word and lay hold of it as if hitching a ride, or mold their image of Christ into something that fits their mission. Invariably, when the trajectory of Christ’s mission is skewed by our own independent declarations of who we think Christ is and what His message is, we end up with what appears to be genuine movement, but in reality it’s just fruitless mimicry. There are other gospels (Galatians 1:6-8), other Jesus’ (2 Corinthians 11:14), other spirits (1 Timothy 4:1), and other missions. (Acts 20:29–30)
When the trajectory of Christ’s mission is skewed by our own independent declarations of who we think Christ is and what His message is, we end up with what appears to be genuine movement, but in reality it’s just fruitless mimicry.
For those whose ‘hearts are in the right place,’ but are not seeing missions’ fruit, an examination, or reexamination of their Christology (Who Christ is and What His message is), is certainly wise and most likely warranted. A fruitless mission might be indicative of a foundation-less and speculative Christology. The diversity of understandings of the person of Christ are as prolific as the number denominations or non-denominations which claim his name. Having different insights about Christ’s manifold nature are good and healthy for the mission and her church, but positing or embracing ideas that are directly opposed to what Christ said about Himself are detrimental. When I speak of Christology, I operate on the assumption that Christ and His message, or gospel, are one. Christ is both the author and embodiment of His word. He is the Logos who speaks Logoi (Logos plural). For more along these lines, see the article; “Fracturing Jesus, The Gospel, and The Logos,”
Understanding who Christ is and what He has said about Himself and His mission are the Church’s means of propulsion and course correction. No mission, off mission, and fruitless mission, are all indications that Christ and His message (the gospel), have either been misunderstood or misappropriated. A few of questions;
1. Who is Christ?
2. What is His message?
3. What are the fruit of mission?