When Jesus was asked to reduce everything in the Bible to one command he said: Love God with everything you have and love your neighbor as yourself. What if he meant we should love our actual neighbors? You know, the people who live right next door.
My colleague Bob Rasmussen has developed a ten week course about building bridges of friendship and ministry for Christ called Ministry in a Multi-Cultural World.
My good friend Jeff Getz is offering an amazing opportunity to prayer walk through New York City and capture God’s heart for the nations!
In his book Shaped by God’s Heart, Milfred Manetrea talks about the need to become a new kind of church. He believes that churches must rediscover their reason to exist:
“And I say to you that many shall come from east and west, and recline at the table with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven.” Matthew 8:11
Missional Transformation is the process of aligning a believer or church with the redemptive mission of Jesus.
This concept of missional embodiment is not new. For nearly two thousand years, followers of Jesus Christ have been practicing it.
Over 50 years ago, Nate Saint, Jim Elliot, Roger Youderian, Ed McCully, and Pete Fleming were all spurred by a passion to share the gospel message with the Auca Indians in Ecuador. After making contact with this isolated tribe whose previous response to the outside world had been to attack all strangers, they together responded in obedience to Jesus — and tragically, all five men were killed by those they were trying to reach.
In Luke 10, Jesus sent His disciples “two by two, into every town and place where he himself was about to go.”