We’ve all been in situations where somebody was obviously lying to you, and they couldn’t keep their story straight. Their sequence of events are all off, they can’t remember who was there, they can’t remember any details, etc. At that point you just want to look the person square in the eyes – and say to them “C’mon dude – get you story straight!”
Well when it comes to telling the story of the gospel – getting your story straight is just as important. Nothing less will do. Scot McKnight says that getting our story straight – our Gospel story – is incredibly important for how we do mission. Here is what he says in his own words:
Until we get the fullness of this story on the table, the kingdom mission will be sold short. When we do, we learn that mission is not the first word, but Christ is; we gain a new understanding of evangelism; we discover that genuine kingdom mission is cruciform, shaped by and towards the cross; and we also are reformed into the hope of the kingdom. All these flow directly from seeing the first word as Jesus. (Kingdom Conspiracy, 135)
When Jesus is the beginning, center, and end of our story mission falls into place. Or as McKnight says:
Kingdom Mission begins, and ends with Jesus, the cruciform King.