Tuesday, November 13, 2007

Living Missionally

When you have a few minutes, check out this video from one of my good friends Josh Graves. I love the way Josh thinks and talks about Jesus, the Kingdom, and sports. This video will give you a peek into what God is doing in the Detroit area.

I think, pray, preach, and seek to live missionally.
Missional church is defined by Roxburgh as “a community of God’s people who live into the imagination that they are, God’s missionary people living as a demonstration of what God plans to do in and for all of creation in Jesus Christ.”
Dan Kimball elaborates, “To be missional is more than just to evangelize:
·Being missional means that the church sees itself as being missionaries, rather than having a missions department, and that we see ourselves as missionaries right where we live.
·Being missional means that we see ourselves as representatives of Jesus “sent” into our communities, and that the church aligns everything it does with the mission of God.
·Being missional means we see the church not as a place we go only on Sunday, but as something we are throughout the week.
·Being missional means that we understand we don’t “bring Jesus” to people but that we realize Jesus is active in culture and we join him in what he is doing.
·Being missional means we are very much in the world and engaged in culture but are not conforming to the world.
·Being missional means we serve our communities, and that we build relationships with the people in them, rather than seeing them as evangelistic targets.
·Being missional means being all the more dependent on Jesus and the Spirit through prayer, the Scriptures, and each other in community.

Sparks the imagination, huh?


jenny biz said...

I love your passion!! Your thoughts reflect such powerful ruth!

Anonymous said...

Great blog- the best part,and one that I'm guilty of,is looking at people in our community as people and not evangelistic targets. As always, I feel fed after reading or hearing your words.

Josh's bestest bestest bestest friend-


Rick Ross said...

I loved the video -- especially the story about Eugene Peterson.