“The church is the church only when it exists for others. The church must share in the secular problems of ordinary human life, not dominating, but helping and serving.”
Once the God of glory has pursued us with his overwhelming grace, there's only one response: gratitude. Because of the mercy God has shown us, we go into the world ready to show his grace, mercy, and compassion on all we encounter! Christians are not called to escape the world, but to humbly engage the world with the good news of Christ's Kingdom. A spirit of gratitude makes us inherently outwardly (missionally) focused—on our neighbors, on our neighborhood. Just as the Father sends the Son and the Son sends the Spirit, so to does the Spirit send the church. So, we worship as a “sent” people, a people dedicated to the mission of Christ: renewing all of creation. To learn more about our emphasis on gratitude, see Michael Goheen’s A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story.