Missiology

Firing Your MetaMissional™ Imagination

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I’ve just come from a workshop on Firing Your MetaMissional™ Imagination with Dr S Crewtape. He’s a Meta-Missional™ thought leader.

His message to a room full of cutting-edge, world-focused, MetaMissional™ followers went something like this:

MetaMissional™ is a game-changer but we’re losing the game. 

Today’s faith consumer has a problem with the Cross. Our focus groups reveal that it’s an embarrassment. Christ dying in our place for our sins? It just doesn’t fly in a MetaMissional™ context. We don’t do the wrath of God anymore. We don’t do sin and death.

You can still believe all that stuff. Just don’t mention it to anyone. (I still believe and tremble).

What we have to do is reimagine what it means to be who we are and who we are becoming and what this sentence means. You heard me.

What we need is a MetaMissional™ response to a MetaMissional™ world.

What is MetaMissional™? It’s the people of God in the MetaMissional™ mode of engagement. MetaMissional™ IS MetaMissional™ You got it.

It’s the GoodNews. God is nice. He lets bygones be bygones. Love reigns! High five! Everyone wins.

God doesn’t need the Cross to save us. Love means never having to say sorry. We’re all forgiven, even before we ask. Even if we never bother to ask. WOW.

Doesn’t that make you feel better? Our research shows this generation will buy the Meta-Missional™ message. It’s going to be HUUGE.

So let’s get on with the MetaMissional™ mission and make this world a happier place for everyone.

Visit www.metamissional.com/rucrazy for the full transcript.

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Out of the missional fog with Donald McGavran

Donald McGavaran

A voice from the past to help us navigate our way through the missional fog.

Donald McGavran, the great pioneer of a movements approach, describes the goal of Christian mission:

The goal of Christian mission should be to preach the gospel and, by God’s grace, to plant in every unchurched segment of mankind a cluster of growing churches.

By the phrase “segment of mankind” I mean an urbanization, development, caste, tribe, valley, plain or minority population.

The goal is not one small sealed-off conglomerate congregation in every people. Rather, the goal should be, a cluster of growing congregations in every segment.

How can this be achieved? Not by a one-by-one approach but through people movements. 

To find out how you’ll need to read the whole article.

 

Fools for Christ vs the Gospel of human flourishing

Andrew Walker

Andrew Walker

God assumed from the beginning that the wise of the world would view Christians as fools…and He has not been disappointed. Devout Christians are destined to be regarded as fools in modern society. We are fools for Christ’s sake. We must pray for courage to endure the scorn of the sophisticated world. If I have brought any message today, it is this: Have the courage to have your wisdom regarded as stupidity. Be fools for Christ. And have the courage to suffer the contempt of the sophisticated world.

I want Christianity to influence culture as much as anyone. I want families intact. I love that the explosion of Christianity led to a revolution in human dignity; in hospitals and university. I want a renaissance of high culture that produces aesthetic wonders emanating from Christianity.

But if influence reduces merely to terms of human flourishing and the Common Good, we are not preaching the gospel. A flourishing culture that likes the trappings and benefits of Christianity, but not its kernel, isn’t biblical Christianity. A true gospel will be met with resistance because it overturns the accepted patterns of the world. New Testament Christianity assumes that a follower of Christ is well acquainted with scorn (2 Tim. 3:12).

Andrew Walker

The Great Commission — Go

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We’ve already seen that at the heart of the Great Comission is the command to make disciples of all nations. That is achieved by going, baptizing and teaching them to obey everything Jesus has commanded.

Go means go, not “as you happen to go about your normal life”. Go means crossing geographic, cultural and linguistic barriers. How else are the nations to be discipled?

We may argue that not everyone is called to make disciples cross-culturally. We may say that making disciples begins in Jerusalem and then spreads out to the ends of the earth (Acts 1:8). But however uncomfortable it makes us feel, in this passage, Jesus means what he says — go make disciples of all nations. Don’t stop with your own back yard.

All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to the risen Lord. The mandate is universal.

It may not be easy, but it is clear.

Emerging from the missional fog

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For years I've been saying that the church in the West is lost in a missional fog. Ask eighteen missional experts what they think is mission is and you'll probably get nineteen different answers. One will have two views.

Only half of them will identify the Great Commission and the making of disciples as the essence or heart of the mission of Jesus.

Perhaps it's time to get back to basics and look again at the words of the Risen Lord and ask afresh how we can obey them today.

The Commission itself is amazingly compact. No words are wasted in a powerfully clear statement. No fog here.

Let's look at the structure. There is one main verb, 'make disciples' supported by three participles, 'going', 'baptizing' and 'teaching'. [ed. My high school English teacher would be proud]. Jesus' one command is to be carried out in three ways.

The goal of our mission is to make disciples, we do that by going, teaching and baptizing.

So far so good. Jesus has told us what to do and how to do it. So let's step out of the fog created by experts and take Jesus at his word. Let's assume these are the words of our Risen Lord. Every one of them is true and binding on us, his disciples. We are to obey what he says.

If you want to emerge from the fog it's a good place to start.

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