Every community and common mission is unique. The cookie cutter doesn’t exist and there’s no sense in trying. However, the main questions are always the same, even when the answers are numerous. The best place to start with your mission isn’t activity but listening. Listen to the people you are sent to and reflect on how their lives might intersect the gospel and community.
You don’t have to read the papers, watch the news, or scroll through social media to know this pervasive truth: the world is not as it should be. Society is not right. Culture is corrupt. Institutions are failing. The market is not moral. Humans, in our sin, are destroying the earth as fast as we can, only to be outdone by the destroying of one-another.
In Ephesians 2:1-10, Paul describes grace. The human heart can hardly conceive of a world where grace is the highest truth. Where God’s mercy triumphs over death. Where God’s love outlasts our sin. But Paul says it does. In fact, Paul says in this passage that God’s grace shown to us is immeasurable.
Missional communities exist to grow in love for God.Missional communities are groups of people that learn to follow Jesus. These communities consist of disciples, meaning people are being renewed by the gospel through abiding in Christ. Missional communities are environments to pursue knowing God and the power of his resurrection with others and for others.
In Ephesians 1:15-23, Paul continues his exhortation and blessing to the people of the church in Ephesus. But now, he’s talking about why he prays and how he prays for this church. Hint: it’s in light of power of Christ. The fact that Jesus was raised to life and seated at the right hand of God, is his motivation for everything. This is also one of those passages where you find the greek word, soma, or body.
This Saturday we’re hosting a training on living intentionally to introduce the people around us to the person of Jesus. This is a crucial component of what the Church is all about. Most Christians have nagging thoughts that they “should tell people about Jesus” but they don’t know where to start.
The opening lines of Ephesians bring us into a pre-existing relationship between the Apostle Paul and the church he helped start. Furthermore, it begins with a poem about the glory and majesty of God the Father and his remarkable work in Jesus. Later in this letter Paul describes this grace as a mystery for himself but also for every believer. And it is just that. It’s a profound and beautiful mystery of God’s incredible grace to bless us and adopt us into his family.