Monday, August 23, 2010

The Missional Conundrum

"Jesus told us to go into all the world and be his ambassadors, but many churches today have inadvertently changed the 'go and be' command to a 'come and see' appeal. We have grown attached to buildings, programs, staff and a wide variety of goods and services designed to attract and entertain people.

"Missional is a helpful term used to describe what happens when you and I replace the 'come to us' invitations with a 'go to them' life. A life where 'the way of Jesus' informs and radically transforms our existence to one wholly focused on sacrificially living for him and others and where we adopt a missionary stance in relation to our culture. It speaks of the very nature of the Jesus follower."
- Rick Meigs


Brett Probert said...

Amen Keith. I think you've heard me say before that we have the "great commission" backwards. We think that Jesus meant teach first, then baptize, then go (or send). NOT. He said first go, then baptize (include), then teach. Keep preaching!

Keith H. McIlwain said...

I agree wholeheartedly with your "order", which is also that of Jesus! Makes it difficult, too, then, to justify "believer-only" baptism!