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The Missional Church – Part 3: Living Missional Principles

Jeremiah 29:4-7; Matthew 5:14

Missional Living Homework:

  • As you examined your budget, what stood out? Did you discover any space for deepening your participation in mission?
  • Was there anything you decided to sell (no need to disclose what it is) and pass along the proceeds?
  • What did you learn about yourself? What lifestyle changes have you settled on or are pondering for your missional future?

Seeking the Best for My City

When we make conscious and committed decisions to seek the best for our neighborhoods and cities, life flourishes not only for us but also for those whose lives we touch.

General Rules of Social Interaction

  1. If you see someone at your favorite place a few times, you have permission to give them the “nod” of recognition (or subtle wave)
  2. If you’ve recognized their presence a couple times, it’s socially okay to say “hello.”
  3. Once you’ve said hello to someone once or twice, it is okay to make comments like “hey, it sure is nice today” or “is that book you’re reading interesting?”
  4. After you’ve broken the ice, you can introduce yourself.
  5. Once you’re on a first-name basis you have social permission to have normal conversations with them, and things develop from there


  • Up to the present, how seriously have you considered your street and neighborhood to be your mission field?

Missional Living Homework:

  • Each day this week, take some time to read the local newspaper and watch the evening news. Follow up by praying for the welfare of your city in light of what you know, asking God to bring his kingdom to bear upon those situations as well as the ones you don’t know about.
  • Each day this week, pray for the people who live on your street. Specifically pray for them by name (if you know their names). Pray for their physical and spiritual well-being, as well as any trying situation they are facing that you are aware of.

Participating in the missio Dei

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

week 3

John 3:16, 5:24, 14:26, 17:18, 20:21

Missional Living Homework:

  • What did you do (plan to do) to encourage proximity in your neighborhood?
  • What did you do (plan to do) to encourage presence in your neighborhood?

Three Movements in the missio Dei

God the Father ->

God the Father & the Son ->

God the Father, Son, & the Spirit ->

It’s about Priority

It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world, but that God has a church for his mission in the world.

Mission or Missions

John 20:21 As the Father has sent me, So I am sending you.

The Four Ds







  • What thoughts do you have as you reflect on the quote: “It is not so much that God has a mission for his church in the world, but that God has a church for his mission in the world”?
  • In what ways are the Four Ds helpful?

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?