Life on Mission

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 1

Consider what disciples were experiencing at this moment. Jesus unexpectedly returned. They thought they lost their leader and the Jewish leaders would be coming for them at any moment. To their surprise, Jesus shows up instead of the Jewish leaders. The surprise doesn’t end there, though. Continue reading

Overcoming the Obstacle of Formation vs. Mission

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It seems a bit strange to say that spiritual formation would be an obstacle to living out our mission as followers of Jesus, but there are two extreme ways that it can hurt the life of mission to which we have been called.

One extreme is to neglect formation for the sake of mission. Living for God and living out his commands are extremely important, but sometimes we make mission more important than everything else. We emphasize living on God’s mission that we fail to spend time with the one for whom we are living. Neglecting formation for the sake of mission can lead to two dangerous things. First, we can burn ourselves out for the sake of Christ. We try to so hard to follow Him, that we take little time to be with Him, to rest, and to take care of ourselves. Our ability to live as followers of Jesus means that we spend time with Jesus. This helps us to grow and to stay focused on Him. Second, this can lead to losing focus on Jesus. Either the mission will become so important that it becomes more important than Christ, or our mission will become self-guide or even self-serving because we don’t know the one calls us to follow Him. We begin to follow our own mission and not the one that Jesus calls us too. This is tragic because we get caught up so much in the mission that we neglect Jesus. Jesus paints a scary picture of what this looks like in Matthew 7:22-23 when he says, “Many will say to me on that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name and in your name drive out demons and in your name perform many miracles?’ Then I will tell them plainly, ‘I never knew you. Away from me, you evildoers!’” 1 Our life on mission needs to be under girded by spiritual formation. Continue reading

Coming to see Ourselves as Sent

71uf76aVwrLOriginally published on Englewood Review of Books.

A Review of Sentness: Six Postures of Missional Christians

Kim Hammond and Darren

Paperback: IVP Books, 2014
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While there are many different ways to do church, there are two postures are that are competing for dominancy in the Church today. In their new book Sentness, Kim Hammond and Darren Cronshaw identify these two postures as, “a church of consumers, demanding goods and services, and a church of missionaries, sent and sending into the world” (11). It’s not hard to guess from the title of the book the posture that they believe the church should adopt. continue reading