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Three Great Books On The Gospel and Missional Communities

Here are three books that have been instrumental in helping me understand the Gospel and how it shapes Communities on Mission.  Our friends from Soma alerted us of this deal.  These three Tim Chester and Steve Timmis books on Kindle $1.99 each!
If you are a member of our Missional Communities at The Exchange Community you’ll want to check these out:
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Christian Life In A Post-Christian World

In his book, After Christendom, Stuart Murray speaks of the new place of the church in a culture where the Christian faith loses coherence and influence.  He lists five shifts that will take place:

  1. From the center to margins. In Christendom the Christian story and the churches were central, but in post-Christendom these are marginal.
  2. From majority to minority.  In Christendom Christians comprised the (often overwhelming) majority, but in post-Christendom we are a minority.
  3. From settlers to sojourners.  In Christendom Christians felt at home in a culture shaped by their story, but in post-Christendom we are aliens, exiles, and pilgrims in a culture where we no longer feel at home.
  4. From privilege to plurality.  In Christendom Christians enjoyed many privileges, but in post-Christendom we are a community among many in a plural society.
  5. From control to witness.  In Christendom churches could exert control over society, but in post-Christendom we exercise influence only through witnessing to our story and its implications.
  6. From maintenance to mission. In Christendom the emphasis was on maintaining a supposedly Christian status quo, but in post-Christendom it is on mission within a contested environment.
  7. From institution to movement.  In Christendom churches operated mainly in institutional mode, but in post-Christendom we must become again a Christian movement. 1.

Questions:

  • How do these shifts change the way you see your country?
  • What must then change with the way we act and operate as Christians?
  • What battles should we stop fighting as the church?  Where should we redirect our efforts?

 

1. Qtd. in Tim Chester and Steve Timmis’ Everyday Church, 22

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