May 25, 2014 - The Big Story:
Centrifugal, Pastor Adam Kohlstrom
Matthew 28:6-7, 18-20; John 17:13-18; John 20:21
How do you usually celebrate Memorial Day Weekend? Is there someone who died in service to this country that you remember this weekend?
"Missio Dei [Latin: mission of God] stems from the Triune God: the Father sends the Son [John 8:42; 10:36; 17:21], the Father and the Son send the Spirit [John 14:26; 15:26], the Father and Son and the Spirit send the church into the world [John 17:18; 20:21; Matthew 28:18-20].” ~ Andrew Jones
Attractional is about drawing in (centripetal); Missional is about going out (centrifugal). What is the danger in being attractional but not also missional?
Matthew 28:18-20. Pastor Chad Hall reflects: “Jesus tells us to 'go' and make disciples, but we were just trying to get people to 'come' into the church so we could make disciples. We needed to shift our activity from getting people into the church to going out to the people of the world." What do you think it might look like for our church to do the same?
Tim Keller writes: “away from the West, churches did not simply have a missions department; Christians were ‘in mission’ in every aspect of their public and private lives.” What would have to change if you were to decide to live “in mission” (missionally) in every aspect of your public and private life?
“If we really believed that the universal reign of God through Jesus has come and is coming in our neighborhood, where would we spend our time, what would we make our priorities?” (Michael Frost). How would you answer?
“Our task is not to bring all the world to Christ, our task is unquestionably to bring Christ to all the world” (A.J. Gordon). What is the difference between these two postures? How do you think we accomplish the latter?
“Effectiveness is not measured by what happens inside the church but rather by the impact the people of the church have on their communities” (Rick Rusaw & Eric Swanson). What impact do you want to have on your neighborhood? Practically, what will you begin doing to make that impact??
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