To give you a practical idea of what goes on in our Taipei Missional Community (house church), we wanted to share with you tonight’s MC schedule. As you read over the outline below, try taking some mental notes on the following points:
- inclusiveness of non-Christians in our gathering, especially our working-class friends
- living as a family on mission together
- how easy / difficult it would be to reproduce such a gathering in other homes
Some possible answers at the end of this post.
Taipei Missional Community Gathering on Nov 14, 2013
7:00pm Shared potluck-style dinner
8:00pm Sharing about God and Life
Testimonies: How have we experienced God recently? What are we thankful for?
Introduction to tonight’s Bible text:
- We are a community of people wanting to become (better) disciples of Jesus.
- Jesus was a Jewish teacher who lived 2000 years ago in what is now Israel (Middle East).
- Jesus was a wandering teacher, gathering disciples much like Confucius and other ancient Chinese teachers.
- Several of Jesus’ disciples later wrote Jesus’ teachings down in what we now call the 4 Gospels. The teachings we want to look at today were written by a disciple called Matthew.
- Jesus’ mission was setting up an alternate community that lives according to different values than the surrounding society. Listen especially for qualities of this new society that run counter to common values in our society.
Listen to the mp3 versions of Matthew 5:1-12 in English / Chinese / Taiwanese
Listen again, pausing for 10 secs. after each beatitude.
- What social qualities mentioned by Jesus run counter to social values in our society today? Why do you think that? Can you share any examples?
- If you wanted to try to follow Jesus’ teachings, which quality would you have to work on most?
- Which quality should we work on as a family? How?
How can we pray for each other? (Pray silently for persons next to you; 1 person closes)
Possible answers to the question: “How is our Missional Community designed to be inclusive / reproducible?”
- We allow ample time to be together as family, and get to know newcomers.
- Sharing regular meals together creates community.
- The Bible discussion questions are practical and applicable. They are open-ended, with room for anyone to share.
- We never opened a Bible tonight, as this would intimidate some of our working-class friends with lower reading levels; listening to the audio is more appropriate in an oral culture.
- Not everyone is called on to pray; this shows sensitivity to our not-yet-Christian friends who might not know how to pray / aren’t comfortable praying in front of a group.
- The gathering is purposefully kept simple, and thus easy to reproduce by future leaders.
Hopefully this post gave you more insight into what it looks like to live as a family on mission. If you are interested in using the missional community model to begin discipling your non-Christian friends, we invite you to browse the Resources section of this blog. May our Lord give us all much lasting fruit!