The next step in living a Life on Mission is sharing. This step may be the most intimidating step of a life on mission. This step requires us to evangelize, to tell people the good news about Jesus. On one level, I’m not sure why this step is so hard. Telling people about Jesus should be the most wonderful thing ever. When you find something amazing, you tell people about it. Whether it really is amazing or just a funny cat video on YouTube, you tell people about it, so why not Jesus.
On the other hand, I get it. It’s scary and intimidating. Whether we’re afraid of what people might think or we don’t know what to say, many people find it hard to share the Gospel. We have so many ideas of what sharing the gospel looks like that it’s hard to know whether we should stand on a street corner or start up a debate club. Continue reading →
I was catching up on the Story and was reading through the chapter that included the story of the Golden Calf. I think I’ve heard and read the story a hundred times and seen it portrayed year after year in the Ten Commandments movie, but this time through I was particularly struck by on verse. “He took what they handed him and made it into an idol cast in the shape of a calf, fashioning it with a tool. Then they said, ‘These are your gods, Israel, who brought you up out of Egypt.’”
These are your gods, who brought you up out of Egypt. Here they are at the base of the mountain where God is talking to Moses not too long after God brought them up out of Egypt and they are proclaiming that this calf among other gods brought them out of Egypt. They saw with their own eyes what God did for them. They walked through the Red Sea on dry ground. They could see and were afraid of what was happening up on the mountain. In spite of all this, they chose to make their own gods. continue reading
Last week, I wrote about how it is a common misconception that the Bible is a series of do’s and don’ts. In reality, the Bible is primarily stories. The majority of the Old Testament comes to us in narrative form. The first five books of the New Testament comes to us in the form of stories as well. The Bible is far from being primarily a book of rules and laws. While there are many directives in scripture, the most important parts of the Bible come to us in the form of stories.
We’ve been working on making an intentional shift to being a more missional and outwardly focused church, and while it may not seem very important, studying The Story and looking at the whole story of scripture is one of the best foundations that our church can have as we make this missional shift a reality.
The Bible comes to us in the form of a story. While many of us treat it like a rulebook, the majority of it is narrative. It is the story of how God is at work in the world. He is at work in real life, in the everyday happenings of the world. The Bible is not divorced from life. He uses people and situations to bring about redemption in the world. Sometimes we don’t see God at work in the lower story of this world, but he is at work and has been since the very beginning. continue reading