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You can’t get around it…Discipleship leads to Mission

August 15, 2011

I feel like one of the key phrases of my understanding of my own life and the life of Jesus is this: Discipleship leads to mission.

The two things are synonymous. If you make disciples well, like Jesus did, you will get the missional thing. If you’ve been traveling with me on this blog for a while, you’re probably sick to death of hearing it. But I feel I must continually return to it, you know? In the past thirty years we’ve seen pastors come out of the church growth movement who have forsaken discipleship for the purpose of mission. “We don’t want to be inwardly focused, we want to be outwardly focused.” The problem is that Jesus gave us a model for how to do missional and he outwardly focused thing: Make disciples. If we make disciples, we will shape and form people who did all of the things that Jesus did who was, by nature, a missionary sent by his Father. So if we are to be like Jesus, every single one of us must be missionaries. The problem is we aren’t too stellar at shaping people who look like Jesus and can do what Jesus could do.

Now we didn’t write or produce this video…but I feel like we should have! It so beautifully illustrates what we’re going after at 3DM and the various movements that have spawned out of it. Enjoy.

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6 Comments leave one →
  1. August 15, 2011 10:26 pm

    Yeah, that’s a good one.

  2. August 18, 2011 2:23 am

    Thanks for the share! I love the video, especially the catapulting mechanism. When will you be developing that one? 🙂 Seriously, thanks for the challenge. The power of oikos and the missional networks the form from it has been on my mind a lot lately. With this new perspective which you guys have brilliantly shed light on for me, the New Testament so much more rich and alive. Thanks again!

  3. August 18, 2011 10:28 am

    Your blog is a tremendous resource. Many thanks David

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