Group Plan - The Future of Mission
Message Theme: Though the church has experienced a millennium and a half at the center of power and influence, we find ourselves in a new place: at the margins. And this new place holds all kinds of promise for the future of God's mission.
Group Discussion Questions
- Have you ever returned to a church where years ago you were once a member, or perhaps just visited, and found it to be much smaller, with many fewer present than you remembered?
Were you surprised at the remarkable change you observed?
Are you aware of a once dynamic church which is not even there anymore?
Why do you think these things have occurred?
- Tell about your most memorable experience on a mission trip or involved in God's mission.
What makes it so memorable?
- What did effective missions look like in 1950's America?
Do you believe those efforts would be as effective today?
Why or why not?
- How do you feel about the church's loss of power and influence in culture?
Do you tend to see the marginalization of the church as an opportunity or a challenge?
Why do you see it that way?
- Read Hebrews 13:11-14.
What do you discover about God in this passage?
What is the writer's application for the church in this passage?
- How has the church in Rwanda (including Caleb & Jenny Beck) experienced marginalization following the genocide in 1994?
How do you think it might impact the missionary efforts of the Becks and others today?
- Had you heard the story of St. Paul's Chapel following 9/11 before?
How is St. Paul's response to 9/11 instructive for our church as we go on mission?
- How do you see the church's loss of power differently following this sermon?
How does Hebrews 13:11-14 help you re-imagine your role as a missionary in America in 2018?
How does it change your Monday?