Monica and I are part of a small group that just finished working our way through The Tangible Kingdom Primer by Hugh Halter and Matt Smay – a very thought-provoking and challenging book written to help communities take mission seriously. These three quotes capture a lot of what we discussed…
Throughout the scriptures, we see God calling his followers to live a life of “sentness.” Stability, social comfort, relational control, safety, success, respect, or clarity were not expected. People had to go purely out of obedience, a personal sense of calling, in faith, and simply because they loved God. Outcome didn’t matter; faithfulness did. (p. 7)
Where is God already at work
— in your neighborhood?
— In your city?
— — Where in your life do you
— — interact with [these] people? (p. 63)
You are always in “discipleship mode.” As people watch your life and actions, you are either discipling them toward a life of trusting God or toward a life of trusting in self. (p. 127)