What is a Missional Church? Part 2:Feast

24 November, 2015 § Leave a comment

Welcome to part 2 of What is a Missional Church. You’ve joined us in the middle of a series. If you want to catch up check out Part 1: Foundation.

Generally when people hear about missional communities their brains explode trying to figure out how they can add it to their mosaic of religious practices. It is enormously frustrating for believers who are under the illusion that they are already massively involved in church programs to hear that it is not enough. This is where the Pharisees of Jesus’ time found themselves; busy doing everything but obeying God in all of life. A missional community is a family of servant missionaries on mission in all of life to see the knowledge of God’s glory cover the earth as the waters cover the sea. This brings us to Feast.

If I were to tell you that communion is supposed to be a feast you might pressure wash my face with the coffee from your red star bucks cup. For me growing up, I had heard of “love feasts” and only ever been in one church who practiced this, but the communion part was as it is in any church; a cracker and a shot of grape juice. I won’t go into the gruesome details of the symbolism of the stage in the passover supper that Jesus enacts communion because that is another long article for another day, but the bottom line is that when God in the flesh desired to put into place an event specifically designed to remind us that His death made it possible to have union with God and man, he fulfilled the feast of passover which foretold of this event and revealed what passover looks like for the AD believer. Theologians and church secretaries have struggled with the “As often as you do this…” clause of Jesus’ command for thousands of years, even going as far as carrying the elements to the sick and in prison whenever it was that they decided “as often as you eat/drink” meant.

I believe that we have been asking the wrong questions about communion. We ask, “How often,” when the question ought to be, “When should we not claim to be one with Jesus?” When the Apostle Paul deals with communion He never admonishes the Church for taking it too often, (Hint: it was daily back then. See Acts 2:46). No, Paul warns against unbelievers and those who intentionally hold bitterness in their hearts towards a brother or sister; in other words, those who are not one with God and man. (See 1 John for more teaching about oneness with God and man). We also ask the question “How much,” which I believe to be irrelevant as well. We acknowledge Paul’s admonishment to the church for the manner in which they took it which was heaping curses upon themselves, not because of overdoing it, but because they thought that communion should be more of an experience, so they made it a private affair inviting only those who they considered influential in the church to their private communion parties and would drink to the point of drunkenness and think that they were experiencing some sort of Holy Spirit high. We tend to focus on the part where they neglected the poor and stuff their faces and ironically have decided that the problem was how much bread and wine they were partaking in not that they decided that some are more deserving to be one with Christ than others who appeared to suck off the church. What we believe about God ought to influence what communion looks like. If we really believe that our God is a generous God who gives good gifts to his kids then why do we remember him in as austere a fashion as possible? Our celebrations ought to make harikrishna’s look like a bunch of kids shaking maracas and babbling nonsense. By examining our hearts to see if we are one with God and man and by examining what we believe about how generous God is we will come to the point where we celebrate with generosity which will overflow into our everyday lives.


One Note | Educator, Educate Thyself

2 June, 2013 § Leave a comment

For I resolved to know nothing while I was with you except Jesus Christ and Him crucified. 1 Corinthians 2:2

I love words. Words can mean so many different things in a host of variations, but also mean one very specific thing when in a specific order. This verse from scripture is one of my favorites because I see it so totally passed over so much. Consider–Jesus is God and Man but for his mission here on earth he gave up, or as some would put it, ignored his Godly abilities to be our perfect example in life and in His death. This is exactly what Paul has done here. Paul did not in any way know nothing about the law and the prophets and about life in general. In fact, he was basically a doctor in the law, but he says, I resolved to know NOTHING, but Jesus Christ crucified. I believe that we have lost that singular focus in our churches today in the fact that we require a master’s degree at the least to be a pastor. This isn’t normally a passage preached in the context of pastoral expectations, but maybe it should be. Maybe we should care more about the gospel than about the letters at the end of a man’s name–maybe.

Sin | Image Series Part 3

30 March, 2012 § 2 Comments

Let’s face it, sin isn’t a very popular topic to cover. However, when considering that great image in which we have been created it is needful for us to also consider the great trouble that we are in that places us in the paradox of being created in a perfect image, yet also being fallen.
At the heart of all sin is the vain ambition of angels (Isaiah 14:12-14) and men (Ezekiel 28:1-10) to be God and to think, speak, and act accordingly. They say that to be mimicked is the highest form of flattery. Well, God didn’t see it that way. He deemed it rebellion and condemned those who rebelled to eternal death–both those angels who rebelled with Satan and the race of man–represented by and communed through Adam.   In Paradise Lost John Milton deems Adam’s fall to be fortunate because of the grace given to man to become right with God (John 1:12) as opposed to Lucifer and his angel’s fall which is void of that grace. This is the overarching predicament we find ourselves faced with when we consider the image that we have been created in. Thus, we are created in the image of God yet marred by sin–both in nature through Adam and by our own volition.
1And you were dead in your trespasses and sins, 2in which you formerly walked according to the course of this world, according to the prince of the power of the air, of the spirit that is now working in the sons of disobedience. 3Among them we too all formerly lived in the lusts of our flesh, indulging the desires of the flesh and of the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, even as the rest. 4But God, being rich in mercy, because of His great love with which He loved us, 5even when we were dead in our transgressions, made us alive together with Christ (by grace you have been saved), 6and raised us up with Him, and seated us with Him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, 7so that in the ages to come He might show the surpassing riches of His grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.8For by grace you have been saved through faith; and that not of yourselves, it is the gift of God; 9not as a result of works, so that no one may boast. 10For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.” Ephesians 2:1-10
 We do not have to live lives dominated by sin. Jesus Christ died for our sins and rose from the dead declaring His deity so that we might accept Him as our substitute and essentially communicate to Him that we believe that He is God and we are not.  Placing your life under the control of the true and living God would be the most important thing you will ever do. What must you do to be saved? Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, that He died for your sins and rose from the dead according to the scriptures and you will be saved.
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