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									IT’S TIME
… A Journey Toward Missional Faithfulness
Session 1
    An Urgent Call To
    Christian Mission
           2 Corinthians 5:17

• Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a
  new creation; the old has gone, the new
  has come! (NIV)

  – What does this newness lead to (vv. 18-20)
  – What are some “new” times you‟ve
    experienced in your life?
  – How did you gain the confidence to enter into
    these times?
               Digging Deeper

• How has God renewed your life?
    – Share stories of your salvation and baptism


•   How did you recognize your need for God?
•   How did you claim God in your life?
•   What have been the differences?
•   How has this led you to be on mission?
          2 Corinthians 5:18-20
• All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself
  through Christ and gave us the ministry of
  reconciliation:
• that God was reconciling the world to himself in
  Christ, not counting men's sins against them.
  And he has committed to us the message of
  reconciliation.
• We are therefore Christ's ambassadors, as
  though God were making his appeal through us.
  We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be reconciled
  to God. (NIV)
   – What does it mean for us to be “ambassadors” for
     Christ?
   – What is the mission of God?
   – How do we participate in this mission?
              Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – How can you discover “the newness of God”
    for you life?
  – What are the implications for your life if you
    claim the newness of God for yourself?


• In This Church:
  – How is this church moving toward becoming a
    more missional congregation?
  – What are the implications for this church if you
    claim the newness of God‟s leadership?
         Summary Thought

• “Now is the time for individual Christians
  and churches to discern God‟s mission in
  the world and discover their participation
  in it.”
             Session 2
It’s Time…
              For Spiritual Formation
             Jesus Prayer

• Lord Jesus Christ, Son Of God, have
  mercy on me, a sinner.
             Digging Deeper

• What is Spiritual Formation?
  – We are formed by God and continue to grow in
    God.
  – We are being conformed to Christ through the
    work of the Holy Spirit.
  – This formation happens through (but is not
    limited to) prayer, contemplation, study,
    fellowship, service and worship.
  – We never are completely formed in our human
    lives but continue to strive toward God‟s will.
                      Scripture

• Genesis 2:7
  – the LORD God formed the man from the dust of the
    ground and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life,
    and the man became a living being.


• Galatians 4:19-20
  – My dear children, for whom I am again in the pains of
    childbirth until Christ is formed in you, how I wish I
    could be with you now and change my tone, because I
    am perplexed about you!
                     Scripture

• Ro 8:28-29
  – And we know that in all things God works for the good of
    those who love him, who have been called according to
    his purpose. For those God foreknew he also
    predestined to be conformed to the likeness of his Son,
    that he might be the firstborn among many brothers.


• 2 Co 3:18
  – And we, who with unveiled faces all reflect the Lord's
    glory, are being transformed into his likeness with ever-
    increasing glory, which comes from the Lord, who is the
    Spirit.
         Scripture Reflection

• What does “being formed” and
  transformed mean to your life?
• How does this “formation” affect your
  faith?
• How does it lead you to mission?
               Jesus Prayer

• Lord Jesus Christ, Son Of God, have
  mercy on me, a sinner.
  – How does this prayer impact you?
  – How does this prayer lead us away from
    “performance based” religion?
  – How does this prayer lead us away from
    “authoritative, controlling” religion?
                  Life Application

• In Your Life:
   – How can you live out a transformed life as the presence
     of Christ?
   – What are the implications for your life if you begin living
     as the presence of Christ for others?


• In This Church:
   – How can this church move toward being the presence of
     Christ in your community?
   – What are the implications for this church if you
     beginning living as the presence of Christ for others?
         Summary Thought

• “Our identity is in what we receive!”
             Session 3
It’s Time…
                         To Pray
         A Chinese Proverb

• The one who loves much prays much, and
  the one who prays much loves much.
            Do You Care?

• Whom do you care about?
                         1 Corinthians 13

•   If I speak in the tongues of men and of angels, but have not love, I am only a
    resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom
    all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but
    have not love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and surrender my
    body to the flames, but have not love, I gain nothing.

•   Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is
    not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs.
    Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always
    trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

•   Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are
    tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. For we
    know in part and we prophesy in part, but when perfection comes, the imperfect
    disappears. When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I
    reasoned like a child. When I became a man, I put childish ways behind me. Now
    we see but a poor reflection as in a mirror; then we shall see face to face. Now I
    know in part; then I shall know fully, even as I am fully known.

•   And now these three remain: faith, hope and love. But the greatest of these is love.
            Digging Deeper

• What are the implications of this passage
  has concerning prayer?
• How does love affect our prayer life?
• How does love keep our prayers from just
  being a shopping list?
• How does love create an “attitude of
  attentiveness.”
                    Digging Deeper
•   Prayer as learning to love
    1.   Immerse yourself in practical service and personal witness
         where you live.
    2.   Nurture friendships with individuals of a different culture and
         in different parts of the world than where you live.
    3.   Learn as much as you can about the „life situation‟ of other
         people.
    4.   Imagine Jesus being in the place of the one for whom you
         pray.
    5.   Imagine someone very close or dear to you being in the
         place of the one for whom you pray.
    6.   Imagine yourself as being in place of the one for whom you
         pray.
    7.   Embrace the struggles of learning to intercede as a
         necessary part of you own discipleship.
               Digging Deeper

• Prayer Disciplines
  – Solitude
     • Spend time alone with God
  – Divine Reading
     • Read the bible RELIGIOUSLY
  – Abandonment
     • God grant me the serenity to accept the things I
       cannot change; courage to change the things I can;
       and wisdom to know the difference.
  – What else has worked for you?
              Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – Which of the prayer disciplines have you
    chosen to practice?
  – What are the implications for your life as you
    commit to a deeper life of prayer?

• In This Church:
  – How can this church move toward a more
    intentional discipline of prayer?
  – What are the implications for your church as
    you commit to a deeper life of corporate
    prayer?
         Summary Thought

• “The more we receive God‟s love, the
  more we will desire God‟s love.”
           Session 4
It’s Time…
       For Churches To Discover And
      Fulfill their God-Given Purpose
        Where Would You Be?

• If you could go anywhere in the world to
  be a missionary, where would you go?
• What would your main task be?
• How would you accomplish that task?
        The Missional Church

• The missional church is one that
  represents the presence of Christ in its
  community and its world.
• The missional church is about empowering
  people to discover and use their passions
  on purpose to be the presence of Christ in
  their world whether anyone joins their
  church or not!
            Digging Deeper

• What are the implications of this passage
  has concerning prayer?
• How does love affect our prayer life?
• How does love keep our prayers from just
  being a shopping list?
• How does love create an “attitude of
  attentiveness?”
           Digging Deeper

• How would this approach to doing and
  being church change your church?
• What does your church need to do to
  become more missional?
              Digging Deeper

• The Cultural Context
  – No longer is the Church the center of
    community life.
    • Religious Pluralism and Theological Diversity
    • Movement toward mysticism
• The Denominational Context
  – Fragmentation, realignment and redefinition
  – Multiple affiliations
  – Faith on a local level
                 Digging Deeper

• The Congregational Context
  –   Beyond denominational to partnering
  –   Beyond program-based to lifestyle
  –   Delegated approach to participatory
  –   Clergy-led to people of God
  –   Fragmented to holistic
  –   Geopolitical to ethnolinguistic
  –   Success approach to faithfulness
  –   Monological approach to dialogical
  –   Prayer support to prayer as missions
  –   Law approach to love
            Digging Deeper

• What is this church doing in approaching a
  missional context?
• What do we need to work on?
• What are we doing well?
• What are the implications of shifting to
  this ministry approach?
                    2 Co 5:16-21



• So from now on we regard no one from a worldly point of
  view. Though we once regarded Christ in this way, we do
  so no longer. Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new
  creation; the old has gone, the new has come! All this is
  from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and
  gave us the ministry of reconciliation: that God was
  reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting
  men's sins against them. And he has committed to us the
  message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ's
  ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal
  through us. We implore you on Christ's behalf: Be
  reconciled to God. God made him who had no sin to be sin
  for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness
  of God.
             Scripture Reflection

• How is this church reconciling the world to
  Christ?
  – Are we…
     •   Too proud to cry?
     •   Too nice to sweat?
     •   Too sophisticated to laugh?
     •   To busy to celebrate?
• What to we need to do to be more
  intentional about being missional?
             Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – How is this church reconciling you to becoming
    more missional?
  – What are the implications for your life if you
    enter more into the missional journey?
  – What pains are you willing to endure to
    become more missional in your journey?
  – How are you reconciling others to Christ?
  – Whom are you reconciling to Christ?
              Life Application


• In This Church:
  – What is this church doing to become a more
    missional congregation?
  – What are the implications for this church if you
    enter more into the missional journey?
  – What pains is the church willing to endure to
    become more missional?
         Summary Thoughts

• “There are more Muslims in America than
  Presbyterians.”
• “Established churches that become
  missional will do so only with intentional
  and persevering leadership, and even then
  it will NOT be without pain!”
          Session 5
It’s Time…
          To Have A Passion For The
   Great Commission of Jesus Christ
              Mt 28:18-20

• Then Jesus came to them and said, "All
  authority in heaven and on earth has been
  given to me. Therefore go and make
  disciples of all nations, baptizing them in
  the name of the Father and of the Son and
  of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to
  obey everything I have commanded you.
  And surely I am with you always, to the
  very end of the age."
    What is your favorite story?

• What is your favorite story as a child?
• How about as a teenager?
• What is your favorite movie or book (non-
  biblical) now that you‟re an adult?
• What have these stories taught you about
  life?
• About faith?
           Evangelism/Outreach

• Why people don‟t attend Sunday School:
  –   Unsure of what they need to do.
  –   Unsure of what they need to say.
  –   Afraid of being put on the spot.
  –   Feel unworthy to be there.
  –   Are afraid of rejection and/or commitment.
            Evangelism/Outreach

• Why people don‟t practice evangelism/outreach:
  –   Unsure of what they need to do.
  –   Unsure of what they need to say.
  –   Afraid of being put on the spot.
  –   Feel unworthy to be there.
  –   Are afraid of rejection and/or commitment.

• What implications do these have for our work in
  the church?
• What implications do these have for our living out
  the Great Commission?
          Several Commissions
• Mathew 9:38
  – Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out
    workers into his harvest field.

• Mark 6:7
  – Calling the Twelve to him, he sent them out two by two
    and gave them authority over evil spirits.

• Luke 9:1-2
  – When Jesus had called the Twelve together, he gave
    them power and authority to drive out all demons and to
    cure diseases, and he sent them out to preach the
    kingdom of God and to heal the sick.
           Digging Deeper

• What are the common themes in each of
  these?
• What are we to understand from the
  passage?
• What have you been commissioned to
  do?
• How do these passages encourage us to
  share the gospel?
               Digging Deeper

• 7 practical thoughts for sharing the Gospel
  – Nurture your own relationship with Jesus.
  – Form spiritual friendships.
  – Practice hospitality.
  – Become involved in at least one “hands on” ministry that
    addresses a social or human need.
  – Get to know at least one person of a different color,
    culture or class than yourself.
  – Respond to the inner urging of the Spirit.
  – Don‟t be ashamed of your story.
               Digging Deeper

• How have we ignored evangelism/
  visitation/outreach in our church today?
  – Have we?
• How can we regain an intentionality of
  sharing our faith without feeling ill at ease
  with ourselves or making others ill at
  ease?
            Life Application

• How did Jesus model relationship
  evangelism in a positive way?
• What can we learn from his techniques?
• Brainstorm ways to make your outreach
  more effective.
              Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – What are you willing to do to become more
    intentional in your Christian witness?
  – What are the implications for your life if you do
    become more intentional?
  – What is your story? Share it!

• In This Church:
  – How can our church help its people become
    more intentional in being a strong witness for
    Christ in our community?
  – What is our congregations story? Share it!
         Summary Thought

• “We can tell our story, and we should not
  be ashamed of it. It may not be as
  dramatic as another story; but if it is
  authentic, it is our story.”
             Session 6
It’s Time…
             To Do Justice And Mercy
                Definitions

• What does Justice really mean?
  – The maintenance or administration of what is
    just: impartial adjustment of conflicting
    claims: the assignment of merited rewards or
    punishments.

• What does Mercy really mean?
  – Compassion or forbearance shown to an
    offender or subject: clemency or kindness
    extended to someone instead of strictness or
    severity.
               Reflection

• How does our church practice justice and
  mercy?
• What are you doing well?
• What do we need to do better?
• What is being overlooked completely?
              Digging Deeper

• How do Justice and Mercy become a way
  of life?
  – Hearts must be changed.
    • We are selfish and self-centered.
  – Minds must be changed.
    • We are shaped by popular culture
    • Prevailing prejudices.
  – Behaviors must be changed.
    • The greed of consumerism.
            Digging Deeper

• Which of these three areas do you need to
  change the most?
  – Why?
• Which of these do you feel good about in
  your life?
  – Why?
             Digging Deeper

• Mt 11:28-30
  – "Come to me, all you who are weary and
    burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my
    yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am
    gentle and humble in heart, and you will find
    rest for your souls.


• Ro 12:2
  – Do not conform any longer to the pattern of
    this world, but be transformed by the renewing
    of your mind.
         Scripture Reflection

• What insights do these give for practicing
  justice and mercy?
• What are some other verses that give us
  insights in how to do justice and mercy?
• What are the implications for your life if
  you are to practice these?
               Life Application

• The 7 deadly sins
  –   Avarice – Greed
  –   Gluttony – Love of food
  –   Impurity – Lust
  –   Depression – Greif
  –   Anger – Deadly passion
  –   Sloth – Boredom
  –   Vainglory – Love of Praise
  –   Pride – Opposite of Humility
               Life Application

• Our World
  – The average American has 3 TV sets.
  – The average American watches at lease 5 hours of TV a
    day.
  – ½ the pets in America are overweight.
  – AIDS has killed nearly six million children worldwide.
  – Americans constitute less than 5% of the world‟s
    population but consume nearly 25% of the world‟s
    energy.
  – In 1997, the US owned 25% of the cars in the world.
  – In 1999, 31 million individuals were hungry on a daily
    basis.
             Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – How can you begin to be a more intentional
    instrument of justice and mercy in your world?
  – What are the implications for your life if you
    implement these actions?

• In This Church:
  – How can this church become a more
    intentional instrument of justice and mercy in
    our world?
  – What are the implications for our church if you
    implement these actions?
         Summary Thought

• “The Gospel is all about change –
  personal, social, and even global. God‟s
  desire for us to become people who are
  passionate about justice and mercy.”
          Session 7
It’s Time…
     Rediscover the Baptist Heritage
  And To Renew The Baptist Witness
              Partnering Up

• Pair up
  – Talk about your story.
  – What‟s important about you?
• How did you go about sharing your
  identity?
• What do you want people to really know
  about you?
• How do you define yourself, by who you
  are, what you do, or who you are not?
                  Digging Deeper

•   What defines us as Baptists?
    –   Nonhierarchical approach to doing church.
    –   The priesthood of all believers.
    –   A non-creedal approach to faith.
    –   Individual and corporate freedom.
    –   Personal experience of God‟s grace through Christ
        binds us together.
•   How does each of these areas define your
    church‟s identity?
•   How does each of these areas define your
    individual identity?
              Digging Deeper
• What happens if we are too strict in tradition and
  church rules?
• What is the difference between creed and a
  confession?
• Should theological education be rote memory or
  intellectual pursuit?
• What is the difference between being Christian
  and being Baptist?
• Which is more important, being Baptist or being
  Christian?
• How should we relate to persons of faith who
  aren‟t Baptist?
             Why I am a Baptist?
• The Christian faith as Baptists hold it, sets spiritual
  experience boldly to the front as the one great thing in
  religion. It aims at experiential religion. We are an
  evangelic body. We summon all men to conscious
  repentance from sin, to conscious prayer for forgiveness.
  We ask a man: “Have you put your faith in Christ? Have
  you submitted your will to His will? Have you received the
  inward assurance that your sins are forgiven and that you
  are at peace with God?” If anyone desires to enter our
  churches, we ask for evidence of such experience and we
  ask for nothing else. We do not ask him to recite a creed
  or catechism. The more simple and heartfelt the testimony
  is, the better we like it. If it is glib and wordy, we distrust
  it. Experience is our sole requisite for receiving baptism; it
  is fundamental in our church life.
               Life Application

• List elements of a personal relationship with
  Christ.
• A Poem
            Isn‟t it strange that princes and kings,
           And clowns that caper in sawdust rings,
            And common people like you and me,
                    Are builders for eternity?
                  Each is given a bag of tools,
              A shapeless mass, a book of rules;
           And each must make-ere life is flown –
           A stumbling block or a sweeping stone!
                                                   R.L. Sharpe
              Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – How can you more clearly clarify your identity
    as a follower of Christ?
  – What are the implications for your life if you
    clarify your identity?

• In This Church:
  – How does our church help people grow as
    disciplines?
  – What are the implications for our church if the
    members become more intentional in disciple-
    making?
          Summary Thought

• “I like to identify myself as a convictional
  Baptist, a Christian who expresses faith
  and lives life compelled and convinced by
  certain principles that Baptists have
  championed.”
             Session 8
It’s Time…
                         For Hope
                     2 Co 4:1

• Therefore, since through God's mercy we
  have this ministry, we do not lose heart.
  –   A passage to the church in Corinthian.
  –   A word of hope to the church.
  –   Hope does not happen in isolation.
  –   Hope happens in the context of community.
  –   No one can exist (for very long) in isolation!
                 Hope

• Who are some people who have given you
  hope in your spiritual life?
• Who are some people to whom you have
  given hope for their lives?
• Who needs hope from you right now?
             Digging Deeper

• Authentic Spirituality
  – What does this look like?
  – How do we participate in this?
  – What does this add to our vision of hope?
• Community
  – What does this look like?
  – How do we participate in this?
  – What does this add to our vision of hope?
             Digging Deeper

• Global Missions
  – What does this look like?
  – How do we participate in this?
  – What does this add to our vision of hope?
             Digging Deeper

• To whom can our church be an instrument of
  hope?
• What group of people in your community needs
  our ministry and hope?
• What group of people in our nation need our
  ministry of hope?
• What unreached people group in our world needs
  our ministry and hope?
• What can you do to bring hope to these people?
              Life Application

• In Your Life:
  – How can you discover the mission of God for
    your life and be missional?
  – What are the implications for your life as you
    participate in God‟s mission?


• In This Church:
  – How can this church become a more missional
    congregation?
  – What are the implications for our church if you
    participate in God‟s mission?
         Summary Thought

• “My vision of hope is that thousands of
  laypeople, young and old, will become
  personally involved in God‟s redemptive
  mission and see the world through the
  eyes of their heart.”

								
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