missional

A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

A CHURCH PLANT'S SPECIAL MISSION

Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field.  Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

FAMILY ON MISSION: THE FEEL OF RHYTHM

Last week we explored the first article in our "Family On Mission" series where we learned about establishing "rhythms" in our family life in our process of "Looking In."  Today we continue this with a follow up article that explores this dynamic a bit more from the Mother/Wife's perspective. 

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

FAMILY ON MISSION: WOULD IT HELP IF THERE WAS MORE THAN ONE OF YOU?

Over the next few posts we will be looking specifically at Families and their role within gospel increase.  This is an important aspect of Look In because it requires an introspective review of what God has already placed right in front of you to help guide, nourish, and cherish.  As a Father or a Mother, your role and how you understand its position is actually vital to making disciples.

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

HOW TO IGNORE JESUS WHILE ACCEPTING YOUR CHRISTIANITY

When we focus on our identity in Christ (the “Up” relationship), the “In” and “Out” will be informed and formed by the gospel . . . the good news.  If our “In” and “Out” relationships are informed by our “Up” relationship then discipleship will flow out of that.

INVENT A MINISTRY

INVENT A MINISTRY

The Smiths  spend most of the rest of their time trying to catch up with “life maintenance”—housework, shopping, paying bills, yard work, running errands, and all the rest. They almost always feel behind or overwhelmed.  They genuinely want to serve the Lord in and through His church. They have a good sense of the biblical priorities in life, but they struggle with what often seems too many priorities.

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel.  Watch the video and see how the Selfs made their neighborhood their mission.

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

Jesus tells us in the story of the good Samaritan that our neighbor is anyone in need, no matter the circumstances and that we are to show love.  The good news for parents is that you have a huge advantage in getting to know and love your neighbors – your children!

GO TO WORK ON PURPOSE

GO TO WORK ON PURPOSE

The average person will spend about 70,000 hours at work.

That’s a significant part of one’s life, and yet many find themselves lacking joy and purpose in it.  We hear people boast about things like vacations and retirement or talk about the value and satisfaction of ministry and missions. All this can leave us sitting at our desk wondering if what we do there matters at all.

CONTEXTUALIZE...DON'T MERELY EVANGELIZE

CONTEXTUALIZE...DON'T MERELY EVANGELIZE

Because we want to make disciples, not mere converts, we need to reconsider standard views of contextualization. It is more than the mere transmission of information. We might grab a lot of people’s interest, but we won’t keep it. Presentations don’t transform people. The gospel does.

Why? The gospel transforms a person’s worldview, not simply his or her doctrine. If this is our goal, then how do we begin to do contextualization?

A HUMBLE MISSIOLOGY

A HUMBLE MISSIOLOGY

We may be passionate in our mission, but we must always lead with humility.  This is a good article that helps remind us that we are simply holding treasure as frail jars of clay.  Knowledge gained can lead to arrogance. This is true in all areas of life, including missiological thought. A biblical missiology is a humble missiology. 

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

ARE CHILDREN A BARRIER OR BLESSING FOR MISSIONAL COMMUNITIES?

As opposed to viewing children as a barrier, let’s view them as a blessing.  Yes, it’s chaotic. Yes, it can drive us crazy. But, despite that, let’s model graciousness in our families and groups towards our children. After all, what must God think of our messy lives? The Father looks down and extends grace, rather than becoming irritated with us.

HOW TO USE YOUR HOME TO MAKE DISCIPLES

HOW TO USE YOUR HOME TO MAKE DISCIPLES

Hospitality is a lost art in our culture, and it has become a lost necessity when it comes to discipleship.  We talk about discipleship being life-on-life instead of information transfer, but how are we really inviting people into our lives?  How are we, like Paul, saying "Follow me as I follow Christ"?

8 Ways To Easily Look Out (Be Missional)

8 Ways To Easily Look Out (Be Missional)

Missional is not an event we tack onto our already busy lives. It is our life. Mission should be the way we live, not something we add onto life: “As you go, make disciples.”; “Walk wisely towards outsiders”; “Let your speech always be seasoned with salt”; “be prepared to give a defense for your hope.”

We can be missional in everyday ways without overloading our schedules. Here are a few suggestions...