Missional?

Q. Are you okay with the following thinking: The household of God walks in the will of God, that is, be missional.

1. Touching the marginalized (Healing/Caring Ministry)

2. Against the injustice in the community and beyond (Casting out demons)

3. Preaching/Teaching the words faithfully (Word ministry)

Did I miss anything?

Are you defining “missional” based on the Lord’s mission and what He did, as in:

Mt 4:23 Jesus was going throughout all Galilee, teaching in their synagogues and proclaiming the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every kind of disease and every kind of sickness among the people. (Mt 9:35)

Lk 4:18-19 “The Spirit of the Lord is upon Me,
Because He anointed Me to preach the gospel to the poor.
He has sent Me to proclaim release to the captives,
And recovery of sight to the blind,
To set free those who are oppressed,
To proclaim the favorable year of the Lord.”

Mk 1:39 And He went into their synagogues throughout all Galilee, preaching and casting out the demons.

Mk 6:13 And they were casting out many demons and were anointing with oil many sick people and healing them.

If yes, you are drawing your concept from the text which is exegesis and good. However, some have already formulated their ideas and simply try to find verses to support them, which is eisegesis and not good.

I also believe you’ve captured all the essential elements:

  1. Word ministry:
    1. Evangelism – Proclaim the gospel of the kingdom, preach the gospel to the poor, proclaim the favorable year of the Lord
    1. Discipleship – Teach
  2. Healing/caring:
    1. Physical – heal diseases and the sick, recover sight for the blind
    1. Spiritual – cast out demons
  3. Social Justice – release the captives, set free those who are oppressed

However, my classification is somewhat different from yours. But some of Jesus’ ministry could fit several categories, e.g. depending on the type of captivity in view, “proclaim release to the captives” could fall under:

  • Evangelism – release from bondage to sin (Rom 7:14)
  • Discipleship – release from being held captive to philosophy and empty deception (Col 2:8), captive to the devil’s snare (2 Tim 2:26)
  • Healing – release from being bound by Satan (Lk 13:16)
  • Justice – legal protection from unrighteousness (Lk 18:7-8)

So how you classify them depends on what you have in mind. One thing I would recommend is to incorporate activities in your teaching. Some “talk” a good theory but there is no “walk”. It’s purely academic, which does not help the church. We have enough talkers but not enough “doers”. For example, visit friends and neighbors to share the gospel, not just teach the content in class. Serve in community projects to show you care. Take your trainees on a mission trip to experience ministry first-hand. You cannot be missional if there is no action.

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