Your Mission Is Simple...

Your Mission Is Simple...

Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community by Brett McCracken

Together Empty Church is embracing the uncomfortable. Join us as we dig into Brett McCracken's new book Uncomfortable: The Awkward and Essential Challenge of Christian Community and uncover all the parts that make us uneasy about our faith, uneasy about being friends, and uneasy about building a church that realizes that comfort is not the goal of Christiantiy.

Being missional makes me think of “outreaches" that I’m tired of and missionaries. Not a lot of in-between. It’s telling students to tell their friends at school about Jesus yet not doing it in the workplace because it’s not appropriate. 

I guess what I am trying to say is that I am confused about what real 'missions' is. To me, without the fear of death, America is much like other counties where it’s not socially acceptable REALLY talk about Jesus. Many missionaries gain the right to speak about Jesus through friendship and trust. 

I don’t mean for that to be sluggish or even lazy. 

We just don’t come out and yell at people about how they are going to go to hell. 

I have to admit, sometimes the seriousness of hell is lost on me, its lost on most of us I think. So I can see why someone would tell everyone to repent as not to go to hell. I really do. 

I guess what I grew tired of was what felt like tricking people into hearing about a specific church so that they could get popcorn, face-painting, or some other gimmick. Do we not believe that we are offering the ultimate value in knowing their creator? In spending eternity with the creator. I guess there is a fine line between doing something only to get someone to listen to you and doing something because God has sent you. I want to be sent. I want the things that open up conversations to be done out of an obedient heart rather than trying to guilt someone into listening because they took some free pizza.

If man's chief end is to glorify God and to enjoy him forever [1], why do we act like it is anything else? Why do we want to offer a Christianity that is anything else?

I guess what I am saying is that it seems to me that the way we fulfill the mission is through obedience to God. God has to take care of the rest.

I guess that if someone feels that being obedient is through outreaches then that's an uncomfortableness that I need to accept, especially when it is a personal thing and not a godly objection.

Your mission is simple if you choose to accept it: Obey God in what He is asking of you.

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To my pastor and missionary friends: A message from Sean

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