God’s Love is amazing! We enjoy this amazingly one-sided relationship with the creator of the universe. We bring nothing to the table, and yet, because of the forgiveness we find in Jesus, we are able to know Him and experience His transforming love. We want to see others enjoy this relationship as well, but for most people, the idea of sharing our faith can be daunting, scary, and sometimes awkward. Even though we know the people we love would be helped by a relationship with Jesus, helping them meet Him sometimes gets lost in the middle of a busy life.
We believe there is a better way.
As a community, we have embraced a way of living that can help us to share God’s love with others in our lives and help us be free of the tyranny of guilt and shame we can often feel about not being comfortable with the begin scary “evangelism” word. There is no reason for us to do this alone. There is no reason for us to struggle, or feel like we have missed opportunities. We can do this together.
We encourage you to join us as we learn to join in the mission of Jesus together and help others enjoy a relationship with God.
The Mission of Jesus
First, we must reach people who are far from God. The Western Church is observing a dramatic shift from a Christian culture to a post- Christian one. It is now suggested that many of the people we want to reach will never enter the doors of our current forms of church. If they won’t come to us then, just as God did for us in Jesus, we must go to them. Jesus said to “Go into all the world,” (Matthew 28:19) and we are accepting that challenge to “go” and be a people who will reach people who are far from God.
We must also restore God’s dream for the world. As Christ- followers, we can no longer just talk about poverty and justice issues; we must take action to address those issues. Jesus said, “God has anointed me to bring Good News to the poor”. (Luke 4:18) This was a part of Jesus’ mission and it must be part of our mission to restore God’s dream for the world.
We must then reproduce the mission in others. Jesus’ vision was that his mission would go from “Jerusalem…Judea…Samaria…and to the ends of the earth” (Acts 1:8). Because of this vision, we place a high priority on reproducing the mission in others. We reproduce through apprenticing Christ followers, leaders, artists, and church planters.
The Practices of Jesus
How did Jesus accomplish His mission?
We want to see others enjoy the hope that is found in Jesus. We want to make disciples. We want to carry on the Mission Jesus gave us. Yet, it’s sometimes hard to know where to start. We believe the answer is to look at the Practices of Jesus. In doing so, we find five missional practices that we can begin to practice. These are not the only missional practices that Jesus demonstrated, but are ones that can help us to make sense of the Mission He gave us.
FIVE MISSIONAL PRACTICES:
These five missional practices make up the acronym BLESS and are the way we put into practice the blessing strategy God gave Abraham for changing the world: “And I will bless you…and you will be a blessing” (Genesis 12:2). You will do at least one of these practices everyday and then begin your small group each week with the question of “Who did you BLESS this week?”
Begin with prayer: We will pray for the people, or communities, to which we are sent.
Listen: We will listen to the people, or communities, to which we are sent.
Eat: We will share meals with those to whom we are sent.
Serve: We will respond to the needs we discover among those to whom we are sent.
Story: We will share the story of Jesus, and what he is doing in our lives, with those to whom we are sent.
In January and February of 2018 we kicked off our efforts as a church to become a community that blesses our cities and neighborhoods with a series of sermons, you can find them here:
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We want to have our hearts changed by God so that we can love others the way He does. We can always hear from God when we spend time reading scripture. As we explore how we can help others meet God and enjoy His forgiveness, we have a devotional that you can uses to help kickstart your journey learning to live out these missional practices. encourage you follow along with us in a weekly devotional. You can find it here:
We are deeply indebted to the work of Jon and Dave Ferguson of Community Christian Church, What If the Church? Kansas City, and our friends at New Community Church in Tacoma, WA and Jubilee Church in St. Louis, MO. We look forward to joining in the journey others have blazed ahead of us in seeing people find their way back to God.