Delta Fellowship Church’s theology of missions is summed up in our motto “Gospel
Transformation of All Creation”. This motto communicates several
beliefs that drive our missions. Like all statements, definitions and meanings
are not always communicated clearly enough or understood. What follows is an
attempt to clarify what we mean when we say our mission is “Gospel Transformation of All Creation” and to give
some implications for mission in our church.
The Meaning of Gospel Transformation of all Creation:
First let’s look at the word and idea behind gospel. When we talk
about the gospel we are referring to the good news of the work of the triune God redeeming all things to himself. God the father decrees the work of redemption. God the Son
accomplishes the work of redemption. God the Spirit applies the work of redemption. This work of God in creation flows from the inter-Trinitarian relationship to all
This brings us to the word transformation. This work of the triune God
is a work of transformation. The world must be made new. Sin has corrupted all things and a new world must be made. The
church is the embodiment of that transformation, it is a sign of the world to come.
We are people that have been transformed by the message of the gospel. We
have within us the Holy Spirit as deposit or foretaste of the new heavens and earth to come.
The Church by its very nature is missional. We do not place mission or
missions as a subcategory or appendage of the church. The church is mission. Mission is not something we decide to do its something we are. We are a living breathing proclamation of God’s kingdom. One
theologian says it this way, “Mission
is not just church extension. It is something more costly and revolutionary. It is the action of the Holy Spirit, who in his sovereign freedom both convicts the
world and leads the church toward the fullness of the truth that it has not yet grasped.
Mission is not essentially an action by which the church puts forth its own power and wisdom to conquer the world around
it; it is, rather, an action of God, putting forth the power of his Spirit to bring the universal work of Christ for the salvation
of the world nearer to its completion.”
This transformation is of all creation. Nothing will be left untouched. This transformation is cosmic in nature and cannot be stopped. We do not divide the sacred and secular. We confess Jesus
Christ as Lord of everything; therefore prayers as well as politics belong to him. We
want our members to understand this is work toward the renewing of whatever sphere of creation they’ve been called to. We don’t think transformation only happens in the soul or spiritual realm. We believe that all areas of creation are objects or candidates for transformation. The triune God will complete the task; therefore we strive to stay encouraged and
patient. Not looking to numerical growth as evaluation of success, but striving
to stay faithful to the gospel thru word, sacrament, and prayer, trusting God’s purposes cannot be thwarted.