8 Ways to Easily Be Missional

Article by: Jonathan Dodson 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…

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WHEN FOOT WASHING IS NOT ABOUT THE FEET

On the night that our Savior was betrayed, he did something astonishing. Here’s the narrative from John 13: Jesus . . . rose from supper. He laid aside his outer garments, and taking a towel, tied it around his waist. Then he poured water into a basin and began to wash the disciples’ feet and to…

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PETER, THE COURAGEOUS COWARD

SELF-ASSURED OR FEARFUL? Are you a self-assured risk taker? Or are you passive and fearful? These seem like opposing traits. But according to the Gospels, Peter was all of these things—sometimes all within a single day. Peter’s waffling tendencies seem like the stuff of psych case studies. But really, his issues are a two-sides-of-the-same-coin kind…

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LOOK AWAY FROM YOURSELF

Wait—stop reading. Look up from this post and fasten your eyes on something else and then come back to your reading. Do you see that in one very important sense, that’s all that God has required of you? The shifting of your eyes from this post to another object doesn’t require great skill, deep understanding,…

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The Ancient Boundaries

“Do not move the ancient boundary which your fathers have set” (Proverbs 22:28). G.K. Chesterton once said, “Don’t ever take a fence down until you know the reason it was put up.”  In that statement Chesterton was repeating the sentiment found in the Proverbs.  Metaphorically speaking, the boundary and the fence refer to the Law…

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JESUS SAVES SINNERS FOR GOD’S GLORY

The Latin word sola means “alone” or “only.” The Five Solas are five Latin phrases (or slogans) that emerged during the Protestant Reformation and that summarize the Reformers’ basic theological convictions on what they believed to be the essentials of the Christian life and practice. THE FIVE SOLAS ARE: 1. Sola Scriptura (“Scripture alone”): Scripture alone is…

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WHAT IS THE GOSPEL?

Christian theology is about the gospel, which is focused on who Jesus is and what he said and did. Jesus is the hero of history and the centerpiece of the entire Bible. God made us to worship him. He was our Father, living and walking among us, giving us everything we needed to live, and…

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Members Working Together

Now you are Christ’s body, and individually members of it” (I Corinthians 12:27). Since the task of the church is too great for any one person to accomplish God has provided many skills through the gifts of the Holy Spirit. We are told in I Corinthians 12:7 that each believer has been given a gift…

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The Neglected Discipline

A study of the New Testament reveals several spiritual disciplines that help maintain the both the health and vitality of the individual Christian as well as the health and vitality in the Body of Christ.  Chief among the disciplines are the study of God’s Word, prayer, fellowship, and service.  I fear that all too often…

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GETTING THROUGH CHALLENGES TO MISSIONAL COMMUNITY

The popularity of missional community is rising among evangelicals, and yet, the American church is nowhere near a missional tipping point. I’ve faced missional highs and missional lows. Along the way, I’ve considered a number of things that are absolutely necessary for us to endure the transition to missional church. How should we respond to…

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