Go and make disciples of all nations, baptising them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age. Matt. 28:19–20
Many of us find it hard to talk about mission; we want people to know God's love but we don't know how to share it with them. So how can we live as witnesses of Jesus Christ in our everyday lives?
Mission Shaped Living brings together some spiritual practices and principles that other ordinary Christians have found helpful, and gives you some steps to follow as you go on a journey of exploring how you can be the witness Jesus has called you to be for Him. It's designed to equip us to live out our faith in Jesus in such a way that we lead others to follow Him, just as Jesus said in His last words to His disciples (in Matt. 28 above). The focus of the course is on us being prayerful, joy-filled, thankful people who live our lives on-mission with Jesus, knowing that He promised to give us His Holy Spirit to enable us to be His witnesses (Acts 1:8). We believe that if others are to come to trust in Jesus it will come through the ordinary everyday witness of Christians in families, work places, gyms, coffee shops, schools, etc.—that’s us.
People are looking for authenticity and church leaders are looking for resources that encourage a life-long and deep discipleship that results in effective mission with authenticity.
The accompanying Participants Guide includes additional pages for journalling.
Mission Shaped Living is a major New Wine Resource being recommended and introduced into 1500 network churches, will be a key feature at the Virtual New Wine Festival at the end of July. Perfect for those people who want people to know more about Jesus but find communicating this hard sometimes. Mission Shaped Living is a Lifestyle that will naturally help people live lives of witness for Christ.
All eight sessions comprise of the same Up, In and Out Structure. Our outward mission flows from God’s love in us and our shared love for one another.
The entire structure of the course is based around the sending of the 72 in Luke 10: Here is a brief summary of how each session title relates to this passage: Confidence (vv. 2 - 3) Courage (vv. 2 - 3) Compassion (vv. 8 - 9) Connecting (vv. 5 - 6) Continuing (v. 7) Conversion (v. 9)