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LIVING SENT

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“Live Sent” is a familiar phrase in todays church venacular. You have probably also heard, “It’s not about our seating capacity but our sending capacity.” Being mobile and ready to follow God’s direction in our lives is for every follower of Christ. He does say “follow me” and there should not be any limitations on the location or the address whether here in North America or on another mission field.

  • Here is what living sent involves:
  • Living surrendured to the leadership of the Holy Spirit!
  • Living submitted to His guidance of where He wants you to serve Him!
  • Living with a willingness to go! Living on mission in your zip code!
  • Living determined to share the Gospel!

There are many testimonies of those who have not just talked about living sent but have lived it out in their lives. Families who have sold out, found jobs where God was calling, and helped a church planter by being a part of their launch team. Barnabas had Saul, Paul had Silas, and church planters have those who are willing to live sent. They are willing to pull up their tent stakes, step away from the comfort of family, and begin representing Christ in a new zip code because He asked them to “follow Him.”

Recently while visiting a church plant I heard another story of “living sent” from a young lady who grew up in the church planters youth group. They shared with me how she willingly came to their area and found a job teaching in a public school just so she could help. When I asked her where she worked she told me of a town about 20-30 minutes away. I asked where she lived and she said, “Oh I live here and drive to work because I knew I needed to live near the people God sent me to reach.” That is living sent!

There are multiple stories of couples, families, and individuals who have moved to help church plants such as:

  • Fusion Church in Fountain, Colorado
  • The Summit in Richland, Washington
  • The Refuge in Nixa, Missouri
  • Jacob’s Well in Plano, IL
  • The Bridge in Celina, TX

These church plants were blessed with other followers of Christ who were willing to listen to His leadership in moving to a new location, finding a new job, and beginning a new exciting journey. Each one of them have exciting testimonies of how God provided them other people who stepped out in faith believing God had called them to live sent. Maybe God is calling you to live sent and has placed a burden on your heart to follow in their footsteps? Are you willing to follow Him wherever He is calling you?

What if God were to say to you, “How about Thornton, CO?” You are probably wondering were in the world did that come from? Brain and Piper Cleary are planting CrossRoots church in Thornton and they are faithfully praying that God would send them people to help them reach their zip code for Christ. They are looking for couples, families, or individuals who would move to Thornton to be salt and light. They are praying for disciplemakers who want to build relationships within their circles of influence as they develop!

Ed Stetzer and David Putman in Breaking the Missional Code: You Can Become a Missionary in Your Community say, “One of the defining issues that we have observed over the years is that leaders who break the code seldom if ever do it alone. Working with church planters, you never have a shortage of people with big dreams and visions. It is the nature of those who plant churches or desire to plant churches to want to be paradigm breakers. However, this thing of not doing it alone seems to be the decisive difference in those who want to do it and those who actually get it done.”

Let me ask it once again, “How about Thornton, CO?” Is God asking you to live sent and to help a church planting couple reach their community for Christ. Living sent also requires:

  • Living the Great Commission
  • Focusing on People Far From God
  • Praying for Your Neighbors and Co-Workers
  • Engaging in Spiritual Conversations
  • Ability to Share the Gospel

In The Leadership Ladder: Developing Missional Leaders in the Church Steven Ogne and Kenneth Priddy ask us to evaluate our missional living by asking: “Does it make a discple? Having good missional activities leads to the making of disciples. Expressing God’s love through service is good. Expressing God’s love through relationship is better. Expressing God’s love by leading someone to faith in Jesus Christ, is best. The best missional activities put us in relationship with someone long enough that he or she can, through us, experience Christ and become His follower.”

Live sent!!!