Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

Missional Thinking 101 for Worshipers: GET OUT OF THE CHURCH!

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MSTour1 Have this attitude in yourselves

which was also in Christ Jesus, who, although he existed in the form of God,

did not regard equality with God a thing to be grasped, but emptied himself,

taking the form of a bond-servant, and being made in the likeness of men.

Philippians 2: 6–7, NASB

Our Missional Face

The operative word in missions is “incarnation.” John 1:14 (HCSB) says, “The Word became flesh and took up residence among us.” Incarnate means “in bodily form.” Jesus brought God’s Word to life, in the flesh. As disciples on mission, we bring the gospel to life, in the flesh. In their manual Launching Missional Communities: A Field Guide, Mike Breen and Alex Absalom define incarnational as: “changing our message from ‘come to us and look like us’ to ‘we’re coming to you and showing you Christ where you are.’”6

As stated in previous chapters, my definition of missions has become “meeting people at their point of need on a regular basis in your community to build relationships which lead to witnessing opportunities.” Across the past 30 years in the evangelical church, we have emphasized that every church member is a minister, not just the paid staff. But the Bible calls every church member to be a missionary, too. When we incarnate the gospel to the world, ministry will happen alongside missions. Just as Christ became love in the flesh, so must we. The greatest Christian mission force in the world is sitting inside our churches. Break out, church; go embody Christ to your community!  — Mark Powers

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Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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