Have you ever stopped to think about Crossover Global’s purpose and mission, or what we refer to as our DNA? You might have seen our purpose and mission statements on our website. And you have (hopefully!) encountered it in our written and spoken words as well as in the way we live our lives. It would be impossible not to sense it in different forms and fashions. After all, Crossover Global is an organism, part of the body of Christ. And it’s our DNA that makes us who we are. We put it like this:
We turn to the Bible in order to understand who God is and what He desires… in order to understand the big story (metanarrative) of Scripture and redemptive history… in order to answer those big, existential (and sometimes pesky!) questions related to the Church and our own lives. You know the ones I’m talking about: Why are we here? What is the purpose of our lives? What is the mission of the Church?, etc. Specifically, we turn to what is called a biblical theology of missions. However, as we quickly discover, the God of the Bible is a missionary God in His very essence, and thus the mission of God, and the mission of the Church, precedes the Bible. What we must do, then, is shift our paradigm to the one proposed by Bible scholar Christopher Wright. Rather than develop a biblical theology of missions, we must develop a missional theology of the Bible! So in this and the next three blogs, we’ll explore the missional basis of the Bible. And we’ll do so by unpacking Crossover Global’s DNA.
In case you are rusty on your biology, let’s do a refresher course! DNA stands for: deoxyribonucleic acid. It rolls right off your tongue! Or not. (I guess that’s why they just call it DNA!) DNA is composed of molecules called nucleotide, each of which contains three components: a phosphate group, a sugar group, and a nitrogen base. I like that. The genetic information of the DNA is contained in the three components of the nucleotides. Similar to how the genetic information of Crossover Global is contained in the three components of our DNA. In our DNA you find:
The Doxological Motivation for Missions (our passion is to glorify God!)
The Biblical Methodology of Missions (by planting multiplying churches)
The Strategic Priority of Missions (among unreached peoples)
Why not take some time to think about those three components as they relate to you…to your family… to your church. That way you’ll be ready for the next blog when we start unpacking!