MC TRAINING: BEING MISSIONAL IN YOUR COMMUNITY
But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy. Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul. Keep your conduct among the Gentiles honorable, so that when they speak against you as evildoers, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day of visitation. -I Peter 2:9-12 (ESV)
The gospel requires two parts to be shared: proclamation and demonstration. Unfortunately, we tend to lean toward one, often to the neglect of the other. Finding a balance can be tricky. This is why we need the Holy Spirit speaking to us to help guide us in finding the right mix of these as it varies based on the people, the community, the frequency, the relationship. Most people want to share the good news of how Christ has transformed their life; they just need help in demonstrating that to the people God has brought into their lives.
For this reason, we need ideas, handles that we can grab to help us carry the gospel forward into our communities, whether they are with family, with co-workers, with neighbors. Sometimes, we just need a place to begin, while others we are wondering what the next step should be. And somewhere in all of that, we are looking for ways to proclaim the gospel to those whom we serve. So how do we do this? What works? What doesn’t? How do you even define that?
If you’d like to learn how to be missional in your community and have questions about that, please join us this Saturday morning, June 13, from 9-11 AM, at the Life office. There will be free coffee and donuts. (Yes, I said FREE!) You can sign up here. Join with us as we talk about some ideas, hear some experiences of people, learn what it means to be missional, and brainstorm and pray with others on your next steps!