Missional Field Notes

Quotes, Examples, and Ideas from My Missional Frontier

We have a good Bible study going on. Really, it’s good. And I like it.

We have another study starting up. It may be more book study than Bible study, but people will like it.

It will be good.

But, I miss our BLESSING GROUPS that we had last Lenten season into the summer. It was our answer to missional community. And I loved it because I felt like I was a better Christian during that time.

So, what’s the difference between a Bible Study and a Missional Community? Well, it’s because a missional community has the added impact of putting it all into practice.

But, I read the following from Jeff Vanderstelt and, in a humorous way, he hits the nail on the head:

When people at our church gatherings tell me that they wish we did more Bible studies, I usually ask them what book of the Bible they last studied. Let’s imagine they say, “James.”

I then say something like: “That’s great! You must be well equipped to care for widows and orphans, visit the sick, and serve the poor! We have a lot of socio-economic division in our city and we really need people equipped like you to help others.”

“What do you mean?”

“Well, that’s what the book of James teaches and, since you studied it, you must be trained in it.”

Often there is a pregnant pause followed by something like, “Well, we did study it and we learned a lot.”

“Well, did you do what it says? James actually exhorts us to not merely be hearers of the Word, but doers. Right?”

“Well, yes he does say that. But we’ve haven’t gotten around to doing it yet.”

“So how about getting involved in a missional community where you can practice doing what you’ve studied? In fact, before you add more biblical knowledge that you will be accountable to obey, let’s help you follow through with what you already know.”

It’s that whole bit about helping “you follow through with what you already know” that I miss.

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