“Being missional means moving intentionally beyond our church preferences, making missional decisions rather than preferential decisions.” ― Ed Stetzer,
I have long felt like my calling in life has been to help change the mind of the church. Jesus made it clear that he came to proclaim the good news that the Kingdom of God was near. The imperatives related to this declaration were for his followers to believe and repent (Mark 1). Repentance, while it means many things, at its simplest, most rendered definition it means to change one’s mind. I believe that is what the church in the West must do – change its mind regarding its identity.
One of the Psalms I used this morning for prayers was Psalm 66:4
“Come now and see the works of God, how wonderful he is in his doing toward all people.”
Gallop just published it most recent poll of religion and American life. They discovered that almost 40% of Americans go to church. WHAT? Where?
“I pray that the eyes of your heart may be enlightened in order that you may know the hope to which he has called you, the riches of his glorious inheritance in his holy people, and his incomparably great power for us who believe. That power is the same as the mighty strength he exerted when he raised Christ from the dead and seated him (enthroned) at his right hand in the heavenly realms, far above all rule and authority, power and dominion, and every name that is invoked, not only in the present age but also in the one to
come.” Ephesians 1:18-21
The below is a quote from Henri Nouwen. Click "like" if you resonant with his vision of the church.
I find the thinking and spirit (attitude) of Henri Nouwen some of the most refreshing of all writers. Here are some of his thoughts about the church.
does it mean to be a missional community of faith? There is much talk about what that is, what it looks like
and how it works. Newbigin (one of
the true forerunners of the current movement) identifies six characteristics of
a missional community:
In the Gospels, Jesus is unanimously portrayed as a person of poverty. From his undignified birth in a manger and to his being born the son of a carpenter, Jesus emerged without any of the world’s riches. Even during his earthly ministry, Jesus had no place to call home.
I feel like my mind has been spinning with thoughts from this class each day and I’m not sure what to do with them all. One of the things that has been on my mind frequently is the lack of interest in church. Our class responses showed a fairly positive view of the church, but as Rob pointed that out, I began to think about how many people I know who don’t like church and refuse to go. They might believe in God, but they haven’t found a church they like. Then there’s that whole long list of negatives that we’ve all heard at one point and have even thought ourselves. It’s made me think about the true reason why I go to church. Part of it is just habit, but mostly to learn about Jesus and be in fellowship with other believers. There is still, however, that aspect of going to church on Sundays and trying to live it out through the week, with church, unfortunately, remaining in the building despite our efforts. I don’t generally think of it as a movement that is a part of everyday, but as the place where we meet on Sundays.