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2 of the Best Videos on the Missional Church

I love these two little videos that simply and clearly explain how we can be the missional church.

The missional church is not the latest fad or a new denomination. It is simply how church should be. God has a mission to transform the world be bringing in his kingdom. It’s amazing how this video gets the message across in a memorable way in a few sort minutes.

This mission is not something that should be left to the experts or to those who feel a calling. It is not up to the church leaders to advertise the church and set up programmes that will attract people. Not that there is anything with wrong with church programmes or inviting people to church. But if that is all we do that we will fail to fulfil God’s mission. We are all sent into the world to be salt and light and to reach our friends with the kingdom. It is not a case of ‘either/or’ but ‘both/and’.

This next video on what it calls missional community gives a very practical tip on how to do it. I think we all relate to stories and turning this into one simple story works really well.

The message is simple yet again. Don’t get so caught up in your church as to lose your non-Christian friends. Yes, on occasions new Christians may find their friends taking them away from God. But generally, God wants us to keep those relationships so that people have someone they can talk to when they want to discuss spiritual issues.

Can you empathise and maybe even identify with Bob? What’s your story?

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August 26, 2011 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)

Brother Maynard on Evangelism

The next article that I want to look at is CharisMissional Evangelism by Brother Maynard.

Signs and wonders are one hallmark of charismatic evangelism. John Wimber popularised this idea in the 1980s in his book Power Evangelism. The basic idea was that supernatural gifts such as healing should accompany the proclamation of the gospel. This view is still held today in many churches. I can understand that some may fear that this may discredit the gospel if the healings promised do not materialise but I still feel that this can be a valid practice.

Brother Maynard points out that also during the 1980s in other circles there was a growing emphasis on Lifestyle Evangelism. ‘Sharing our faith’ has often meant just entering into a dialogue about Jesus. On the other hand Lifestyle Evangelism stresses the importance of demonstrating our faith in our lives. Of course for lifestyle evangelism to really be evangelism we must never forget to mention Jesus!

Power Evangelism and Lifestyle Evangelism both involve ‘proclamation’ and ‘demonstration’ but in different ways. Brother Maynard recommends we ‘proclaim’ the gospel by having natural conversations with people who want to discuss issues of faith and we demonstrate the gospel both by letting people see how our faith in applied to our everyday lives and by offering to pray for people’s needs in low key ways. Though he has some misgivings about the word ultimately this is what he would call CharisMissional Evangelism.

You can find Brother Maynard’s article here.

Stay tuned for another CharisMissional article from Porpoise Diving Life soon.

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August 19, 2011 at 6:00 pm Comments (0)