Monthly Archives: January 2012
The Core Group of our Church plant has been meeting for the last few months and we’ve come to a point where we are near ready to start a couple Missional Communities. As we draw near the need to multiply, here are some things to Consider.
Where should we plant a Missional Community?
- Is there a places for potential service nearby?
- Are there any prospects or connections with the unchurched already?
- Are there other Christians living in the area who are commited to the vision?
- Do you have a meeting place available in the form of a house or apartment?
Who will lead in the MC?
- Who will be the primary leader of the MC?
- Who will Colead?
- Is there a balance of Prophet, Priest, and King perspectives among the leaders?
- Do they know the DNA and vision of our church plant? Do they unerstand Missional Communites?
- Have they experience in leading the Story or coleading other elements in MC life?
Who Could You Invite?
- Vocation – Every Christian is a full time minister. God just route our paychecks through different routes. God has placed you in your job so that you could serve others well through those means, but also so that you might be a witness to others. Who do you know at work that is unchurched? Do you ever get together with them socially? If not, how can you engaged them to grow your relationship?
- Location – All of us live in a place surrounded by people, even if we live in the country, there are people around us. Do you know you’re neighbors? Do you know who are churched or unchurched? If so, who can you invite to your MC? If you don’t know your neighbors, get to know them. Bring them over some extra soup, invite them to a party, serve them in some way.
- Recreation – All of us have hobbies that we enjoy. God’s given us all unique skills and interests. God has also given us all unique relational connections to others. How can you use your passions and interests to connect with others? Who are you already in relationship with that you can connect to other members of the MC or invite to an event?
- Relations – Who in your family needs to know Jesus? Can you invite them to social gathering of other MC members? Would they enjoy The Story? Would they join us in service projects?
For My Core Group: To prepare for our next meeting, please think and pray over the questions above. Pray for direction of the Holy Spirit, for open doors to Gospel conversations, and for coworkers and laberors.
Read the Gospel-Centered Life Chapter 12, Horizons. Also, Is anyone interested in leading The Story this week? Please let me know and I’ll get you the materials.
Happy New Year! As we enter into a new year many of us reflect upon our accomplishments and failures of the last year. We then look forward to the coming year and decide how we need to change. We envision a better “me” and then set our goals or resolutions to make that prefered future come to pass.
Have you made your New Year’s Resolutions? If so are they in alignment with God’s purposes for your life?
People say the greatest question is “What is the purpose or meaning of life.” Well that is not much of a mystery when you read the word of the one who created all life. God has created you to be in a perfect relationship with Him and to reflect his image to all creation. (Gen 21:26-28). Yet, we didn’t do that. Sin entered the world and broke the image of God in us and we separated ourselves from Him in our rebellion. Yet since then, God’s will has been to restore what is lost.
- According to the bible God’s first desire is that you believe in him (Jn 6:29). He wants a restored relationship with you. The beautiful this is that God did the work to make this happen. When we were still helpless, Christ died for us. We are justified freely by his grace. We are his children, and so we should desire to know our Heavenly father more and more. Make it your first priority, this year, to read God’s word, meet and learn with God’s people through a church, and to pray or talk to God daily.
- Secondly, God has also created you to love Him with all that you are and to love you neighbors as yourself (Matthew 22:34-40). He wants you to be in a good a loving relationship with both God and everyone else. This is part of God’s work in recreating the image of God in each of us. As we hear the Gospel, God’s Spirit transforms us and teaches us to say no to ungodly things, and yes to God’s purposes. So then, we desire to reflect God’s love to one another. This year, focus on loving others as God showed such great love to us through sending his Son into this world to save us. (1 John 4:10).
- Lastly, God has created you to share God’s image again by being a witness to who God is and what he’s done (Matthew 28:16-20). You can love others in many ways, but if you never share with them how they can reconnect with their true father and creator, if you don’t share with the way to eternal life, you aren’t all that loving at all.
Have you made your New Year’s Resolution? If so, is it aligned with God’s purpose? This year may we only resolve to know God more and to let him transform us into his image to be used for His purposes. This is the way to the best people we can be. This is the only way to make what we do in this coming year and our lives count forever.