In all of the “missional community” talk it can be good to pause from time to time and ask some questions:
Am I really a part of a missional community?
Is “missional community” just a new name for “small group”?
What is our mission anyway?
Here are 4 signs that you are part of a missional community. (which I define as a community of people who, by Gods grace, are devoted to Jesus, one another, and their neighbors.)
1 THERE ARE RECKLESS SINNERS AT THE DINNER TABLE
If everybody in your “missional community” has read Total Church, knows who Tim Keller is, and “gets” the Gospel, you may need to re-think your mission. Devotion to Jesus will lead us to a place where we actually know, love, and share meals, life, and truth with people who don’t know Jesus and his life-changing grace. (for the record Christians are still sinners too…sometimes less reckless…sometimes more….we all need grace)
2 YOU ARE PEOPLE OF MERCY
There is a problem in all of our talk of “loving the poor”, the problem of just talking about it. There is more to loving the poor than reading blogs, tweeting, and talking. Devotion to Jesus will lead us to a place where we actually serve, sacrifice, and show mercy to the poor and hurting among us.
3 YOU LOVE EACH OTHER
I know that sounds simple (it’s not). If there is not a genuine love and commitment to the other members of this missional community, I am not sure how effective the mission is going to be. Does your missional community pray, eat, laugh, and even cry together? Devotion to Jesus will lead us to a place where we are devoted to one another.
4 PEOPLE ARE GETTING BAPTIZED
Are people who didn’t know Jesus and his life changing grace coming to know that Jesus Christ is Lord? Are people who have spent their whole lives looking for acceptance in work, relationships, religion, success, pleasure, and money finding forgiveness and new life in the gospel of grace?
Help me: are there are other signs of missional community that I am overlooking?
Hope this helps….