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“And no longer shall each one teach his neighbor and each his brother, saying, ‘Know the Lord,’ for they shall all know me, from the least of them to the greatest, declares the Lord. For I will forgive their iniquity, and I will remember their sin no more.” – Jeremiah 31:34
I can’t wait for heaven! The day we don’t have to worry about who gets in and who doesn’t will be a huge burden off my shoulders, just to be honest. But the fact remains that 2,000 years ago we were given the greatest gift the world has ever seen. The ability to know the God of gods and the King of kings is ours, but yet hundreds of people cycle through the revolving doors of the church only to go back into the world unprepared and under equipped.
With Antioch School it is part of the practicum to not only participate in what are called “missional communities”, but as Antioch students, we are each required to actually lead one. As defined by Wikipedia practicum is a college course, often in a specialized field of study, that is designed to give students supervised practical application of a previously or concurrently studied theory. So in context of the Antioch program that means that under the supervision of the pastor, we are to utilize the nuggets of truth on living missionally toward the gospel that we learn in the program by engaging our community through a missional community. These missional communities can look like ministries of the church or outreach avenues. Basically anything which at the heart of it is intended to communicate the gospel to the community via engaging them in some sort of culturally relevant activity. The missional community that I’m in charge of is the GPS Church Food Bank which was a ministry of the church handed down to me from the pastor. Pastor Mike and I would go and deliver food to people in the Spanaway, Washington area every other week or so. The Food Bank now meets as a Community Day the first Saturday of every month, for now. This last Saturday, March the 5th 2011, marked the second monthly Community Day where a team of us provide food to the public along with some other pertinent needs. Read the rest of this entry
So I’m already two courses into the program. This of course is not before I’ve started in the Antioch School, and I already have tons of material to post. But for sake of not overwhelming this site before it really gets off the ground I will slowly work my way into posting what I’ve got so far. I will start with the Acts course. It has been a very eye-opening course that has taught me much of the role the church should play, not only in a given community but in the world at large. I’ve now gained a heart for missions through taking this course. I’ve always had the perception that if we Christians would actually live out our faith and function as the body of Christ should be – effectively ministering to its own back yard – that missions would be obsolete and irrelevant. I have learned from studying the book of Acts in this course, and what the Great Commission really was, that we are supposed to emulate what Paul the Apostle did. Which was plant churches. It is the purpose of the church to continually reproduce churches on a consistent basis. If we aren’t doing that then we are not functioning the way the church was designed to. A lack of planting churches can be an indication of either a stagnate faith in a stagnate congregation, or a lack of vision and quality leadership. The book of Acts is very clear to say that if we aren’t pursuing people to the ends of the earth that we are not fulfilling the Great Commission. The method is a vital living church. The function is church planting. Church planting should be our purpose in missions locally or abroad. If we go and minister to a group of people in some foreign land/community but never plug them into a church we have done nothing for those people. It would be similar to giving birth to a child and abandoning them as soon as they could walk. It’s cruel and heartless to introduce someone to Jesus without equipping them to go and do the same. That is what the church is for. Since any given person would struggle with this on their own, since we all struggle with walking with Jesus, the church is here to lead us all and walk with us. It is the hands and feet of Jesus. So if we involve ourselves with missions in any shape or form (local or abroad) it is our duty to do so with the intent of either planting a church to plug those we minister to into, or to work alongside a church that we can plug them into.