Sermon Series:  Part 1 of 2 “Mission Matters! April 21/13     Pastor Bert      


Mission Matters

Marks of a Missional Church and why it Matters.



Missional living is the adoption of the posture, thinking, behaviors, and practices

of a missionary in order to engage others with the gospel message.  


1.  A Missional Church is B__________ 

... God's Word is the foundation


Matt. 24:35 Heaven & earth will pass away, …my words will never...


2. A Missional Church Practices and Preaches R____________           

...has a biblical view of sin


Jesus - Mark 1:15 “The time has come,” he said. “The kingdom of God is near.

Repent and believe the good news!”


Has a high view of preaching and teaching. 

Romans 10:14 (NIV) How ...can they call on the one they have not believed in? can they hear without someone preaching...?


Calls People to turn from their former way of life 

Colossians 3:7 NLT You used to do these things when your life was still part of this world. 

8 But now is the time to get rid of …


3. A Missional Church Goes into C___________

...meets people where they live


Acts 17:16 (NLT)    ...Paul was waiting Athens, he was deeply troubled by all the idols...

17 He went to the synagogue to reason with the Jews and the God-fearing Gentiles, and

he spoke daily in the public square...  18 ...had a debate with ...the Epicurean and Stoic philosophers.


4. A Missional Church Contextualizes the G__________

...applies the gospel to everyday life 


1Cor. 9:22 To the weak I became weak, to win the weak. I have become all

things to all men so that by all possible means I might save some. 


5. A Missional Church Trains C_________ and M_____________ 

…a sending agency


Matt. 9:38 (NLT) So pray to the Lord who is in charge of the harvest; ask him to send

more workers into his fields.”


6.  A Missional Church Is S_____________ 

...a faith community


Acts 2:43 (NLT)   A deep sense of awe came over them all, and the apostles performed many

miraculous signs and wonders


7.  A Missional Church is C_________________

...a passion to please God


Col. 3:1 (NLT) ...set your sights on the realities of heaven, ...2 Think about the things of heaven, not the

things of earth.  3 For you died           to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God.


Counter Culture Living:

1. Expresses W_______ - obeying Jesus teaching

2. Leaves L________ of faith - for next generation

3. Provides non-believers with an alternate & attractive way to live 


8.  A Missional Church M__________ 

...a kingdom growth mind set

1. Plant New C_________

2. Is Willing to walk in the cultures Moccasins

John 17: 15 My prayer is not that you take them out of the world but that you protect them from the evil one.    

3. Practices U_______  

4. Help Other C__________ - prayer vs. criticism (Big Picture)


9.  A Missional Church is a M__________

...a spirit of humility


Much of the New Testament written to churches to address either getting on or staying on task