Why Missional Commu-nities?
Some people think that doing missional communities (more commonlyknown as house church, simple church, or organic church) is just amethodology and at best a passing fad. I want to publish here somefoundational apologetics for doing missional communities as a responseto Christ
s commands. These foundational reasons should properlyguide us to understand why we do what we do. And, if somewherealong our journey we ﬁnd a better way to obey Christ
s commands, thenlet
s dialogue so that together we can follow the path He has preparedbefore us.
We are commanded toLove One Another
This is the most important consideration in determining how we aresupposed to be church. The command to love one another must be ac-complished as we gather. If only a part of the church is able to fulﬁll thiscommand in the context of our gatherings, then we must analyze wherewe are going wrong. Paul taught that our gatherings should serve tobuild up the church. Our love for each other must serve to build up thechurch. Let us take a hard look at how the early church fulﬁlled thiscommand.
We must be a priesthoodof ALL believers
Peter wrote that we are a priesthood of ALL believers, not just somebelievers. The way we are church must be seen in how all of us, not justa privileged and trained few, are priests. If there is a select group ofpriests in the church, then we need to consider well how we can ALL bepriests.
We are ordered to teachJesus
In the Great Commission, Jesus ordered that we teach His commands.There is no distinction as to who He was talking to. All disciples arecommanded to teach. We need to look at church and see if indeedevery believer is given the opportunity to teach His commands. In addi-tion, are we really teaching Jesus
commands? Or are we teaching thecommands of our human leaders?
We are commanded toDisciple All Nations
In the Great Commission, Jesus commanded that we disciple all na-tions. When we do church the way the West does church, are we ableto effectively reach anti-Western nations and people groups? How arewe to disciple such nations without converting them to Western culture?
We are commanded toLove God by Loving OurNeighbor
How effective are we in loving our neighbor in the context of the modernchurch? Or are we trying to love God in more or less religious and ritual-istic ways rather than in the way insinuated by the Greatest Command-ments?
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