Wednesday, June 29, 2011

Embrace Being an Everyday Missionary

The past six months I have been reading a lot about movements and paradigm shifts within the church that change the world and the one that has been mentioned the most in recent days is the resurgence of missional Christians. In short Christians who embrace their role as everyday missionaries. I also feel like part of my current role is to help others embrace this role as an everyday missionary and here is some of the questions that I have been presenting to others and wrestling through myself.
1. How are you best leveraging your opportunities for authentic gospel-centered community?

  • If Sunday is the only time that you meet with your faith community then you do not have true gospel-centered community.
  • In the New Testament the church is compared to a family (household) that depends on another as we depend on Christ, which is countercultural, but reveals a gospel-centered life.
  • It is our responsibility to show people that they are hungry for biblical community.
     2. How do we have affective gospel-centered community?

  • It requires us to start by getting out of our "holy huddles" and to start seeing ourselves as everyday missionaries.
    • Every follower of Christ must embrace this and not see missionaries as only those that move to another country.
  • One way to do this is by staying focused on our neighborhoods and workplaces.
    • This is why I prefer a model that meets in homes throughout a city instead of on a Sunday morning because it more affectively allows us to take the gospel to our neighborhood and city.
    • Inviting people to church is good, but it is not sharing the gospel with them and you are mistaken if you think it is your pastors job to share with those within your realm of influence.
  • 1 Peter 2:5-6 (House made of Stone)
    3. Challenges to embracing your role as an everyday missionary in gospel-centered community:

  • At a moments notice you must be available to gather together with those in your faith family.
  • You see your homes as ministry centers for those in your community, not a retreat from them.
  • You view every interaction with each other as an opportunity to bless unbelievers within your midst. 
*It must be noted that embracing your role as an everyday missionary will inevitably put you into relationships that you may not always be comfortable with.

   4. Do you know where the people in your city are gathering, what is their 3rd place?

  • Examples: Coffee shops, bars, clubs, etc.
  • Do you know what the people are discussing and what their interest are?
        What I am getting at here is that if you are to embrace your role as an everyday missionary that it will require you getting out in your community to build relationships with the people.

Each time I have discussed this idea I leave the discussion with a parting verse that is my prayer for those that embrace their role, which comes from 1 Thessalonians 2:8: "We loved you so much that we were delighted to share with you not only the gospel of God but our lives as well, because you had become so dear to us." So let us stop gathering in our churches and take the church to the community we live in and embrace our roles as everyday missionaries!

Resource of the Day: For the City and Total Church

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