Will We Be Missional? (Hebrews 11:8-16)Pastor Joe Sanders, June 8, 2014
Part of the Standalone series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
When many people think about Christianity or defining Christianity, they think primarily in terms of its personal aspects, like conversion, relationship with God, and a personal heaven. What most of us in the West have lost is the fact that, while those things are true, they are submissive to God’s work in the church/Church and to God’s mission. Understanding what it means to be missional and on mission with God has gotten to be very difficult even as it has gained much popularity over the last decade. For the church in the West to survive, we must understand that we have been planted in a culture that is increasingly ignorant of Christianity and we must learn to relate to that culture in ways that are meaningful and engaging. Our world needs a missional church, not just an evangelical one. Will we be missional? Our answer likely dictates our survival and definitely dictates our effectiveness.
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8By faith Abraham, when he was called to go out into a place which he should after receive for an inheritance, obeyed; and he went out, not knowing whither he went. 9By faith he sojourned in the land of promise, as in a strange country, dwelling in tabernacles with Isaac and Jacob, the heirs with him of the same promise: 10For he looked for a city which hath foundations, whose builder and maker is God. 11Through faith also Sara herself received strength to conceive seed, and was delivered of a child when she was past age, because she judged him faithful who had promised. 12Therefore sprang there even of one, and him as good as dead, so many as the stars of the sky in multitude, and as the sand which is by the sea shore innumerable. 13These all died in faith, not having received the promises, but having seen them afar off, and were persuaded of them, and embraced them, and confessed that they were strangers and pilgrims on the earth. 14For they that say such things declare plainly that they seek a country. 15And truly, if they had been mindful of that country from whence they came out, they might have had opportunity to have returned. 16But now they desire a better country, that is, an heavenly: wherefore God is not ashamed to be called their God: for he hath prepared for them a city. (KJV)