How does the community see you?

Give everyone what you owe him: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honour, then honour. ~ Romans 13:7

Spend some time and read: Romans 13:1-7

??????One of the purposes for a church in a community and also Christians in their community is to influence the whole community for Christ, to reach all strata of the community. (Our mission statement reminds us of this, “To lead people to become fully devoted disciples of Jesus Christ”) Our ability to influence whole communities for the gospel is greatly enhanced by how we treat the leadership of the community; it is also influenced by how you treat the individuals in that community.

It is said that you attract more flies with honey than with vinegar, or one negative comment will hold more influence and be remembered longer than one hundred positive comments. It is so important how we treat one another and how we treat our community and the leaders within that community; it is essential that we “give honour where honour is due”. The wonderful thing with all of this is that when you give honour more often than not it will be returned to you, your influence in the community will be increased, your ability to influence the community for Jesus Christ will also be increased.

Our Heavenly Father, We pray for the leadership of the community. Open their hearts to hear your voice. Give us wisdom in reaching their hearts for you. Amen.

God is in control (yes, God is really in Control!)

The wind blows where it wishes and you hear the sound of it, but do not know where it comes from and where it is going; so is everyone who is born of the Spirit. ~ John 3:8

 

Summer Dry GrassIn the last week we have had some very windy days and when you think about it, no matter how much you try, you cannot control the wind. The wind blows wherever it wants. Jesus said that His Holy Spirit is the same: He blows salvation wherever He wishes.

Sometimes people think that ministry and church success is about what we do, about the great techniques, strategies, planning, timelines and execution. However, that attitude is stupid. It is NOT all about us. Ministry and Church success is always a miraculous work of God’s Spirit.

There are times in our lives and also in the church where we say that something will never happen, we are certain that it will not be the case, we may even work to make it so, but God has a different plan. I love how God can and does turn out attitudes and plans around. The most important part of all this is that we need to let God be in control of our lives and our church

Let’s remember the wind, it blows where it wills. God has great plans for us personally and for our church, so let’s not try to control what God is doing. As a church let’s pray and trust God more.

Lord, Please move powerfully in the ministry of the church through the wind of your Spirit today. Help us trust in ourselves less and in You more. Amen.

The Missional Church

As a church we are often obsessed the term “missional” or to be at mission. We often use it to justify what we do in the church, but I would hazard a guess that most people in the church actually doesn’t know what being missional means. Can you define what the term missional means? How is being missional different from outreach or evangelism? Is it related to being a missionary or going on a mission trip?

 

I’d like to give you an idea of what living a missional life means. Missional living is about a lifestyle that embodies Christ in our local contexts. It’s about inviting others into our lives and living authentically before believers and non-believers alike. It’s about looking for ways to join in the work God is already doing in the lives of our neighbors, co-workers, and friends. It’s about living a life that reveals the love of Christ in all we do. At the core, missional living is really just holistic discipleship—where our relationship with Christ seeps into every aspect of our lives, and we live like the “sent ones” that we are.

 

So what does it exactly mean to be missional?Mission Concept.

We often think of doing something good for people who are underprivileged. But let’s pull back from that activist point of view. It’s really about three things.

1) It’s about what God is doing to redeem the world— not just people being saved or joining our church or doing nice things for poor people.

2) It’s about understanding what’s going on in our culture and saying, “God, what are you doing here, and how can we get around that?”

3) It’s about asking how we should be the church in this culture in a way that faithfully reflects what it means to be God’s people.

 

How do we embody the way of Christ in our local neighborhoods attractive and beautiful and winsome and demonstrates the kingdom? Not so people will come, but because whether or not people respond.

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