Monthly Archives: September 2012

The Storyteller Enters The Story

We practice telling the Gospel Story pretty regularly in our church plant and in our Missional Communities.  Here’s a great video from the Gospel Project that tells the biblical Story in a pretty cool way with some great classic art.  I can’t tell you anything about their bible study, other than it’s put out by a great publishing house.  Yet I thought this video was a good way of talking about the Gospel as Story.  Check it out:

Questions:

  1. How did this telling of the Story resonate with your heart?
  2. In this telling of the Story, how does the Gospel connect with you?
  3. What’s missing from this story that you would have liked to hear?
  4. Who in your life needs to hear this Story?  How do you think you can share it with them?

Great New Story-Formed Music From Aaron Spiro and Soma

Our Missional Communities regularly goes through the Story-Formed Way, an interactive storytelling and dialogue covering the major narratives of scripture.  We rehurse the Gospel Story regularly to one another and look for any oportunity to share, and remember among ourselves, what God has done and is doing for us to renew all things.  We do this because we want our people to see their lives as substories in the larger Story of God rather then live in some lesser narrative.  Yet we also want our people to know the Gospel Story well enough that they can share it with others.

Arron Spiro and the bands from Soma Communities have created some great Story-Formed Music that is meant to accompany and reinforce the narratives of the Biblical Story.  They tell the biblical story beautifully, yet do so in a modern sound that both the churched and unchurched can relate to.  Click on the Album covers below to preview or purchase the albums.

A Picture of Life Around the Gospel, Community, and Mission

The other night we gathered our two Missional Communities together to do a little training and to celebrate what God has been doing through our Church planting efforts.  At the end, I shared this video from Soma communities because I wanted to remind our MCs what they were working towards, why they were reaching out, why they were sharing and stretching their lives.

Spend a few minutes of watching the video below and dream of what church could be:

  1. Oftentimes there’s a disconnect between what we read about the Church in scriptures and the church as we know it in 21st century America.  How does this video challenge you?  How does it give you hope?
  2. It takes time to plant a church and to share life in a missional community.  Much of what we do is to invite people to share life with us, by inviting them to join us in what we’re already doing throughout the week.  Still, sometimes to add something we need to let go of something.   What is keeps you from having time to share life with members of your MC, or the people you’re trying to reach?  What do you need to give up to give of yourself to this new life in Christ as His Disciple?
  3. Think of all the people in your life.  Think of the people in this town and region.  For whom is God breaking your heart?  How can you start inviting them to share life with you?
  4. Is there someone who has been discontented with the church that you can share this video with and invite them along on the mission?
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