Missional Communities Pt 2 by Ceasar Kalinowski
Fleshing out Missional Community on your world.
We cannot be effective by hiding out in our churches, our offices and our homes. We have to be out and be active in our community in order to build the mission!
We have to be busy instead of appearing busy. It is about what we do and not about what we talk about!
Vision will be cast and poured out so many times. As a leader we have to give our followers the steps, handles and tools to make it happen. The challenge is to be a doer of your own vision so that people can follow and emulate!
The Church is a family, mission, servant and student! If we live these very things out in our ministry and our life, then the churches we build will emulate the same.
If we do not teach identity, our identity in Christ, we are church effectively doing nothing in our church!
The life of a Gospel community is not just a series or events and programs, it is a life lived in rhythm. Programs and events become mile markers, not characteristics.
If we live on mission, we need to live like missionaries. That means we would constantly live immersed in the culture and the people. It has to be 100% about lifestyle.
Imagine if we looked at everything we do as a missionary gig! That means that our life is overflowing with the passion for the Gospel! That means we would look at the opp to be part of life with our in our jobs as a place to reach another life!
Treat your community and your neighborhood as a mission field. Go out and reach out to spread the fame of the Gospel.
Don’t form your Missional Communities around your friendships. Form them around your mission, where you are and what God has called you to!
Ask: DO we have any influence and interaction with lost people? Or, are we so busy with “church” work that we do not have the time to interact with unbelievers? HMMMMM.
Rhythms of Missional Community Outreach
1. Be Story Formed in Your Life & Community
Your life and your history comes from a story! Your background, family and spiritual lives are all shared through stories. Our access to grace comes through knowing the story of God’s gift of Jesus.
We need to be helping all people find out where they fit into the story of life and redemption. We need to be able to tell the story well. This is done primarily through preaching and teaching. Doesn’t mean you need a pulpit, it means you need to be sharing the truth at all times.
Your life is part of a grand narrative that is found in the Scriptures. We need to help other understand this very thing. We do it by going where people are and sharing the story…..
2. Listen……Be Attentive to God and your community
We need to set time to hear from God. We need to listen by reading the Word, praying and worshiping. This is a huge factor many communities leave out!
It is imperative that our communities be built on the foundation of prayer. How is it we are supposed to know what it is God requires of us if we are not listening to Him? We can’t do all the talking, we need to let God do some of that talking!
Be intentional about hearing from God. Set time aside on your daily calendar and schedule to hear from God.
Cultivate a listening people in your community. This is a foundation for a healthy community.
We have to work hard to be good listeners. It takes work and patience.
Listen to each other! Why? Because God speaks through His creation.
3. Celebrate……Set aside times to recognize milestones & the Gospel
Set aside times to celebrate God extravagant gifts, graces and mercies. Make sure you set prioritize this very thing.
Use the celebration as a time to tell stories and listen! Share the triumph and share the ways that God has displayed His glory!
Make these times of Celebration fun, exciting and attractive! These celebrations should draw people in, and interest people outside the church. Make sure you celebration is always filled with God’s glory and the Gospel!
Make sure that celebration is not inwardly focused. It is NOT about us, it’s about God! We have more reason than anyone on earth to celebrate. So……DO IT!!!!
Make your celebration regular. Make them fun. Make them incredible. Make tem a reflection of the great character of God. Make your celebrations a party where people want to come and be part!
4. Live in a Rhythm of Blessing
Bless others through words, service and gifts. Make sure we work to multiply the blessing that God has lavished upon us.
Prayerfully look for 3 people each week to bless! Ask God to bring them into your life. If all of your small groups do this dozens will be blessed each week!
When you work together and bless people, people start asking why! Asking why leads to sharing the Gospel. Make sure that blessing people is done with Gospel intentionality.
DO NOT give so people will like you. Give from our abundance, don’t give out of guilt. Our storehouse of blessing is inexhaustible.
Make a list of the blessings in your life. Then make a list of how you can use those to bless others.
God is looking for conduits of blessings and not reservoirs for blessings!
God’s intent in blessing us is that we would bless other!
5. Eat Together……We need to break bread together.
We need to satisfy our hunger. This is common to all men. It is a place to meet without barriers. Let your meals be a time to allow god to meet your needs physically and spiritually.
Make sure you are hospitable and invite others into your home and eat with them
Make it a point to have 3 meals a week with someone who is not in your immediate family of circle of friends. Get into the rhythm of using this as a tool for perpetuating the Gospel. Ask God to bring 3 people to you each week.
If we can’t even eat meals with lost people, then how can we reach lost people in their world? We eat regularly, so add nonbelievers to your routine.
6. ReCreate…..Meaning have fun, relax and joyful create opps to rest.
Look for creative ways to use recreation and creative ideas to glorify God.
Make sure that we do not become the over worked, freakishly committed people that have not time to rest. Remember the Sabbath and keep it Holy!
People need to see us enjoy life. We have every reason to enjoy life. Invite people to come along with us as we enjoy life.
i.e. Take people fishing, camping, shopping, watching football, etc
This is “low hanging fruit” in the personal evangelism realm. People need to see you restore beauty in your life. They need to see you enjoy hobbies, fun and games.
Non-believers need to see that we are not stuffy, fun murdering people as followers of Jesus. They need to see that we are all alike and all need times to unwind and enjoy life
Display rest and relaxation. Make your life something that people want to emulate.
You cannot preach it into existence, you have to model it into existence!
When you display a life and community that people want to emulate, you will see your Missional Community multiply. This is a key in successful community life!