A Missional Community

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The Tower of Babel

11:1 Now the whole earth had one language and the same words. 2 And as people migrated from the east, they found a plain in the land of Shinar and settled there. 3 And they said to one another, “Come, let us make bricks, and burn them thoroughly.” And they had brick for stone, and bitumen for mortar. 4 Then they said, “Come, let us build ourselves a city and a tower with its top in the heavens, and let us make a name for ourselves, lest we be dispersed over the face of the whole earth.” 5And the LORD came down to see the city and the tower, which the children of men builded. 6And the LORD said, Behold, the people is one, and they have all one language; and this they begin to do: and now nothing will be restrained from them, which they have imagined to do. 7Go to, let us go down, and there confound their language, that they may not understand one another’s speech. 8So the LORD scattered them abroad from thence upon the face of all the earth: and they left off to build the city.9Therefore is the name of it called Babel; because the LORD did there confound the language of all the earth: and from thence did the LORD scatter them abroad upon the face of all the earth.

If I had a nickel for every time I heard someone talk about “missional community” I’d have 22 cents. (One guy slurred his speech). But basically, a missional community is a church that is made up of people that don’t just go to church, they actually do stuff. The rely on each other, they motivate each other, and most importantly, they actually get out and do stuff.

A lot of us, (myself included) have been a part of churches where the totality of your experience is going to church, listening to the pastor, singing a few songs and leaving. Next week, same thing, different day. But believe it or not, that’s not what Christ is calling us to do. Jesus came to work with the poor, prisoners, blind, and oppressed, and as his followers, our call is the same.

Having said all that, Genesis 11 is a great warning in building a missional community. God wants us to be unified and hard working; however, if our purpose is not God-given, we’re wasting our time.

Genesis 11 is a great example of people being a community on a (wrong) mission. The entire community purposed themselves to build a tower that would reach heaven. Their purpose was to make a name for themselves and if it had not been for God messing up their plan, they would have accomplished their purpose.

A modern day example of a misguided community is the Westboro Baptist Church in Kansas. They are probably the most united “church” (and I use that term very loosely) I’ve seen in a while. The problem is, they are united for the wrong purpose. If you haven’t heard of them, they’re the group that boycotted Elizabeth Edwards’ funeral and had signs saying “Thank God for Cancer” and they also have a website www.GodHatesfags.com. Needless to say, although they’re a missional community, their purpose is anything but God-given. They are a group of self-righteous, religious nuts and are an embarrasment to Christians in this country.

For yourself… pray for unity, pray that God would make you missional and that you would be a part of a group of believers that are dedicated to doing more than going to church on Sunday. But above all, make sure that the mission you embark on is God-given.

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  1. Justin says:

    What do you think it will take for churches who are not God purposed missional to become one. What does it take a church who is God-purposed to now become a missional community. Does it start with leadership, can the members start doing it on their own, what are your thoughts?

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