“The Church ought to be a place where people can come home.” This is what I read and highlighted this summer in a book entitled “Missional Spirituality”. The book focuses on a way of viewing spiritual growth when people see themselves on a mission with God rather than just as consumers of Christianity. This past month, we decided to have a sermon series focused on this topic as we thought of ways that God might be calling us home in our walk with him and with each other. Here’s a brief review of the series:
Part 2: Coming Home to Christian Community - “You are the body of Christ and every one of you is a part of it!” (1 Corinthians 12:27) The challenge here is for us to act like the body of Christ and actually seek growth in sharing more parts of our lives with each other during the week. Its great that Christians gather to worship on Sundays, but we also need to share our lives over meals, events, our homes and just quality time with each other in order to let God speak to all of us as a community.
Part 3: Coming Home to our Vulnerability - We believe that Spiritual growth really happens when we decide to be vulnerable with a few others who love Christ. We will never fully feel great about this, but the reward of spiritual growth, forgiveness, assurance and encouragement is SO worth it. We were challenged to choose a few Christians who we could be vulnerable with for the sake of acceptance of who we are and also for transformation in areas that we need to seek God’s healing.
Part 4: Coming Home to our Mission - We are not fully home in our walk with God, until we realize that we have been sent on mission to our world. It’s easy to focus on feeling safe and comfortable with God and forget about the challenge and the call he gave us in the Great Commission (Matthew 28:18-20) to “Go” into our world and preach the Gospel. Jesus said, “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you!” (John 20:21) Our mission on earth is to live as the “sent” children of God who get to join our heavenly Father in his hobby of restoring lives and redeeming the earth.
My prayer is that this Fall, you and I would refuse to be religious spectators in the Christian sub-culture of America, but actually people who seek to keep “Coming Home” to a living relationship, Community, Vulnerability and Mission with the God of the Universe who has been revealed in Jesus Christ the Redeemer of all things. God is working among us all! I feel it! Let’s continue to let his Spirit call us to where we belong as his Children.