Speaker: Dr. Marnie Crumpler
Date: January 8, 2017
Text: Living Large: Following Jesus Into the World
You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.
God is at work in the world. In theological language we call God's work, his "mission"--the thing that he is accomplishing in the world. His mission is redeeming a people (Christians) for himself and using them to restore this broken world. God's mission is our mission too. We partner with God in fulfilling his purposes in the world, especially in the 95% of our lives that is spent beyond the walls of the church building.
1. Marnie alluded to John 10:10b, "I [Jesus] came that they [his people] may have life and have it abundantly." What is this abundant life Jesus is referring to? Is he referring to a fun life? A life marked by material abundance? Is this abundance (or fullness) simply spiritual in nature? What do you think?
2. Consider the words of Jesus when he appeared to his disciples after his resurrection, "As the Father has sent me, even so am I sending you" (John 20:21). As noted above, God has a mission in the world and the church is the agent of that mission. Do you consider yourself to be "sent"? What do you think it means to be "sent"? You might read Matthew 28:18-20 and Luke 24:44-53 for assistance.
Each of us is in a unique partnership with God in terms of accomplishing his mission. Reflect on your week-the places you'll go, the people you'll interact with. Ask God to impress upon you some of the ways in which you can be a missionary right where you are.
3. Marnie referred to two ways of envisioning the church. If we think of the church as a cruise ship, we look at it to provide us with entertainment and activities. If we think of it as an aircraft carrier then we consider it a place to be fueled before entering into a mission. Which vision of the church do you favor most of the time?
4. God cares about 100% of our lives. In truth, we spend about 95% of our lives outside the walls of the church building. What does that tell you about your 95%?
5. Each of us is in a unique partnership with God in terms of accomplishing his mission. Reflect on your week-the places you'll go, the people you'll interact with. Ask God to impress upon you some of the ways in which you can be a missionary right where you are.