After establishing that the Gospel is central we can now see how it effects the whole of our life and our mission as a church ministry and as an individual follower of Christ.
Holistic in Christian living:
Holistic in Christian living:
- Holistic christian living simply means to take into account that Gods word and the effect of the gospel should be impacting every area of our life. It is a way of being and not merely a technique. Christ transforms every part of us, our heart, mind and body. We then offer our whole selves up to God in order to be used by him to advance the gospel and give Glory to God.
- The power of Holy Spirit enables us to grow in our knowledge of God, our being Christlike, and to do his work in the world.
- The church must seek to help their people know God more, be like Christ and do outreach. When those three areas are addressed they are equipping their church to be salt and light in the community, city and the world.
- "Love for God and neighbor, a commitment to reaching out beyond the walls of the church, spiritual and relational vitality within the congregation, a visionary leadership team, mission-centered organizational practices, and ministry partnerships - these pieces are all vital to a church that wants to fulfill its biblical mission of loving it community in wholeness." ( “Churches that make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works.” – R. Sider, P. Olson & H. Unruh)
- When holistic ministry is done right it will result in a “church that practices both evangelism and social ministry; balances nurture and outreach; knows and loves its community; clearly communicates its theology and specific vision for holistic mission; integrates the holistic vision into the internal life of the church; builds its ministry on the base of spiritual maturity and healthy, loving relationships; and calls and equips its members to action.” ("Churches that make a difference.")
Being missional is closely related to being holistic. Not only should we seek to make Christ preeminent in the totality of our life we also live life on a mission. We live intentionally in light of Gods command to go out and make disciples. Just as Jesus Christ was sent on a mission, so too are his people and his church. We are sent on a mission to be salt and light to the world around us, no matter our vocation, age gender or place of living.
A simple yet powerful video of Christ followers who understand the mission to live out their faith in word and deed in the daily business of living.
Here is a very simple video put together by Bethel Church that takes the missional concept and applies to the church as a whole. *
The above video describes how a church, as the physical institution, builds up its flock to go out and be salt and light.
COG youth ministries seeks to do the same thing. We need to disciple and teach our participants so they grow in their knowledge, love and faith of the Gospel. It is then the Gospel being applied in our lives that we seek to be a light wherever we are called, be that at work, school, in our homes or serving others.
Discussion Focused yet with Application
"What is the Mission of the Church? Making Sense of Social Justice, Shalom, and the Great Commission." by Kevin DeYoung & Greg Gilbert
“A Light to the Nations: The Missional Church and the Biblical Story” by Michael Goheen
"Christian Mission in the Modern World." by John Stott
"The Gospel Commission: Recovering God's Strategy for Making Disciples." by Michael Horton
"Transforming Mission: Paradigm Shifts in Theology of Mission" by David Bosch
"Churches that Make a Difference: Reaching Your Community with Good News and Good Works" by R. Sider, P. Olson & Heidi Unruh
"Deep Justice in a Broken World: Helping Your Kids Serve Others & Right the Wrongs Around Them." by Chap Clark & Kara Powell
"When Helping Hurts: How to Alleviate Poverty Without Hurting the Poor & Yourself." by Steve Corbett & Brian Fikkert