J.R. and I owe a ton of our ecclesiological instincts and convictions to our guest Michael Frost. Both of us recall reading his book “The Shaping of Things to Come” and having our hearts and minds open to what it means to be on mission with Christ in a post-Christendom world. This episode is like a modern-day epistle that is pastoral, encouraging, equipping, and challenging. Although this doesn’t feel like your normal MMP we know this is one that many will come back to in the months and years to come. We hope you are encouraged by this conversation.
1. Book: The Shaping of Things to Come
2. Book: Surprise the World: The Five Habits of Highly Missional People.
This where we the acronym BELLS resides.
a. Bless people
b. Eat together
3. Preaching: Bible Teaching can happen at the table not just the pulpit
4. 5 cultural trends killing the church’s mission
1. How might you cultivate your sanctified imagination?
2. What story of hope do you need to tell yourself?
3. Where is the Lord asking you to dream or rethink ministry in this season?
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