Category Archives: Missions

Mission

Like ministry, mission encompasses many things. It is tempting to define mission based on your passion or skill set. To the evangelist, mission is reaching the lost. To the humanitarian, mission is feeding the hungry. To the legalist, mission is defending the church from error.

 

But mission is more than all of these things. Mission is primarily about the purpose of God and when/how he calls us into what he is already at work doing. That means mission includes all of the above but at its core, mission is defined by the next thing God calls you to participate in.

 

God makes mission accessible. There are certain missions that require money, a plane ticket, etc…but for most of us that is the exception. God wants us to be on the lookout because mission is not usually “over there” it is typically “right here.”

 

One of the things you notice in the first 2 chapters of Acts is that God tells his disciples that he is going to send them from where they are (Jerusalem) to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). Before God does that He sends those from the ends of the earth to them in Acts 2. The point is this…God’s sending is not always God sending you to people but God sending people to you. Be ready!

Reading the Bible Contextually: An Experience I Will Never Forget

When you zoom out from single verses and begin to read the Bible in more meaningful wholes there are several things that will begin to notice that you may never have noticed before. This can be true from reading a whole chapter to reading hundreds of pages. The benefits of reading larger pieces of scriptureContinue Reading

A Few Books To Consider

The Father Glorified by Patrick Robertson & David Watson – This book blew my mind. It is the story of the movement of God in Islamic regions of Africa. The book reminds me a lot of the Peter and Cornelius story in Acts where the two men are brought together in a dream in orderContinue Reading

David Clayton Shares Three Core Values of Ethos Church

David Clayton’s article over at Wineskins this morning reminds us that mission is more than just something we teach and preach. Mission is an organizing principle and culture that must infiltrate our thinking, our ministry, our speech and our actions. The main question here is not how do we talk about mission…it is easy toContinue Reading

Paradigm Shift: The Problem With Books on Evangelism

I probably have a dozen books on how to do evangelism on the shelf. About five years ago I tried to teach a class on evangelism from some of these books and what we ended up with was a whole lot of information without much visible action or change. Some of them have hundreds ofContinue Reading

Problems with Missional

There have been some posts addressing the problems with the missional movement. Here are a few you may want to read: Scot McKnight’s post Test Your Church. Scot’s post is not so much a slam on missional as a whole, he endorses much of what is good about missional church. In the process he doesContinue Reading

This is Discipling – Video by Foursquare

This is Discipling from The Foursquare Church on Vimeo. HT: Eric Brown I wonder if we don’t make things too complicated.

The Mission In Our Own Backyard

The very last thing Jesus said before he ascended into heaven was this, “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” (Acts 1:8). I think too often we get soContinue Reading

Launching Missional Communities – Creating Effective Space for Ministry

“Missional” is one of the biggest buzz words in contemporary Christianity. There are a lot of books on theory but very few guides that actually lay out the nuts and bolts of how our faith can be lived out in missional communities that go beyond the Sunday morning experience. Mike Breen and Alex Absalom haveContinue Reading

Launching Missional Communities – Thinking UP, IN, OUT

In their book Launching Missional Communities, Breen and Absalom point out that Jesus had three great loves and thus three distinct dimensions to his life. UP: deep and connected relationship to his Father and attentiveness to the leading of the Holy Spirit IN: constant investment in the relationships with those around him (his disciples) OUT:Continue Reading

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