Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Everyone Engaged and All On Mission

This past Sunday was our last week with our faith family in Raleigh, specifically with our missional community. We took time to share what God has been doing in and through our lives in the last year, shared the family meal together (communion), and laid hands on one another recognizing specifically those that are being sent out from our group to other cities.

The teaching passage presented on Sunday is one that we have visited many times, but I felt like it was worth reflecting on it one more time before we were sent out to minister in other places. The focus for the night was to ordain every Christian to go out and be engaged and on mission just as we see the people of Acts 2 doing. 
The Fellowship of the Believers: 
   [42] They devoted themselves to the apostles' teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. [43] Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. [44] All  the believers were together and had everything in common. [45] Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. [46] Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, [47] praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.
(Acts 2:42-47) 

What sticks out in this passage, highlighted in yellow, is that everyone was engaged and all the people were on mission. I have focused on this aspect of Acts 2 and communicated to our community group from week one as each week I would challenge us to embrace our roles as everyday missionaries to Raleigh.

This desire to help others embrace and fulfill this role came from conversations that I would have with people who thought that it was great that I was moving to South Asia to be a missionary, as if I was doing something that they were not called to as well. The last thing that I want is for people to look at me and think that I am doing something special, but rather that we are all called to fulfill the role of missionary in whatever context it is that God has called us to. Alan Hirsch describes it this way, "Every believer carries the potential for world transformation in them. Every believer is a church planter." 


If this is what we see of the lives of the believers in the book of Acts, then why should it be any different for us today?

3 comments:

  1. Brother, I completely agree with what you have written. Thanks for the encouraging words. I'm going to share this post with my other believers in Christ. Blessings to you and your brothers and sisters. Glory to God.

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  2. "And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved."

    Yes, this verse speaks concisely to the action in Acts.

    "Everyday they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people."

    Yes, there is much movement going on here.

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  3. Anonymous, I am glad that you enjoyed the post and see the truth in it from Scripture. Movement, as you mentioned, is what I like to see. Jesus started a movement, not an institution.

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