We pick off a few ideas from Rob Bell, Brene Brown, Jeff Bezos, Esther, Jesus, and Paul and encourage people to realize that "we are the committee." God is longing for people to have the courage to move forward to participate in His mission, prayerfully and graciously being who He wants us to be.
Does God need us to dress up? That's the question we explore in this episode, asking whether we need to wear suits and ties and nice dresses when we gather together. Not surprisingly, we say the answer is a resounding "no!" In fact, to do so may give the impression of non-inclusiveness. And it may be idolatrous, as though God needs to be appeased by us by wearing some sort of arbitrary costume.
We share this powerful quote from one of our favorite authors, Ellen White: "“On Sunday many popular churches appear more like a theater than like a place for the worship of God. Every fashionable dress is displayed there. Many of the poor have not courage to enter such houses of worship. Their plain dress, though it may be neat, is in marked contrast with that of their more wealthy sisters, and this difference causes them to feel embarrassed” (CTBH 85).
Over the course of our podcast we haven't talked much about the importance of making Scripture the foundation of our mission, discipleship and community. So that's what we do here. We address the role of Scripture in the life of the disciple and the community of disciples, noting how a missional community is not just a "support group," and then discuss the role of Scripture in the discipling of others.
We mention four questions that can be very helpful in guiding one's study of Scripture:
1. Who is God?
2. What has He done?
3. Who am I in light of what He's done?
4. How do I live?
Shawn sits down with his mother to talk about her life on mission - before being missional was even cool - as a nurse for three decades. She shares a really unbelievable story of Doreen, a troubled co-worker the Brace family took in for a weekend that turned into nearly two decades, and how that simple decision ended up having eternal ramifications.
We reflect back on the past year and discuss whether we have experienced any success missionally. Of course, this brings up all sorts of questions of what success looks like, how we define it, and how we ultimately should leave those concerns up to God.
We crunch some numbers. Not that we're really about numbers, but we make a simple case for why life-on-life discipleship is a smarter investment of time, money, and resources when it comes to trying to change the world than putting on big meetings that might draw a larger crowd. Simply put, it's the power of exponential growth.
Is it possible to learn something from people who don't believe in God? Shawn sits down with Camille's sister, Shelley, and her husband Greg, to have a fascinating and edifying conversation about their journey in and out of Christianity and faith.
We get practical again and share some ideas on how to be missional at Christmas time - without putting on a program. It's never too early to start thinking about the Christmas season. So enjoy a few suggestions of how you can get on mission this year.
We get very practical here, sharing 13 ways to be missional in your city or town. We talk about how we can enter the rhythms of life in your community and incarnate the gospel in everyday life. The goal, of course, is to repeatedly journey alongside people so we can ultimately "do life" with them and bless and serve them.
So what happens if you're a pastor or a layperson and you'd really like to get your church on mission, making disciples, and forming community, but you're not sure that anyone else does? We talk about some practical steps to take when it comes to pursuing this vision within your congregation.