In our longing and efforts to see students live the full life that Jesus invites them into, we must begin by anchoring their doing in their being. And we must anchor their being in the character and nature of the One whose image they bear, namely the triune God of the Bible. If we are created in the image of God, then the pursuit of knowing who we are (being) and how we are to live (doing) must begin by exploring the nature and character of the Godhead three-in-one. Seeing God as the Father (the loving Abba) shows us that we are loved to love one another as His sons and daughters (Romans 8:15-17). Seeing God as the Son (the servant King) calls us to live for the sake of others as servants of the servant King (Philippians 2:3-11). Seeing God as the Spirit (the revealer of truth) shows us that we are called to share this truth (John 14:25-31, 15:26-27, 16:7-15) as resident missionaries. We therefore live sent as a family of missionary servants whose identity and calling is grounded in and flows from the nature and character of our Triune God.
Through highlighting God’s being and God’s doing, Challenge 2016 will anchor students in an understanding that we’ve been created, transformed, and called to live sent as a family of servant missionaries to make disciples in everyday life. It is who we are and it is why we are here.