Tag Archives: Evangelism

Engaging Third Places

The Missional Church – Part 3: Living Missional Principles

Luke 10:1-12


Isolation is a word that describes the kind of lives many people are living today. More and more people are spending less and less time with others.


Third places

Third places are represented by public places of common ground where people enjoy the company of others.


  1. What examples of increased isolation do you see or have you experienced in the lives of people? Are things really that different from 10 or 20 years ago?
  2. What might be examples of third places in our community?


Ray Oldenburg’s 1989 book:

The Great Good Place: Cafes, Coffee Shops, Community Centers, Beauty Parlors, General Stores, Bars, Hangouts, and How They Get You Through The Day

(find Ray Oldenburg’s books at the Hennepin County Library here)

8 Characteristics 3rd Places Share:

  • Neutral Ground
  • Act as a Leveler
  • Conversation Is the Main Activity
  • Accessible and Accommodating
  • There are Regulars
  • Low Profile
  • Mood is Playful
  • A Home Away from Home



“Typical” Third Places

coffee houses, cafes, pubs, etc.


“Atypical” Third Places?

Missional Living Homework:

  1. This week discover at least 3 “typical” third places in your community and three “atypical” third places. What would you have to do for each third place to become a daily or weekly rhythm in your life?
  2. Pick at least one third place to enter into and spend at least 1 hour observing. Take note of conversations. What do you notice about the people? What is the vibe of the place? How does this third place bring life and vitality to the community? Where do you hear God at work in the conversation? How might you join him?

Our Whole Lives

The Missional Church – Part 2: Principles of Missional Living

Deuteronomy 6:1-9; Mark 12:29-31; Romans 12:1-2

Missional Living Homework:

  • Where do I see God at work? Where and how do I see God working in the lives of those around me? Where and how is God working in my neighborhood? What about my place of vocation?
  • In light of my gifts and resources, how does God want me to partner in what he’s doing?

Different Worlds

The Shema

Polytheism -> Monotheism

Monotheism -> Polytheism

Lord Over All

Secular – “non-sacred” “apart from God”


No such thing in the missional church

No such thing as a “kingsdom”

There is a real tendency to think of the spiritual life as a life that will begin when we have certain feelings, think certain thoughts, or gain certain insights. The problem, however, is not how to make the spiritual life happen, but to see where it actually is happening. We work on the premise that God acts in the world and in the lives of individuals and communities. God is doing something right now. The chipping away and sculpting is taking place whether we are aware of it or not. Our task is to recognize that, indeed, it is God who is acting, and we are involved already in the spiritual life.

Romans 12:1-2 (The Message)

12 1-2 So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.


  • In what ways have you viewed the world from the perspective of a secular / sacred divide?
  • How might Romans 12:1-2 affect the way you approach your daily life?

Missional Living Homework:

  • Take some time to meditate on the Shema, asking the Lord how you can most faithfully love God and neighbor.
  • Based on Romans 12:1-2, what “sacrifice” of worship will you offer up to God this week?


God’s Sending Nature

The Missional Church – Part 1: The Missional Nature of God

Isaiah 6:1-8; Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19

God is a sending God

God’s sending starts in Genesis 12 and continues to Revelation 22 (the final chapter of the Bible)

The Father sent the Son

The Father & Son send the Holy Spirit

Jesus sends the church into the world as his witnesses.


Missio Dei

Missio Dei = “mission of God” or “sending of God”

Motive: Love of God for all creation

Goal: the Kingdom (reign of God over his people)

Whom does God send?



  • What thoughts do you have about the missionary nature of God?
  • How has God called and sent you as a missionary to participate in his mission? Do you sense a “sending” call to participate in any of the activities mentioned in Isaiah 61?

Missional Living Homework:

  1. Identify at least two people groups or geographical locations in your city or neighborhood to which God is looking to “send” someone.
  2. List areas in your life that may need to change for you to be able to say, “Here am I. Send me!” What is the first step you will take to overcome each hindrance?

If I Tell You, You Won’t Believe Me

Luke 22:66-71, 23:1-25

Jesus is surprisingly silent

He could have said more

Why didn’t he try to convince them of who he was?

Luke 22:67

“If I tell you, you won’t believe me”

Using words alone doesn’t work

If it didn’t work for Jesus to convince people he was God – what chance do I have?

Image: Conversion Process

  • The Prayers of the 72
  • The Spiritual Battle
  • The Hand of God
  • Friendships
  • Kingdom Experiences
  • The Story of Jesus

There is Hope

Luke 23:47

Possible with God

Luke 19:1-10

“What is impossible with men is possible with God” – Luke 18:18-30


Chief Tax Collector

and he was rich

Jesus sees Zacchaeus

Zacchaeus’s response 

Salvation & Restitution 


Memory Verse:

The Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost. Luke 19:10



  1. Zacchaeus wanted to catch a glimpse of the Lord. What form did your curiosity about Christ take before you trusted in him?
  2. What do you think about Zacchaeus’s desire to make restitution?

Lost : Found :: Searching : Rejoicing

Luke 15:1-32

Three parables: The Lost Sheep, The Lost Coin, The Lost Son

Sermon audio has been edited to remove question and response time that was too quiet on the recording.






Response to the Pharisees and the Teachers of Religious Law