I get mixed responses when I mention the idea of “missional living” in various circles. They usually fall into one of three categories. Sometimes I can read the response immediately in someone’s expression of curiosity that seems to say “What on earth is missional living?” Understandable since “missional” has been defined in so many ways.
I’ve always been a big baseball fan, growing up following the Chicago Cubs and playing baseball competitively through high school. Fascinated by the mystery of the knuckleball, the crack of the bat on a solid line drive, and hitting records that were made to be broken, the game of baseball has occupied a lot of my time. How a baseball is made has always intrigued me...
We just spent 21 Days of Prayer and Fasting as a church, seeking the face of God for ourselves, our families, our church. We know this was a significant season of prayer and dependence for many who engaged this opportunity to hear from God, possibly on a deeper level that usual.
We hear the word “missional” a lot these days. It’s been defined so many ways by so many people – what does it really mean? Missional living is not complicated, but for many of us, it does involve a paradigm shift.
Living on mission isn’t very complicated – it really just means living intentionally like a missionary – with the Gospel at the center of how we live.
Recently, I had a conversation with my boys at bedtime about Jesus' mission - and of course I was struck by the fact that these four young men are who I'm called to first, if I'm going to follow Jesus' on His mission. This has me thinking a lot about how Jesus did what He did, how He lived, how He connected with and loved people, how He made disciples.
“God has initiated every part of His work throughout history. Instead of carrying out His mission on His own, God chooses to accomplish His mission in a very personal way.
By the end last night, we were all pretty emotionally wiped. But we were also celebrating. God’s grace, His love, His mercy, His pursuit – and the power of the Gospel to transform lives.
This past year, we began taking our Base Camp leaders through The Gospel Primer to see how this material helps us better understand the Gospel, and contextualize it in every day life. It’s been an eye-opening process for all of us.
I have a fishing pole and tackle box – I even own a pair of waders. But I am not a fisherman. I am a dad of four boys who wants to do dad things with sons – and fishing every now and then is one of them.