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Missional – Social Justice or Salvation

There has been some discussion lately, actually it’s an old discussion about the meaning of “missional.”  Is the focus of being missional about social justice?  Or is it about salvation?  The answer is YES.  God is interested in both.  I believe salvation is primary.  Without salvation of individuals you will not ever really succeed on the social justice side.  It can’t happen without Jesus and Jesus works primarily through his people.  Remember,  true justice is established as the Kingdom of God is established in the Earth and Jesus told us the Kingdom does not come with observation but is within you.   Without individual hearts being changed or converted, there is no justice.

So does that mean we forget about justice.  Absolutely not.  When people are dying because they have no food or water, I believe Jesus weeps.  When women and children are forced into slavery or the sex trade, I believe Jesus weeps.  But it also is of little value to help their temporary situations on Earth if they are not given the opportunity to know about Jesus and lose their soul.  What does it profit a man to gain the whole world and lose his soul?

The question is not which should we be involved in.  I believe that God wants to save.  I also believe God wants to see the oppressed and the hurting comforted and helped.  But it’s not up to us to choose what actions to take.  I believe we have been ineffective in reaching the lost and helping set captives free because we have been involved in trying to figure it out ourselves.

I believe that Jesus set the example.  He did what he saw the Father doing and he said what he heard the Father saying.  Jesus didn’t do anything on his own.  I don’t believe we should be doing things because it’s a good idea or we think that’s what God wants.  We need to really seek him and ask him.  God is faithful to let us know what he wants us to do.   It is not about us standing in our own righteousness, but standing in his,  which is through obedience to his will.


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The Refuge – a Church doing Cool Stuff

Saturday night I visited the Refuge, a simple church that my friend Bill Benninghoff is part of.  The group started off with a meal, went to announcements then did something that really surprised me.  Instead of worship and teaching, they had a member share his story, his giftings, and his struggles.  Then the whole group ministered to him.  There were words of knowledge, some prophetic words.  There was a prophetic song, and scriptures shared and the Brother was encouraged and built up.

Kevin, one of the leaders explained that they believed they should really get to know one another.  So for the moment, each week one or two people are sharing their lives with the group.  I think this is an extraordinary idea.    Kevin explained that they are still struggling to navigate away from traditional ways of doing church into a more organic or simple model.

What I really appreciate is taht this group is really trying to get to know one another and love one another.  I am convinced that this can only result in a stronger community of faith.

The Refuge is also being very missional.  One lady, Anita, has been ministering to a family in the apartment complex, with others coming along side to help.   Two other gentlement are ministering to the homeless.  Some are ministering at a local nursing home and others are helping people by cutting lawns.  They are serving people in ways that will allow them to connect with the people they are serving.  Hopefully, it will open up the opportunity for people to share the gospel.

I was really encouraged to see this group of Christ followers dedicated to following Jesus and reaching out to people.

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Missional Mom Storying the Bible for Refugees

B  and her husband T are friends of mine who are passionate about Jesus and his mission in the world.   They are passionate about reaching lost people and seeing them discipled into mature believers in Christ.  I just recieved this email from a friend in our simple church network.  I removed  the person’s name since they may be moving towards international missions some time in the future.
Tonight Maite came over with Juan Miguel, and shared that the other night she prayed and gave her life to Christ,
and asked about I’s baptism.  She wanted to know how long she had to wait or what she had to do to get baptized. 
We have never formally talked about this- although I have been storying with her since January, we were at the
Jesus getting baptized story a couple of weeks ago, and due to some different things, I hadn’t storied with her in
the past two weeks.  It is so awesome to see the power of the Holy Spirit, drawing people to himself, and to see
the seed that was planted bear fruit.

Praise Jesus,
She is going to get baptized at her apartment complex pool on June 17th…you all are invited…


B learned bible storying several months ago and started by storying the bible with Cuban refugee women.  Maite is the first fruit of that effort.  B and her husband T are also now storying the bible with Bhutanese refugees that live nearby.

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Missional Small Groups bring Mission and Community to Church

In the video (see link above) from the Leadership Network program, THE SHOW, Pastor Matt Carter of the Austin Stone Community Church in Austin Texas discusses their failure at developing community through small groups…and what they did about it.  He discusses how they had very little mission and very little community when their groups were focused on fellowship (eating) and bible study.  But after a lot of sou searching,  they changed the focus to being missional, and things began to change

Key point: When we focused on community, we got neither community or mission. When we focused on mission we got both community and mission.

Austin Stone Community Church

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