What is "Mission from the Gospels?"
"Mission from the Gospels" will be the foundation upon which we build our interaction for a Missional Learning Journey. You and your team will be challenged to read the Gospels again, (or perhaps for the first time); this time through a "missional lens."
HOW DO YOU READ THE GOSPELS?
¨ Some of us don’t read them at all— we just wait for the movie!
¨ Some of us read them for the holidays, Christmas and Easter—but don’t know what to do with the rest of the material in between!
¨ Others use them as evangelism tracts—useful to tell others about sinfulness, the perfection of Jesus, and how he died so that we might have eternal life!
¨ Perhaps you read them as interesting accounts of the historical figure, Jesus of Nazareth — telling us who Jesus was, some of what he taught and did during his short life!
¨ Still others read them as spiritual self-help guides — hoping the teachings of Jesus, when applied, might just hold the key to successful living and self-improvement!
What if the gospels were written primarily as instructional manuals for the early church? What if each gospel was written in an interesting story-telling form to teach the early church, not only who Jesus was and what he did, but also what the church is and what it is called to do? In other words…
What if the gospels, Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John, each set about to teach early Christians, what it means to be the church on mission with God? If that were the case, we also might learn what it means to be on mission with God in our own communities and beyond!