As we continue in this series to articulate what children’s ministry looks like in a missional paradigm, we’ve looked at what “missional” means here, here and here.
Now, I wanted to take a look at some guiding scriptures to build a statement around. Here are some that speak to what it I think it means to be Spirit-empowered missional community:
“…your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.” Matthew 6:10 (NIV)
“‘Hear, O Israel, the Lord our God, the Lord is one. Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourelef.’ There is no commandment greater than these.” Mark 12:29-31 (NIV)
“Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing 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.” Matthew 28:19-20 (NIV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8 (NIV)
“They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe, and many wonders and miraculous signs were done by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. Selling their possessions and goods, they gave to anyone as he had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.” Acts 2:42-27 (NIV)
What do you think? Would you suggest different verses? Would you add any?