Each week during our 2018 vision series we will be posting follow-up resources to help you reflect and apply what was preached on. Attached you will find the resource from this past Sunday's sermon.
Redeemer is a Gospel-centered missional family learning and living the way of Jesus in the suburbs of Austin. This past Sunday we looked at what it means to be a missional church family. A missional church family is one that yields to the Holy Spirit as the Spirit leads us into mission. The core of this mission is faithfully loving those in need as we serve, show, and speak the Gospel of grace. We embrace this missional posture as a church family and live this out in the ordinary stuff of life.
SCRIPTURE TO MEDITATE ON THIS WEEK: “At the same time, pray also for us, that God may open to us a door for the word, to declare the mystery of Christ, on account of which I am in prison— that I may make it clear, which is how I ought to speak. Walk in wisdom toward outsiders, making the best use of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer each person.” Colossians 4:3–6 (ESV)
MC/DNA DISCUSSION QUESTIONS:
- There are some churches that encourage people to separate or withdraw from the surrounding culture. Other groups let go of any sort of distinctiveness or Gospel and end up becoming just the same as the surrounding culture. Which of these two ends of the spectrum do you drift towards? Why is it important that we wrestle with the tension and walk in a third way that we might call “missional”?
- A holistic approach to mission includes faithfully serving, showing, and speaking the Gospel of grace to the people God has sent us to. Which are do you find yourself most gifted or drawn to? Why is it important to value and express all three as a church family?
- In our quick-fix society, we often want fast and immediate results. What are the implications for us that mission often unfolds slowly over time? How can we change the metrics from quick results to faithfulness?
- Group Activity - Give everyone in the group a blank sheet of paper and a pen. Start with the category of serving and have the group brainstorm ways you might serve or already serve as a group. Create another column and do the same thing for showing (how will we allow people in need of Jesus to see how we love one another), and finally the third column for speaking. In the speaking column write out the names of people in your life that you want to ask the Spirit for opportunities to speak the Gospel to. When the group has finished walking through these three categories, take a minute to pray together and come up with 1-2 action steps in response to what you came up with together. This might be something just for individual families or something the larger group could work together on.
- 25 Ways to Engage Your Neighbors - This is a short post I wrote for Verge a few years ago. Some helpful ideas for those looking for starting points on how to serve, show, and speak the Gospel to their neighbors.
- Liturgy of the Ordinary by Tish Warren
- Unbelievable Gospel by Jonathan Dodson - A great book that helps us learn to speak the Gospel to the specific needs of people in our lives.