Forming Missional Communities

It is one thing to grasp and get excited about a vision for missional communities and a completely different thing to go about forming missional communities. The vision for gospel-centered communities on mission is compelling, exciting, and stirs us within towards embodying scriptural truth. I find it hard not to be attracted to pursuing this …

Missional Community Crossroad Moments

I intended to go deeper into the Missional Community life cycle this week, but I realized that my posts from Tuesday & Wednesday assumed progress in knowing God, loving one another and loving the world. But what happens when a missional community starts to face the reality that they are struggling in those areas? The …

Life Cycle of Missional Communities in New Areas

Yesterday, I wrote about the typical life cycle of a missional community within an area where there is an existing gospel presence from the church. The typical group goes through stages of formation, fun, messiness, mission, and multiplication, but if the church is called to extend the gospel of Jesus Christ to areas of their …

The Life Cycle of a Missional Community

At the beginning of each new season of Community Groups at Apostles Church, we gather together as leaders to re-focus on the gospel and our core values while also highlighting important points of emphasis for the season. Back in January we gathered for 3 hours, had amazing conversation, shared a meal and communion with one …

Gospel Enjoyment: You will die for what you love

"I love that so much I would die for it!" We've all said this or something similar, usually in reference to an object or possession we wish we could purchase. It's not used literally, but it reveals that we can value and love something so much that we would sacrifice for it. And the truth …

Gospel Enjoyment: You Live for what you Love

How do you order your life? How do you spend your time, money, and emotions? You only live for what you love. Some of us may not think this is true, we could look at our jobs and describe our frustrations, but there are reasons you stay at your job. It could be to support …

The Source of Gospel Enjoyment

Gospel enjoyment is centering on and celebrating the finished work of Jesus Christ in His life, death and resurrection. Gospel enjoyment recognizes that you only live for what you love, so for the Christian or anyone else for that matter, we must evaluate if we love what is most lovely. The good news of Jesus …