Month: February 2016

Three Missional Practices of Living Sent

Missional Field Notes

Three from Flickr via Wylio 2007 Kyle May, Flickr | CC-BY | via Wylio

I’m always looking for simple tools to help teach missional living…words to live by as sent people in the world. I liked the following list from Larry Barker.

IDENTIFY – Who do you know that is far from God? In your community, who are those people and where do they hang out? What can you do to make an intentional move toward them? …It begins with you identifying those God has placed in your path that you can begin taking steps to reach them with the Gospel.

INVEST – With whom are you consistently developing relationships? With many it is not enough to just share words, you must also share your life. Who are you spending time with on a regular basis that is far from God? Where could you meet up with them on neutral ground and enjoy…

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A Very Simple List of Ways Your Church Can Be More Missional

Missional Field Notes

To Do List Chalkboard from Flickr via Wylio 2013 Mufidah Kassalias, Flickr | CC-BY-ND | via Wylio

I’ve covered a lot of lists here. And, each list runs the risk of oversimplifying this whole missional thing. There is no “Five Easy Ways to Be Missional” or “Ten Steps to an Effective Discipleship Program” or “Seven Missional Steps from Jesus” that is going to makes sense of this stuff. There are too many variables: context, local church, history, and the breadth of testimony and witness from the Scripture.

And yet I like these lists because they make me take stock of what’s going on in our local church setting. And, while we might not mesh with some aspects in the missional church in one place, we may find points of convergence in other places. Lists can be helpful.

So, it is in this spirit that I’ll call your attention to a list from Teresa Blay of Denmark

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The Accountability Factor

Let us consider one another in order to stir up love and good works.

[Hebrews 10:24]

I have found that the closer I am to the godly people around me, the easier it is for me to live a righteous life because they hold me accountable. If something isn’t right in my life, they point it out to me. God has given me a wife and four grown children who expect me to walk a righteous path. If I stray from it, one or sometimes all five of them will inform me that I am out of line.

It’s easy to begin thinking that if you try your best, you can live a spiritual life without being involved in a church or having close, godly friends. This MAY be possible, but you’ll have a difficult time growing in your faith. Accountability applies a helpful pressure toward godliness. MAY today’s verse…

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