What is the Mission of the Church?

Mission of the Church

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1. the interpretation by Jesus' disciples

2. The Four Marks

3. To serve others

4. A Call to Holiness

5. Kingdom of God

5.1. present

5.1.1. Real

5.1.1.1. through Jesus' preaching

5.1.1.1.1. the focus of his ministry

5.1.1.2. sharing parables

5.1.1.3. proclamation of forgiveness of sins

5.1.1.4. sharing of meals with his friends

5.1.1.4.1. Eucharist

5.1.1.5. inclusive

5.1.1.6. God is in our midst when we reach out to others and show compassion

5.1.2. Future

5.1.2.1. full realisation is a future event

5.1.3. Wherever the will of God is done, there is the Kingdom of God.

5.2. The sermon on the Mount- Beatitudes

5.3. Hope

5.4. The Reign of God

5.5. Truth and life

5.6. Holiness and grace

5.7. Justice, love and peace

5.8. Salvation

5.9. Right relationship between God, Humanity and Creation

6. Scriptural Basis

6.1. The story of God and Gods people emerges from Hebrew Scripture

6.1.1. The Exodus event was God's salvation

6.1.1.1. God delivered the people from oppression and set them free

6.2. story of Jesus

6.2.1. his teachings

6.2.1.1. the power of his parables to challenge our way of thinking

6.2.2. his life,death and resurrection

6.2.2.1. The resurrection is at the very core of the New Testament

6.3. Vatican II drew us back to the very many images of Church found in Scripture.

6.3.1. Three important images of the Church. Church is The People of God,

6.3.1.1. These three are aligned with the Trinity - Father, Son and Spirit.

6.3.1.1.1. Vatican II says that The Community of the Church which is united as one but also diversity is meant to mirror the community of the triune God.

6.3.2. Church is the Body of Christ

6.3.3. Church is the Temple of the Holy Spirit

7. Mission

7.1. To proclaim the kingdom of God in whatever way that may be.

7.1.1. Every baptised person has a prophetic role

7.1.2. Standing up for social justice issues

7.1.3. Caring for the environment

7.1.4. Inclusive of all

7.1.4.1. Faiths

7.1.4.2. immigrants

7.1.4.3. cultures

7.1.4.4. socio-economic groups

7.2. Mission predates the Church

7.3. It is the reason the Church exists

7.4. Centre of the Church

7.5. "No-one experiences God without being sent

7.6. Revolves around the person of Christ

7.7. We are called to live as Christ did

7.8. Divine Mercy

7.9. Proclaiming, witnessing and serving

7.10. focuses outward

7.10.1. There is a goal

8. Models

8.1. Institutional Model

8.1.1. Council of Trent to Vatican II

8.1.2. Mission is about conversion

8.2. Communion Model

8.2.1. Early Church then Vatican II

8.2.2. Mission is to develop right relationships with one another and with God

8.2.3. Encourages a communal relationship with God

8.2.4. Strengthens relationships between people

8.3. Church as Servant

8.3.1. Mission is to serve others and to stand in solidarity for justice

8.4. Church as Herald

8.4.1. Mission is to proclaim and preach the Gospel

8.5. Church as Sacrament

8.5.1. The Church is like a sacrament or sign or symbol of Christ. Encountering Church is encountering Christ

8.6. Church as Community of Disciples

8.6.1. We are called to be disciples of Christ

9. Did Jesus intend to found the Church?

9.1. He did intend to create the Church in some way- he certainly intended the work for the Kingdom of God to continue after his death

9.2. Post Resurrection and Post-Pentecost are key to the Churches life

9.2.1. The Pentecost event commissioned through the Holy Spirit the disciples to go out and baptise and spread the Good News

10. My role as a teacher.

10.1. Hopel

10.2. Model of Christ to others

10.3. to live the Gospel

10.4. To work and live in communion with others

10.5. Explore scripture with students and dialogue with them to make meaning of the texts in our world today

10.5.1. Recontextualise

10.6. Explore the importance/ significance of the life, death and resurrection of Jesus in the Catholic Church

10.7. To be of service to others

10.8. To explore faith openly with students

10.9. To celebrate sacraments

10.10. To share Eucharist

10.11. To help empower students

10.12. To help explore what it means to live in right relationships with others

10.13. Being inclusive

10.14. Teaching every child at their point of need

10.15. Being pastoral

10.16. exploring issues of social justice

11. Church is Mystery

11.1. There is no one way of understanding the Church- based upon culture or context

11.2. The Church is the sacrament of Christ - makes Christ present and accessible to all

11.3. The Church is eschatological. The Kingdom of God has not yet been fully realised.

11.3.1. There is a tension between what is "now" and the "not yet"

11.4. Incarnation of Christ

11.4.1. God becomes human through Jesus

11.5. Transcendence and immanence

11.6. Grace

11.6.1. A gift of God's love

11.6.2. A relationship with God

11.7. The Trinity is the greatest of all mysteries

11.8. The Church is a work in progress

11.9. We are trying to grasp something that does not have reason so images and analogies help convey this image.

11.10. There is an "inward reality" e.g. theory and theology and and an "outward reality"actions of the church

12. What is Church?

12.1. The Nicene Creed

12.1.1. One

12.1.1.1. Unique God

12.1.1.2. Body of Christ

12.1.1.3. United in Baptism through Christ- we are one

12.1.1.4. Unity

12.1.1.4.1. the incarnation

12.1.1.5. Trinity

12.1.1.5.1. Unity in the one God in three persons

12.1.1.6. Family of humanity

12.1.1.6.1. Globalising unity

12.1.1.7. One Church. One people united together for a purpose- the "entire purpose of the gospel is to bring people into unity with God and each other" Jensen

12.1.1.8. After Vatican II, there's a sense of ecumenism; becoming one, working towards unity- Jesus and the Spirit are working within the churches

12.1.1.9. "Where Christ is, there is also the Church"Ignatius of Antioch

12.1.2. Holy

12.1.2.1. Root meaning of the word Holy is to be set apart, selected, marked out

12.1.2.1.1. Dedicated to God, focused, committed to God, serving God

12.1.2.2. Holiness comes from Christ therefore the Church is Holy.

12.1.2.3. To live out the truth of our baptismal promises

12.1.2.4. To be guided by the spirit of God in our lives

12.1.2.5. Shown through the fruits of the Spirit

12.1.2.6. Church is "the holy People of God" and her members are called 'Saints' Catechism: No:823

12.1.2.6.1. We are called to be holy

12.1.2.6.2. "The Church on earth is endowed already with a sanctity that is real though imperfect." ..."each in his own way- are called by the Lord to that perfection of sanctity by which the Father himself is perfect." Catechism:825

12.1.3. catholic

12.1.3.1. Universal ,wholeness and fullness

12.1.3.1.1. The work of the Holy Spirit who leads the Church into all truth

12.1.3.1.2. holistic

12.1.3.1.3. Riches of Christ

12.1.3.1.4. Dynamic

12.1.3.2. Latin word "catholicus" meaning universal or general

12.1.3.3. Faith is confessed to all peoples in all cultures, regardless of their nationality

12.1.3.3.1. Lived for all dimensions of humanity

12.1.3.3.2. Prepared to listen to the Holy Spirit

12.1.3.4. Unity in Diversity

12.1.3.4.1. diversity of cultures, spiritualities, theologies, individual churches, religious orders.

12.1.3.4.2. Globalising Unity

12.1.3.5. The Church is catholic because Christ is present in her. Catechism 830

12.1.3.6. The Church is catholic because she has been sent out on a mission to the whole of the human race. Catechism 831

12.1.4. Apostolic

12.1.4.1. First witnesses of Jesus'message and resurrection

12.1.4.2. Built on the foundations of the 12 Apostles

12.1.4.3. Identity

12.1.4.3.1. Handed down in faith

12.1.4.4. The Church continues God's mission, the kingdom of God

12.1.4.5. Through the Spirit the Church keeps and hands on the teaching

12.1.4.5.1. Make present the message of the Gospel

12.1.4.6. We continue to be taught and guided by the apostles through their successors - Bishops and priests

12.1.4.7. Sacraments, particularly the celebration of the Eucharist where we recall the death and resurrection of Christ

12.2. Community of Faith Believers

12.2.1. Mystery

12.2.2. transcendence and immanence

12.2.3. sin and grace

12.2.3.1. Evil and hate , good and love

12.2.4. Jesus and the Kingdom

12.2.5. Acknowledge Christ as the Son of God through Word, Sacrament, witness and service to others

12.2.6. Personal encounter with God known through Jesus and encountered through the Holy Spirit

12.2.7. Unity in belief

12.3. Seed and the beginning of the Kingdom God

12.4. Communal life

12.4.1. Belonging to a community of faith filled people

12.5. People of God

12.5.1. Beginning as a movement within a Judaism

12.5.2. Chosen race, royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people of God's own

12.6. Body of Christ

12.6.1. United in one body by baptism

12.6.2. United in the one body by sharing Eucharist

12.7. Temple of the Holy Spirit

12.7.1. Spirit-filled community

12.7.2. Rich in diversity of members

12.7.3. Guided by the Spirit

12.8. Communion

12.8.1. of the faithful in the life of God

12.8.2. hospitality

12.9. Pilgrim

12.9.1. Forever moving and changing

12.10. Tradition

12.10.1. ritual

12.10.1.1. Prayer

12.10.2. sacrament

12.10.2.1. Baptism

12.10.2.2. Eucharist

12.10.3. Liturgical

12.10.4. Role of Clergy

12.10.4.1. Centralization of power in papacy lasting til Vatican II

12.11. Sacraments

12.11.1. Sign of the unity among everyone with God and each other

12.12. To share in Jesus' ministry

12.12.1. After Vatican II there was a shift in thinking and there was clarity around the term the people of God. Equality and dignity was for all the baptised

12.13. Unity

12.13.1. One unity with Father, Son and Spirit

12.13.2. Inner unity of the Church i.e. undivided. Stands in solidarity

12.13.3. Does not mean uniformity

12.14. Diversity

12.14.1. Diversity of Nations and languages but one Spirit

13. Dialogue

13.1. Helps us to draw closer together understanding truth while also respecting differences

13.2. Since Vatican II the Catholic Church is apart of the World Council of Churches It is involved in multilateral dialogue