This Sermon by Darrin Patrick really opened my eyes to how a church needs to be missional in and of itself. So many times, and I mean so many, we go into a church and experience it as a place for believers only. So many times the pastor speaks to us but forgets the mission of spreading the gospel to the non believers who may be in your church on any given Sunday. So many times we leave churches seeing this sign above and feel so on fire to share the gospel with the world. It is inspiring. However, if our church is not missional on a Sunday what makes us think that it will function as a missional church throughout the rest of the week? We are entering the mission field when walking into our churches as well. We never know who will be there listening or struggling or hungry for something more. A church without presenting the gospel every Sunday is what would be called an unhealthy church. So many times we think that Salvation is about us and that church is about us, but is it really? It is all about God, the glorious sacrifice His Son made many years ago, and producing worshippers of His holy Name. We never know who will walk through our doors on any given Sunday so we really need to be prepared to let our churches on a Sunday be a place of welcome, refuge, love, and the gospel message.
Rethink: You Are Now Entering the Mission Field?!!!?
Darrin Patrick Sermon Relection: A Mixed Review. By Lauren Oliva
“The Practices of a Missional Church”, by Darrin Patrick
A Sermon Review by Lauren Oliva
New American Standard Bible (NASB)
They were continually devoting themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer.
Everyone kept feeling a sense of awe; and many wonders and signs were taking place through the apostles. 44 And all those who had believed were together and had all things in common; and they began selling their property and possessions and were sharing them with all, as anyone might have need. Day by day continuing with one mind in the temple, and breaking bread from house to house, they were taking their meals together with gladness and sincerity of heart, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord was adding to their number day by daythose who were being saved.
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I just recently listened to a training session facilitated by Darrin Patrick (Vice President of the Acts 29 church planting network) which I loved. Patrick’s goal is to help church planters and pastors effectively impact their cities in a “Post-Christian” world. He taught the seminar using personal examples (both positive and negative) from his own past, which provided a powerful witness to the effectiveness of the methods he was propounding. He was gospel centered, and he caused me to think deeply about the way that my own church is organized. What are we doing to be an “incarnational witness” to our community?
I was really challenged this week in listening to this sermon by Darrin Patrick on what it means to be a true church of God following the example of the church in Acts 2 the-practices-of-a-missional-church. It wasnt about a once a week one hour sermon where someone talk and we all listen. No. It was about being relational and intentional about spending time with our Creator and spending time with each other. Throughout his whole sermon, Darrin Patrick Kept his focus on one specific passage, Acts 2:42-47. It was Peter speaking about the 3,000 that had joined their numbers. They were doing LIFE together, not just church on Sunday’s but communing and fellowship and walk this walk of life together. Darrin emphasized this unity that our churches should long to have it. That it wasn’t a “once a week church” it was a “day-by-day” church.
“As often as you do it do it in remembrance of me.” This verse I’m sure meant more than once a week, and more than once a month, but often. Often we should come to the Lord and thank Him for giving His LIFE, His SON, so that we may share in an intimate relationship with him. The Lord is calling for us to live life together with him and with each other but instead we walk around carrying our own burdens and struggles saying to everyone we are fine and then the church is dying 3,000 a year because we cannot just give it all up to God. Acts 2 gave us the perfect most clear definition of what God has called us to do as leaders. We don’t need to read all of the self-help books and learn how to be a better “Christian” or “pastor”. We need to be reading the Bible because it is in that book that we will find the guidance and direction we need to live a joyful life for him and a purposeful life for His kingdom.
I was personally so immersed into his message. He really talked about the way the church is failing and how we are not creating true disciples of Jesus. We do these alter calls week by week and expect people to have the radical transformation and then in three minutes during the chorus of a hymn come forward and choose to give their whole life up to God, claiming He is the one true King and that they will follow him. That is a lot of pressure. Change takes time and we don’t give that to them.
It has made me see that I need to be more intentional and be more about the quality than the quantity. The angels rejoice if even just one comes to the Lord, so why not create true disciples rather than just more “Christians”? I have been going on mission trips to Africa and we preach the gospel to those in the neighborhood around the school we are working in. Though the Kenyans of the organization come around the new believers and plug them into a church and check on them I feel a heavy nurden that I am not doing enough. We ask them to give up everything and follow Him but what am I giving up? Two weeks in Africa sounds more like gaining than getting. Maybe I need to be getting on a plane and staying on the ground in Kenya doing life with these woman and children so that they may know Christ.
Or on the other spectrum maybe I need to stop getting on planes and stay here and have intentional relationships with my friends and church creating community of believers so that new believers may see us through our actions and not our words feeling included in our lives and not an outcast.
The choice is our though. Be a status quo church that preaches one sided sermons to chrisitians or just to non believers and then go on with our weeks never looking back? Or are we going to be the Acts 2 body of Christ, doing life with one another. Selling all we have to help the poor and taking communion together more than just one or twice a month. I personally wish to be the later. Being dangerous for his Kingdom and making His name known in an intentional personal way to His children.