Becoming a Mission Minded Disciple

by Lee Buford on July 18, 2010

What is the mission of God? How does His mission impact me? What is my role?

I’ve been praying and thinking on these questions, specifically in regards to my role and how God might use me in carrying out His mission. Pastor Matt Rogers taught on this very subject a couple of weeks at Renewal, and his message really resonated with me for several reasons. I wanted to share a few key take-aways from the sermon, as well as some practical suggestions he presented for those of us looking to be more “missionary” in our walk with Christ:

Five observations on God’s mission:

  1. God is faithful to His mission…there is no “if.”
  2. God gathers a people for His mission…there is no “how?”.
  3. God’s mission has no borders…there is no “who?”.
  4. God’s mission is necessarily counter-cultural…there is no “what about?”.
  5. God’s mission must become my mission…there is no “why?”.

Practical suggestions to be “missional” on a daily basis

  • Pray for an unreached people group.
  • Find ways to put the nations before your family, displaying the importance to them.
  • Adopt a missionary (to support, etc.).
  • See your current life stage and living situation as missionary.
  • Prayer walk your neighborhood.
  • Practice hospitality.
  • Spearhead an outing to meet your neighbors.
  • Look for opportunities to meet felt needs.
  • Give – find ways to live on less so that you can give more.
  • Celebrate the work of missions and missionaries.
  • Make decisions in light of missions (retirement, job, housing, etc.).
  • Multiply a disciple.

As Christians we are all called to play a role in God’s mission. In most cases we all have many more genuine opportunities to be missional-minded than we acknowledge or act upon. I pray these thoughts from Matt’s sermon would be an encouragement to you to seek out such opportunities and be more intentional about God’s mission on a daily basis.

 47 For so the Lord has commanded us, saying,
“‘I have made you a light for the Gentiles,
that you may bring salvation to the ends of the earth.’”
  – Acts 13:47 – ESV


How can you be more intentional about your role in God’s mission today?

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