What Will Keep Our Church Off Mission

We desire to be more than a mission-minded church; we want to be a mission-guided...
April 24, 2023

We desire to be more than a mission-minded church; we want to be a mission-guided church. If we are not careful, we will miss opportunities for missional endeavors because of dangerous distractions.

Revelation 3:1-6

#1. Inward Focus

  • If we obsess about meeting the spiritual amenities of the saved, we will never prioritize the evangelism of the lost.
  • “We’ve strayed from being fishers of men to being keepers of the aquarium.” –Paul Harvey

#2. Local Neglect

  • We cannot be so fixated on reaching other nations that we overlook our own.
  • The community around us should be dramatically different because we are here.

#3. Global Indifference

  • We are unfaithful to the Great Commission if we stay within our borders.
  • A staggering number of people have never even heard the name by which they can be saved, and we cannot rest until they do.

#4. Shortened On-Ramps

  • We cannot use trips as Christian sightseeing for the unprepared and the unevangelistic.
  • Creating clear and reasonable on-ramps to gradually challenging missional opportunities is necessary.

#5. Disunified Strategy

  • If our success is gauged by how many pins we can put on the world map of our church’s travel, we might miss the necessary commitment to see change.
  • The goal should be to send people into challenging areas until a church is planted, and then we go toward new barren places.

#6. Neglected Connections

  • We must exhibit relentless and thorough support for those we send out.
  • The more intentional we can get with who we send and where we send them, the greater the missionary pathway can become.

#7. Dangerous Elitism

  • The Great Commission was not reserved for an elite few with seminary degrees and vocational experience.
  • We must prioritize making disciples who take personal responsibility for Kingdom activity.