The Mission Theses are based on the seminal documents, "Our Prayerful Vision for the Future," by lead author Dr. Dean Nadasdy, and "Theological Statement," by lead author Dr. Robert Newton (see Contributors), based on past gatherings of missional leaders and ad hoc conversations during missional conferences.
1. We believe, teach, and confess that God’s mission (the Missio Dei, which belongs to Him and His love for the world) centers in the person and work of our Lord Jesus Christ (John 3:16-17).
1. We pray for and imagine a church shaped by hope in the Lord of the Church and the power of His Gospel.
2. We pray for and imagine a church driven by a mutual confidence in Scripture alone as the sole authority for our teaching and confession.
The vision, purpose, and activities of this "network" rest on th Biblical foundation of God's mission to reconcile the entire world to Himself through His Son, Jesus Christ. Rather than playing an adjunct role in our theology and practice, God's Mission (Missio Dei) stands at the heart of who we are as Christians and as Lutherans, confessing God's true message to the world. The Missio Dei rightly serves, then, as the primary lens through which we read the Scriptures and apply its message to ourselves and our world. In short, the Mission Dei determines our being and purpose as a Synod and our biblical confession in the world.
Good Christian works are the fruit of saving faith in Christ; Christian behavior reveals and demonstrates the heart relationship with Jesus; Christ-centered repentance produces fruits, which includes its practices. These practices, and not simply church resolutions, bylaws, programs, or just going through the motions in church planting, will reveal the misison heart of Christ in the lives of believers. ("You will know them by their fruits.")
The apostolic sending out, sending away, and being sent ones together with the corollaries of leaving and going is primarily a mind-set ("habitus," not just a "performance") and dynamic resulting in actions - a dynamic of sending and going, making the contact, the connection, creating the care culture or climate cultivation, all in order to communicate Christ - creating communities of faith and sending (the "Cs").
For the love of Christ controls us, because we have concluded this: that one has died for all, therefore all have died; and he died for all that those who live might no longer live for themselves but for him who for their sake died and was raised.
-2 Corinthians 5:14-15
By this we know love, that he laid down his life for us, and we ought to lay down our lives for the brothers.
-1 John 3:16