Tuesday, February 14, 2012

Sent

We are called to be a sent people.

I've been challenged recently to consider who I'm actually sent to... Am I sent to the world? To Liverpool? To my street? To my next door neighbour?

All of the above?

I think we have a problem in a lot of Church circles in that we don't realise that we actually are sent to real, broken, flesh and blood people, some of which live next door, some of which we pub, or gym or eat, or facebook with.

We've forgotten we're all missionaries.

Who is God sending you to?
How are you going to recapture what it means to be sent out in His Name?

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

If you dare

The political novelty that God brings into the world is a community of those who serve instead of ruling, who suffer instead of inflicting suffering, whose fellowship crosses social lines instead of reinforcing them. The new Christian community in which the walls are broken down not by human idealism or democratic legalism but by the work of Christ is not only a vehicle of the gospel or only a fruit of the gospel; it is the good news. It is not merely the agent of mission or the constituency of a mission agency. This is mission. (Yoder, Royal Priesthood, 91)

What would it look like if this week we actually tried to practice this? To serve instead of rule, to suffer instead of inflicting suffering, to reach out to those who you wouldn't usually, to actually take mission seriously?

It would look like God really is in charge.
It would look like there really is Good News for the world.
It would look like forgiveness of sins and freedom and New Creation really was bursting out on this world.

May you and I dare to practice this. May we dare to actually get in line with the missionary God who calls his Church to actually join in with His Mission.

Grace and Peace

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Mission or Consumption?


I came across this quote from Mike Frost, a pioneering Missiologist the other day:


"Many churches don’t have communities of missionaries, but audiences of consumers"

I tend to agree with him. We've been so entrenched in coming to a church service/meeting (usually on a Sunday), sitting there and waiting to 'get' something out of it. What if Churches were people who were equipped, called, and energised to be the missionary people of God WHEREVER they find themselves? That thought has captured me, and I want to aim to be a leader who can do that in my own church community.

Grace and Peace,
Craig