We have been sent on mission to the places we already inhabit. For many of us, mission has been something that happens across borders, while here at home we do evangelism. For others, mission is feeding the poor or working with the homeless. While neither of these are bad things, they do not give a complete picture of what God’s mission is and what it looks like for us to join Him in it. In this two-week section, we will learn about the mission of God and what it might look like to join Him in His redeeming work in the places you have been sent.
Co-Founder Forge International, Author, Speaker, Missiologist
READ BOOK: Road to Missional, by Michael Frost – Chapter 1
In Road to Missional, Michael Frost writes, “It seems to me, then, that a core question for all missional Christians is to ask, what does the reign of God through Christ look like in my neighborhood? If the kingdom of God has come and is overlapping with the broken world in which I live, how can I alert people to it?” Often we do not know the answers to these questions until we have spent time listening to the Holy Spirit and listening to those in our context. This week spend time doing two things,Spend a few minutes each day listening to the Holy Spirit. Ask the Spirit to reveal to you what good news might be for those in your context. Another prayer you could pray is, “God where are you working and how can I join you?”
- You recently identified a possible context. Spend time listening to a person or family from your context. Visit at work, on your commute, on the street, at the neighborhood playground, at a sporting event, sharing a coffee, or invite someone to a meal. If possible, include your whole family, spouse, or another Christ follower. If it is not possible, simply ask another Christ follower to pray for you as you seek to listen. Before you spend time with someone, ask God to help you listen for ways in which you could bless or demonstrate “good news.” During your time together focus on developing a friendship. After your time together, reflect on the time shared. Ask God and His spirit to help you discern any next steps.