the missional challenge

During the month of August, I’m taking “the missional challenge.”  I’ll be honest, I don’t know a great deal about this challenge, other than the fact that it’s advertised as “31 Days to Align with Jesus’ Mission.”  I generally am not a fan of 31 days to align with something, 7 principles of a highly effective something else, or the 5 steps of salvation.  But I was looking for something different to do with my morning Bible study time, and this opportunity presented itself.  I thought I’d give it a shot.  Dr. Dave DeVries, over at The Missional Challenge, has put together a 31-day program in which participants are led to understand what it means to be missional, and then to answer that calling in their own lives.

Take a look at the introduction to “the missional challenge.” — especially if you’re wanting to try something different and purposeful in your Bible study time.  The first challenge (August 1) is here; and you’ve easily got time to catch up (you’re only a day behind).  This first day took me about 20 minutes, and was definitely worth the time involved.  I was asked to summarize the mission of Jesus by looking at nine scriptures in which we find mission statements for his coming to earth.  I’ve attached my mission statement summary from these verses:

Jesus came to earth in submission and obedience to his Father.  He came to give greater meaning to, and a proper interpretation of, the laws of God — and to demonstrate in the flesh these intentions and expectations of the Father.  Jesus came to seek a human race that is lost, to serve us, and to offer his life for us, so we can be saved and experience the joys and freedoms of true life.

At least go have a look at the site and consider committing yourself to a 31-day study of mission.

And how would you summarize Jesus’ mission statement?



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9 responses to “the missional challenge

  1. Therefore Pilate said to Him, “So You are a king?” Jesus answered, “You say correctly that I am a king. For this I have been born, and for this I have come into the world, to testify to the truth. Everyone who is of the truth hears My voice.”

    I believe Christ said so much in those few words. Is part of our mission to seek and reflect truth?

    • good insights, tony. after going through day one of this challenge (which had just 9 statements), i thought, “you know, i should go through and look for other ‘mission statements’ given in scripture. but i haven’t done it yet. thanks for adding in.

      and, yes, i’m convinced that one of our tasks, as the body of Christ, is to seek truth and then live it into our communities. God will be glorified and those in our neighborhoods will see a tangible truth in the flesh. i’m also convinced that this is much of the Holy Spirit’s work in our lives — to guide us into all truth, and to empower us to live in accordance with it.

      [i also like the bit about everyone of the truth hearing Christ’s voice. people talk about wanting to hear God, and about asking him to speak into their lives. it is my belief that Jesus is always speaking, but only those who are established in the truth are hearing.

  2. Kim

    First, I’d like to thank you for sharing this. I have been for a lack of better word floundering lately, so I am going to do this challenge to refocus myself.

    I am caught up on the challenges and here is my version of Jesus’s mission statement.

    Jesus did not come at his own behest, God sent him so that he might save us. He did not come to destroy, but to save. To comfort, heal, free, and seek out those that are lost. He came to sacrifice his life so that we could find life through him.

    • i’m glad you’re joining us — though to be honest, i have no idea really who “us” is besides dave devries, jessica gavin, my wife, and i. to be honest, i’m starting to be a little concerned about the challenge. because days 2 and 3 added things to do every day. if this keeps up, i’m going to have 30 different things to do every day. i don’t think i’m disciplined enough to make that work — not with all my other commitments. we’ll see what happens.

      and that’s a well-written mission statement (especially because you snuck in there the word “behest.”

  3. Thanks for posting this. I’m in too! I’m excited to do it. I just did Day 1 to catch up. I think I’m going to post it weekly. Looking forward to doing it though. Unlike you, I love 7 habits, 5 steps, 10 ways etc….so I eat this stuff up:)

    • glad you’re joining us, jess. and if you like 7 habits, 5 steps, and 10 ways so much, i’ve got 3 miles of oceanfront property for sale in arizona.
      nothing against you enjoying those things, but that’s mostly how i feel about them. like they advertise something they are completely unable to offer or give — and even make it sound simple.

  4. Ike

    The idea that we’re all missionaries……there is something commendable about this idea. But there is also something flawed with it. The term “missions” historically meant crossing geographical or cultural boundaries to make Christ known. Making Christ known in your native context is called evangelism, which is distinct from missions. To say that we’re all missionaries is to ignore the reality that billions of people outside of your experience have never heard of Christ’s coming. It ignores the obligation of every Christian to be a global Christian. There are so many misuses of the terms that have nothing to do with the spread of the gospel of Jesus Christ into the world. Some churches talk about living missional lives here in America. But this can lull us into thinking that we don’t need to go in order to make Christ known, but can fulfill our obligation from where we are.

    • ike, i’m with you. i think what’s happened is that the church in america has realized that it’s not evangelistic and/or outward focused and wanted to change that. kudos to them. and i can certainly understand why they’d use the term “missional” to explain living out Christ’s mission to/in the world. but it also does seem to be a popular thing today to change the meanings of word to suit what you desire (or need) to do. ie “every christian is a missionary.” those kinds of phrases come across to me as artificial and smarmy.

      and i don’t know a great deal about the missional movement, but it seems that at least some of those churches are understanding the call to cross boundaries into other cultures and groups (even within our own cities).

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