We live as “sojourners” in this world. Even as “strangers and aliens.”
I find that alien word a little–well, alien. But we are outsiders to our culture. This positions each of us as everyday missionaries.
My overseas experience suggests that we learn to address a foreign culture with humility and grace. We need to consider how to get past our own roadblocks to effectiveness.
If you’re reading this, you probably consider yourself something of a missionary network leader.
Maybe you’re a pastor, maybe you’re just somebody in the church who wants to share Christ with their friends.
The key idea here is not just making a disciple but making a disciple into a disciplemaker.
So, how will you position yourself, among those you know, as a missionary network leader?
You are a missionary to your friendship circle – good, bad or ugly!
Perhaps you’re a pastor, supervisor or bishop which equates to a position carrying weight or control over the lives of others. All too often this suggests keeping things orderly and theologically correct. That can hinder your role as a missionary network leader.
What do you do if someone bears a lot of fruit while upsetting the applecart as Paul did for the theologians in Jerusalem by engaging Gentiles?
Here are some useful questions:
- How could you reposition yourself as a missionary to your friendship circle?
- Who should you personally befriend? Or, whose life is your responsibility before God?
- How do you reach out in a mission of reconciliation, not pounding people with the gospel, helping your friend become a friend of your friend, Jesus Christ?
- How do you coach your disciple to disciple others while they still live in the mission field?
- And how do you best reach people as they are? The go in the gospel suggests that we leave the church building to make disciples.
The thing that impresses me most about the second chapter of Acts is that church activities had no direct evangelistic element. The believers came together to grow and be equipped. Evangelism was a result of the favor they enjoyed with neighbors whom the Lord added daily to their numbers.
It’s easy to sloganize, “every member a missionary,” but a little more difficult to implement.
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