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KING OF HEAVEN, COME

By an Alliance worker couple serving in Uruguay

In previous months, we have hosted 10–15 gatherings in our home, including team meetings, worship and Bible study, and dinners. God is teaching us daily about how to be hosts—not just by welcoming people into our house but also by being hosts of His presence. His Spirit continues to lead us in prayer, guiding us as we walk in our gifts.

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QUIT LISTENING TO MISSIONAL EXPERTS

My favorite book on the church and God’s mission is Total Church. I admire Steve Timmis and Tim Chester tremendously and I have learned so much from them. I can say the same for Alan Hirsch, Jeff Vanderstelt and many others that I would consider missional experts.

But eventually I had to stop listening to them.

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A CHURCH PLANT’S SPECIAL MISSION

Christians often perceive that a true missionary calling must be to the other side of the world. For some, this is a reality. For others, their own backyard is their mission field. Situated 30 miles north of Seattle, Washington, Whidbey Island isn’t exactly top of the list for church planters. Yet for Matthew and Stephanie Erikson, this small town is precisely where they were called to be.

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OUR NEIGHBORHOOD, OUR MISSION

When the Selfs moved to a new neighborhood, they knew God was calling them to share the love of Jesus with their neighbors. Eight years later, it is evident that hearts are being transformed by the Gospel. Watch the video and see how the Selfs made their neighborhood their mission.

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3 WAYS YOUR KIDS CAN HELP YOU LOVE YOUR NEIGHBORS

Jesus tells us in the story of the good Samaritan that our neighbor is anyone in need, no matter the circumstances and that we are to show love. The good news for parents is that you have a huge advantage in getting to know and love your neighbors – your children!

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CONTEXTUALIZE…DON’T MERELY EVANGELIZE

Because we want to make disciples, not mere converts, we need to reconsider standard views of contextualization. It is more than the mere transmission of information. We might grab a lot of people’s interest, but we won’t keep it. Presentations don’t transform people. The gospel does.

Why? The gospel transforms a person’s worldview, not simply his or her doctrine. If this is our goal, then how do we begin to do contextualization?

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