"...mission in the New Testament is more than a matter of obeying a command. It is, rather, the result of an encounter with Christ. To meet Christ, means to be caught up in a mission to the world. Mission is a privilege in which to participate...Mission, for Paul, is the logical consequence of his encounter with the risen Christ on the Damascus Road...If the Church is 'in Christ', she is involved in mission."
David Bosch, Witness to the World, John Knox Press, Atlanta, GA, 1980, 81-82.