From New Testament times, the Christian church has been concerned about its outreach. God is concerned about all persons, and the church is the mediator of that outreach. How can the world hear of God’s great name unless the church speaks clearly? How can the world know of God’s mighty hand and outstretched arm unless the church acts? The Gospel speaks of God’s concern for the “foreigner,” a concern expressed through the church. This is the church at its best. One of the enduring problems of the church is to strike the proper balance between guarding the blessings of chosenness and being the mediator of God’s outreach. It is possible to guard the purity of doctrine and life to the extent that the church becomes irrelevant to the world and its problems. At the other extreme, it is easy to compromise essentials to meet the world until we fall for everything because we stand for nothing. Neither attitude is foreign to the church. The church is the body of Christ, and as he is the mediator between God and mankind, so must the church be. The outreach of Christ must be shown in the outreach of the church. It is only through the eyes of faith that we can see Jesus as the Christ, the mediator of God’s will and power. The centurion’s faith saw Jesus as God’s mediator, and therefore merited Jesus’ words of praise. Jesus, the Christian church (as the body of Christ) and Christians (as members of the body of Christ) all share in the mediatorship of Jesus.