What is the kingdom of God? It is wherever Jesus is King. When Jesus is King in my heart, then the kingdom of God is within me. When Jesus is in charge in heaven, the kingdom of God is in heaven. When Jesus is King in our community, the kingdom of God is on Earth. In the Bible, Jesus said all three of these things. Our ultimate goal in all that we’re doing is not to be ‘purpose driven’, our ultimate purpose is the kingdom of God, it is to the glory of God—it is the global glory of God.
Great video describing the missional church with a mission of “LOVE. LIBERATE. LEAD. AND LAUNCH.”
All eyes on Apple–new products. Fine & Good. As long as our enjoyment of things & new technologies doesn't eclipse our enjoying of people
— Leonard Sweet (@lensweet) September 7, 2014
"What happens when the church you love is broken down in the fast lane of a changing culture?" @lensweet in So Beautiful
— Laurel O'Connor (@laurelmoconnor) September 8, 2014
If living with others in healthy community isn’t messy for you, you’re probably doing it wrong.
— J.R. Briggs (@jr_briggs) September 8, 2014
When we seek to plant churches bigger than our neighborhoods we're tempted to act bigger than we are.
— Dan White Jr. (@danwhitejr) September 8, 2014
When you eat a long meal w/ people different than you, reconciliation's not a cause on a sign, it's actually happening in your neighborhood.
— David Fitch (@fitchest) September 8, 2014
My liberation is tied up in yours. #Ferguson
— Michael Brown (@BroderickGreer) September 9, 2014
Conversion is not to a code, or cause, or creed. Conversion is to Christ, a person not a principle
— Leonard Sweet (@lensweet) September 9, 2014
And again: "Justice is what love looks like in public." Cornel West
— Marlena Graves (@MarlenaGraves) September 9, 2014
From our taster conference today: "What's the primary model of growth for most churches?" "Having babies!" #unmissional
— Alex Absalom (@AlexAbsalom) September 9, 2014
— Laurel O'Connor (@laurelmoconnor) September 10, 2014
Discipleship relationships hinge at the unusual place of Belonging with each other (safety) & Becoming new together (stretching).
— Dan White Jr. (@danwhitejr) September 10, 2014
"@darrinpatrick: If you aren't even a little freaked out by God's call on your life, you aren't embracing God's call on your life." // Amen!
— Dai Hankey ن (@daihankey) September 11, 2014
Pro Missional Tip: You are called to rest IN God, not work FOR God; to have faith, not frenzy. Rest in God and the rest will work out.
— Geoff Holsclaw ن (@geoffholsclaw) September 12, 2014
What type of org structure a faith community embraces IMO depends largely on what the community values most.
— Fred Liggin IV (@Liggin) September 12, 2014
ENJOY YOUR WEEKEND!
Asking, “What is worth following?” is a helpful antidote to our cultural inclination to look for certain caricatures of a leader that may have very little to do with healing relationship, stewarding the land or anything else related to God’s redemptive vision. If we allow the broader culture to predetermine the qualities of a leader, we can easily overlook the very gifts, skills and character qualities that God desires for us to discover. These caricatures of leaders are what caused the Pharisees of Jesus’ day to miss the appearance of the Messiah. Think about that for a moment.
….[The Pharisees] desperately wanted to identify the Messiah, probably more than the average Israelite, and yet many of them missed Christ because of what they thought they should be looking for.