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Primer on Missional: Part 3

A Missional Perspective

Of all the unlikely sources, this graphic came from Wikipedia in their article on missional living. In this final installment in our primer on missional, it does provide a helpful perspective on missional. Missional living being the intersection of “with the cross,” “in community,” and “to the culture.”

With the Cross – “He must hold firmly to the trustworthy message as it has been taught, so that he can encourage others by sound doctrine and refute those who oppose it” (Titus 1:9). True missional living requires sound doctrine. We must not ever soft sell or compromise doctrines of sin, death, hell and Satan for the saking of reaching more people. Instead, it is only through those doctrines that we can begin to grasp the power of the cross to forgive sinners and offer life to those who are dead. 

In Community – There are no “lone ranger Christians.” In fact, God’s goal in history, as the Scriptures consistently attest, is to make a people for himself. “They will be my people, and I will be there God” (Jeremiah 32:38) is a frequent refrain of the Scriptures. One of the great benefits of missional living is recapturing the ideal of community. Missional living requires a commitment to living in and as part of the people of God.

To the Culture – Eric Geiger, author of Simple Church, in discussing 2 Corinthians 5, says that to be an ambassador is to “represent Christ in the culture for a specific period of time.” We, as Christians, are prone to go to one of two extremes. Either we see how dangerous is could be to get mixed up in culture that we retreat from it, living in holy huddles. Or, else, we so infiltrate the culture that we become indistinguishable from it. Both of those extremes are unbiblical. Missional living calls us to recognize that we are aliens and strangers in this world, but, for the time God has allotted to us, he has given us a mission to share his grace with a dying world.

Many people are scared off by missional because they see how easy it will be to go too far. If we lose site of sound doctrine for the sake of reaching people, we’ve gone too far. If we ever think we can do this on our own, we’ve gone too far. If we go so far into the culture that we become just like it, we’ve gone too far. But at the place where we rigorously fight for sound doctrine as we, the people of God, penetrate the culture, we are living missionally, being Jesus with skin on to a world so desperate for the touch of God.

Interact: Which of these three are you most likely to take too far in the way you live?


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