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1 Taking It Outside Rediscovering God’s Missional Plan for His Church to Bless the World

2 God’s Call to Abram “Take It Outside” 1 The LORD had said to Abram, " Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 1 The LORD had said to Abram, " Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; and I will bless you; I will make your name great, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you." will be blessed through you."

3 Privatizing God’s Blessing  “Blessed to escape the consequences of sin” Forgiveness of sins Assurance of escaping hell for heaven Kept safe and healthy while the world perishes  Blessed with Salvation Not just from sin’s consequences But to bless all peoples on earth as God’s chosen people, the Church

4 An Insider’s Gospel ME Typical : “For God so loved ME that he gave his only Son, so that because I believe in him, I will not perish but have everlasting life. (Too bad about the rest of those losers.)” I’m in and I am psyched! WWJD?

5 11 In the old system, the animals are killed and the bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood is then brought inside to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. 12 It's the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates--that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God's altar to cleanse his people. Hebrews 13: In the old system, the animals are killed and the bodies disposed of outside the camp. The blood is then brought inside to the altar as a sacrifice for sin. 12 It's the same with Jesus. He was crucified outside the city gates--that is where he poured out the sacrificial blood that was brought to God's altar to cleanse his people. Hebrews 13:11-12 Blessed Outside by Jesus

6 13 So let's go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is--not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. 14 This "insider world" is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. 15 Let's take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus' name. 16 Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship--a different kind of "sacrifice"--that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets. Hebrews 13: So let's go outside, where Jesus is, where the action is--not trying to be privileged insiders, but taking our share in the abuse of Jesus. 14 This "insider world" is not our home. We have our eyes peeled for the City about to come. 15 Let's take our place outside with Jesus, no longer pouring out the sacrificial blood of animals but pouring out sacrificial praises from our lips to God in Jesus' name. 16 Make sure you don't take things for granted and go slack in working for the common good; share what you have with others. God takes particular pleasure in acts of worship--a different kind of "sacrifice"--that take place in kitchen and workplace and on the streets. Hebrews 13:13-16 Taking His Message Outside the City

7 A Missional “Take It Outside” Gospel "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that NO ONE need be destroyed; by believing in him, ANYONE can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the WORLD how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. John 3:16-17 Biblical : "This is how much God loved the world: He gave his Son, his one and only Son. And this is why: so that NO ONE need be destroyed; by believing in him, ANYONE can have a whole and lasting life. God didn't go to all the trouble of sending his Son merely to point an accusing finger, telling the WORLD how bad it was. He came to help, to put the world right again. John 3:16-17

8 Defining “Missional” “It’s about a loving missionary God incarnating the world to save it. It’s about mission being at the heart of the Trinity, and many in the church have forgotten it. The missional church is about getting back to the Great Commission and the Great Commandment. To go into the entire world while loving our neighbors as ourselves (Matt 28:19; 22:39). The missional church has the advantage of leaving behind traditions and politics… It must keep asking what it means to be the ‘called out community’ to our culture.” Kim Hammond from “The Junction”

9 Commanded & Commissioned To Take It Outside The Great Commission 19” 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” The Greatest Commandment 37 Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

10 The Missional Revolution The Missional Revolution Overthrowing the Institutionalized Church Revolutionizing

11 From Inside to Outside INSIDE Thinking  We’re still prejudiced but Jesus will change us in heaven  Jesus formed the Church to meet our needs and shield us from a sinful world  Our missionaries are the revolutionaries while we enjoy the status quo OUTSIDE Thinking  Jesus has already torn down the barriers so we’d die to our prejudices now  Jesus formed the Church to save and bless a sinful world  Every disciple is a missionary and the mission field starts right here

12 Revolutionizing a Struggling Church  80 year history (LABCMS took it ‘outside’)  Rollercoaster ride > ‘80s ROCKET SLED!  Early ’90s – malaise and uncertainty Revolution!  Mid ’90s – Not Evolution, but Revolution! Restarted EBCLA with remnant Renewed vision to be Missional, Kingdom-driven redemptive community Worship & Word > Discovering Jesus in the World OUTSIDE!

13  Why does “taking it outside” have such potential to revolutionize churches in ways that enhance Jesus’ reputation among those who don’t believe?  How “inside” has you and your church’s living out of the gospel of Jesus become?  If you heed God’s call to be a blessing to the nations, what obstacles will you face in yourself? In your church?


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