By Scott Nelson

The undertaking of God has a church. So the church has to be in sync with the project of God. this can be the guiding philosophy of the Forge Missions education community, which has helped church leaders and laypeople alike worldwide to arrive their pals, their neighborhoods and their groups with the gospel. In those publications you and your pals should be built to be missionaries the place you are—which is why God has a church within the first position. In Culture: dwelling within the locations of God you and your pals will concentration your cognizance at the context during which God has positioned you. simply because the church within the publication of Acts realized to regularly ask, "What kind of humans will we have to be, and what form of message can we have to communicate, with a purpose to faithfully survive venture the place we discover ourselves?" you will easy methods to be in and for where God has you. different volumes within the Forge publications for Missional dialog: Community: residing because the humans of GodMission: residing for the needs of GodPower: residing by way of the Spirit of GodVision: residing lower than the guarantees of God

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5. How might I join God in what he is already doing? indd 44 7/25/13 2:01 PM Session Four Living as Narrators Changing the Social Story Storytelling may not seem like a missional practice, but it is in fact crucial to faithfully living out our missionary calling. Storytelling is essential because narratives matter so much to cultures and contexts. Indeed, it would be impossible for people to share common ways of life if they did not also share some sort of common narrative, some kind of social story to shape the way they view life, themselves, their relationships to one another and to the world.

After the reading has been completed, allow a few moments of silence to reflect on the passage and what stands out to you. • Break into pairs (preferably with someone you don’t know well) and discuss the following questions. Use this time to practice listening to each other as well as to the text. xx What in the text captured your imagination? xx What question would you most like to ask a biblical scholar? • Gather once again as a large group and share your partners’ responses. • Review these responses and discuss: What might God be up to in the passage for us today?

Instead, the church is to understand that it belongs to God and his kingdom, and is therefore not of this world. This understanding means that the life of the church is one of pilgrimage and journey, of being exiles and strangers, of being foreigners in a land that is not their own. This session is designed to help you discover what it looks like to live as a foreigner and to practice the powerlessness that comes with being foreigners. Don’t forget that the ultimate goal of each session is to help us develop an imagination for how we might live as missionaries.

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