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Mission Inspiration is designed to guide church groups in discussion of mission. 27 scriptural references point to core strengths of Christian community to help viewers review their purpose and......

Mission Inspiration is designed to guide church groups in discussion of mission. 27 scriptural references point to core strengths of Christian community to help viewers review their purpose and direction. Provocative visual aids kickstart dialogue in drafting their own mission manifesto.

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  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Welcome to Mission Inspiration.This slideshow was created from 2x2's most popular post—a list of Bible verses that can inspire mission.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Mission statements are intended to inspire and unite. But every church has members with diverse objectives. This isn't necessarily bad. In fact it's realistic.Decades ago it was common for congregations to have multiple organizations with separate objectives and even separate bank accounts—all working at mission. (Ladied Aid Societies, Sunday Schools and Individual Sunday School Classes, etc.). It helps to recognize the diversity within your congregation.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----The portrait of Abraham and his nomadic family appears to be one of peace and fraternity. But Ishmael and Isaac eventually went their separate ways. One mission resulted in two of the world's major religions.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Keeping in touch with God is a challenge in itself.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Arts and music missions are popular.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----God wants His sheep to know Him and be joyful.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Discuss being a called people. Calls in the Bible are usually unexpected and unwelcome—not to mention dangerous.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Justice, mercy and humility. Can the three co-exist?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----The photo is from the church in Pakistan. It was taken only a few weeks after their congregation was bombed by terrorists. Taking the Good News to all the world is a huge challenge and biblical mandate.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----The fish bowl is a simple of confinement. How confined are we within the vastness of God's creation.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----City churches face hughe and ever-changing challenges. The answers to urban ministry are difficult. Can your congregation be a beacon in the city?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Peace. You have to work at it!
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Our definition of the ends of the earth is regularly challenged. How would you define it?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----God wants us to use our minds. Can your church provide thought leadership or educational opportunities?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----The organ creates one sound from many programmed stops. A more modern vine and branches analogy?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Who is welcoming whom in this photo? Hospitality is always two-way.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Evil and good are often complex concepts. The dandelion is a weed AND a beautiful flower and source of food for bees and mankind. We'd have a heart time getting by without the work of bees, but we can do without the stings!
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Can your congregation encourage and nurture the families in your neighborhood? How about the single parent famiies and blended families? How about famiies with autistic or disabled or chronically ill family members?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Do you know any gentle congregations? How is their mission effective? Can you be a gentle congregation?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----The butterfly is the symbol of transformation—and the Resurrection. How can your congregation transform God's people?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Childhood has become complex in the modern world with split families and temptations of society. Is this a mission for your congregation?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Soul, mind and strength. Tools that we can nurture with love.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Soul, mind and strength. Tools that we can nurture with love.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Spirit and truth can be complex and misunderstood. Can your congregation work to nurture both?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Equipping people for service that will lead to maturity and unity of God's people is a mission challenge.
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----Every superhero has a calling that comes with a wardrobe. They work vigilantly for the underdog, for justice and reconciliation. Is this mission for you?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----We exist as God's people to worship. How does that fit into your mission?
  • ----- Meeting Notes (11/12/13 18:05) -----A universal need of the God's people is to nurture relationships with one another and with God.

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  • 1. Mission Inspiration 27 Bible Verses to Inspire Mission A Publication of 2x2 Virtual Church (Redeemer Lutheran Church, East Falls) COMPANY LOGO
  • 2. The Mission Process Practical Mission Face it. Every church has a practical mission. It is to attract more members to support your community congregation. It helps to keep this in mind even as we pursue loftier goals. Philosophical Mission Strategic Mission This reflects the personality and passion of your group of people. This Mission Statement should outlive demographic change. It may reflect your denominational distinction. This is the public face of your community AND a recruitment tool. It is more practical and specific. It could change every year or so. There’s more to Mission Statements than may meet the eye! 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 3. The Mission Process-Example Practical Mission Philosophical Mission Strategic Mission • 20 New Members each month • Meet budget of $200,000 per year. • Increase membership age demographic of people 10 to 30. • Fund a mission project. To be living witnesses for a living God. To engage each member in at least one practical outreach effort. To visit the home of every new resident. Most people concentrate on the philosophical without paying attention to the underlying need or having a strategy. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 4. Allow for MicroMissions CONGREGATIONAL Miriam’s Mission Toby’s Mission Joe’s Mission MISSION 2x2 • Mission Inspiration Mission statements can present problems. A mission too broad will not inspire change. So many things already fit under the umbrella that there is no reason to stretch. Peter’s Mission Rachel’s Mission Your Congregation’s Mission Should Inspire Individual Missions Lydia’s Mission On the other hand, a mission too narrow could discourage members or potential members who have interests and talents outside the given statement. That can be unwelcoming or unsettling to seekers. Aim for a mission statement that gives direction without being too rigid.
  • 5. Bible Verses and Images for Exploring Mission 27 Excerpts from Scripture follow (both Old and New Testaments). Each has an image designed to aid in discussion. The slideshow’s notes have some helps for leaders. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 6. Genesis 12:1-3 The Lord said to Abram: Go out from your land, your relatives, and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. I will make you into a great nation, I will bless you, I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, I will curse those who treat you with contempt, and all the peoples on earth will be blessed through you. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration 01
  • 7. Exodus 19:5, 6 Now if you will listen to Me and carefully keep My covenant, you will be My own possession out of all the peoples, although all the earth is Mine, and you will be My kingdom of priests and My holy nation. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 8. Psalm 9:11 Sing the praises of the Lord, enthroned in Zion; proclaim among the nations what he has done. photo credit: northdevonfarmer via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration 01
  • 9. Psalm 100:1-3 Shout for joy to the Lord, all the earth. Worship the Lord with gladness: come before him with joyful songs. Know that the Lord is God. It is he who made us, and we are his; we are his people, the sheep of his pasture. photo credit: MaRiNa via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration 01
  • 10. Isaiah 6:8 Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying: Who should I send? Who will go for Us? I said: Here I am. Send me. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration photo credit: Brian Auer via photopin cc 01
  • 11. Micah 6:8 He has shown you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justly, To love mercy, And to walk humbly with your God? 2x2 • Mission Inspiration photo credit: Viewminder via photopin cc
  • 12. Matthew 24:14 This good news of the kingdom will be proclaimed in all the world as a testimony to all nations. And then the end will come. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration 01
  • 13. Matthew 28:18-20 Then Jesus came near and said to them, “All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go, therefore, and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe everything I have commanded you. And remember, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” photo credit: snaps via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 14. Mark 16:15 Go into all the world and preach the gospel to the whole creation. photo credit: Jessica Neuwerth (Fearless) via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 15. Luke 24:48 As for you, stay in the city until you are empowered from on high. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration photo credit: americanartmuseum via photopin cc
  • 16. John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” photo credit: AlicePopkorn via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 17. Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be My witnesses in Jerusalem, in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration photo credit: zachstern via photopin cc
  • 18. Romans 12 Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God—this is your spiritual act of worship. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration Do not conform any longer to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is— his good, pleasing and perfect will. photo credit: Jack Mallon via photopin cc
  • 19. Romans 12 Just as each of us has one body with many members, and these members do not all have the same function, so in Christ we who are many form one body, and each member belongs to all the others. We have different gifts, according to the grace given us. photo credit: deafmute via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 20. Romans 12 Love must be sincere. Hate what is evil; cling to what is good. Be devoted to one another in brotherly love. Honor one another above yourselves. Never be lacking in zeal, but keep your spiritual fervor, serving the Lord. Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer. Share with God’s people who are in need. Practice hospitality. photo credit: The U.S. Army via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 21. Romans 12 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 22. Ephesians 5:1-2 Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children. And walk in love, as Christ loved us and gave himself for us, a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God. photo credit: OlivierJD via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 23. Philippians 4:4-5a Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. photo credit: Pink Sherbet Photography via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 24. 1 Peter 2:9-10 But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for His possession, so that you may proclaim the praises of the One who called you out of darkness into His marvelous light. Once you were not a people, but now you are God’s people. 2x2 • Mission Inspiration photo credit: Ajith via photopin cc
  • 25. Matthew 19:14 Mark 10:13-16 Jesus said, “Let the little children come to him, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” photo credit: R. Motti via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 26. Matthew 22: Luke 10:27 Mark 12:30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength. photo credit: Neal. via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 27. Luke 10:36-37 “Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?” The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.” Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.” photo credit: sbhland via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 28. John 4:24 God is spirit, and his worshipers must worship in spirit and truth. photo credit: pamlau.com via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 29. Ephesians 4:12-13 to equip his people for works of service, so that the body of Christ may be built up until we all reach unity in the faith and in the knowledge of the Son of God and become mature, attaining to the whole measure of the fullness of Christ. photo credit: pamlau.com via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 30. Colossians 3:12-14 Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humilit y, gentleness and patience. Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you. And over all these virtues put on love, which binds them all together in perfect unity. photo credit: N. Feans via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 31. 1 Peter 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. photo credit: Stuck in Customs via photopin cc 2x2 • Mission Inspiration
  • 32. 2 Peter 3:18 But grow in the grace and knowledge of our 
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  • 33. 2x2 Virtual Church Phone 215 487 0618 Email creation@dca.net Judith Gotwald 2x2virtualchurch.com Jesus sent the disciples into the world two by two.
  • 34. Thank You! Please let us know if this resource was helpful. Visit 2x2virtualchurch.com