The church of Jesus needs to wake up from the exile of passivity and embrace liminality and adventure or continue to remain a religious ghetto for culturally co-opted, fearful, middle-class folk.— Alan Hirsch
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A missional theology...appl ies to the whole of life of every believer. Every disciple is to be an agent of the kingdom of God, and every disciple is to carry the mission of God into every sphere of life. We are all missionaries sent into a non-Christian culture.
Building community for its own sake is like attending a cancer support group without having cancer.
Because we believe that somewhere in the nest of paradigms contained in the phrase "missional church" lies nothing less that the future viability of Western Christianity.
In short, apostolic movement involves a radical community of disciples, centered on the lordship of Jesus, empowered by the Spirit, built squarely on a fivefold ministry, organized around mission where everyone (not just professionals) is considered an empowered agent, and tends to be decentralized in organizational structure.
Unless the church is equipping believers to embrace the values and vision of the kingdom of God and turn away from the materialism, consumerism, greed, and power of the present age, it not only abandons its biblical mandate, it is rendered missionally ineffective.
In missional churches, the baby birds have been pushed out of the nest and are learning to fly for themselves.
You cannot sell a Christendom approach to a post-Christian world. They are anti-Christian.
Our point isn't to make an examination of popular film but to illustrate that the yearning for a heroic adventure lies just beneath the surface of our consciousness; film, television, literature, sports, and travel are in a sense vicarious adventures.
Real leaders ask hard questions and knock people out of their comfort zones and then manage the resulting distress.
Worship that is in some way divorced from mission is counterfeit worship
There’s no such religious force in the West as powerful as consumerism.
Mission is the practical demonstration, whether by speech or by action, of the glorious lordship of Jesus.
The kingdom of God is a crash-bang opera: the king is dramatic, demanding, and unavoidable.
It is vital to see ourselves as part of an ongoing journey started by our heroes in the Scriptures.
This submission to the threshold of a cross is at the very root of our following Jesus; it changes the game completely.
At some point preoccupation with safety can get in the way of living full lives.
The missional church is not a new trend or the latest new technique for reaching postmodern people.
I found out the hard way that if we don't disciple people, the culture sure will.
The appetite for adventure and risk is not exclusive to young Christians.
In face, it seems to be a fundamental yearning, knitted into the fabric of the human soul.
Heroes are important not only because they symbolize what we believe to be important, but because they also convey universal truths about personal self-discovery and self-transcendence, one's role in society, and the relation between the two.
If we can embrace the adventure and risk and equip our churches to lay down their lives and abandon their inherent loss-aversion, who knows what innovation, what freshness, what new insights from the Spirit will emerge.
Those of us with too much invested in the way things are will never embrace the revolutionary cause required for wholesale change.
But the standard churchy spirituality doesn't require any real action, courage, or sacrifice from its attendees.
Whether we like it or not, we are all on a journey, a Quest if you will, every day of our lives, and the path we must take is full of perils, and our destiny can never be predicted in advance.
More data is not always the answer.
If we could be freed from our aversion to loss, our whole outlook on risk would change.
It's not so much that the church has a mission, it's that the mission of God has a church.
Every Christian is a sent one. There is no such thing as an unsent Christian.
A retreatist spirituality is not a spirituality that can, or will, transform the world in Jesus's name.
You plant the gospel. You don't plant churches.
You can do more with 12 disciples than with 1,200 religious consumers.
Truth is narrow, but grace is wide.
If a can opener no longer has the capacity to open cans, what is it?
Interestingly, it's as though the gospel story of Jesus is the archetypal heroic journey, the embodiment of the very adventure that all people in every epoch have desired.
Our preferences for stability and security blind us to the opportunities for adventure when they present themselves.
In a world that demands service we position ourselves as servants.
Judgments about who belongs in the Hall of Fame are extremely subjective.
There's no such thing as an unsent Christian. You have already been SENT.
But herein lies the rub: Christianity has been on a long-term trend of decline in every Western cultural context that we can identify.
Currently, young Christians reach adulthood bored with church experience, and with little or no sense of their calling as missionaries.
Most churches don't have the resources for these tricks and inducements but are still bound to the imagination that church happens on a Sunday in a building.
Put simply, the church finds itself in a post-Christendom era, and it had better do some serious reflection or face increasing decline and eventual irrelevance.
Think of mission like the paddles of a defibrillator applied to the chest of a dying church.
When the church is in mission, it is the true church.
The church itself is not only a product of that mission but is obligated and destined to extend it by whatever means possible. The mission of God flows directly through every believer and every community of faith that adheres to Jesus. To obstruct this is to block God's purposes in and through his people.
Christianity is an adventure of the spirit or it is not Christianity.
If we are going to make the change from community to communitas, and not just end up with an unsustainable adrenaline-junkie culture, we must have a sophisticated process to form people into adventurer-disciples.
Go among the people. Don't assume you know what church looks like.
When there is no possibility of retreat, we will find the innovation that only the liminal situation can bring. In short, we find the faith of leap.
The quest for heroic adventure then is a quest for the gospel, although it might not be seen that way by everyone.