on church planting

June 24, 2010

The 4 directives part 1

One of our favorite TV series is CHUCK. In every episode the CIA issues a directive that CHUCK and his team needs to accomplish. The same thing applies if we want to be missional. We have a mandate from Jesus to do 4 things to fulfill.

4 directives that outline the missional mandate of the church:

1.    We are sent.

John 20:19  ¶     On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!”
John 20:20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord.
John 20:21  ¶     Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”

Are we willing to do whatever it takes to reach our community?

2. 2.    To all kinds of people

Matt. 28:18-20 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”

All nations means:
a.    people group. (ethno-linguistic)
b.    populations segments – subgroups within a distinct people group that share the same language and culture. An example in San Juan Greenhills are the Filipino-chinese,  High School students, Muslim businessmen.
c.    Cultural environments – subgroups that are defined by a geographical environment. Ex: salespeople and workforce in Greenhills shopping center, offices in San Juan area.

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