29th January 2012 Cell Questions – Cell Values – Doing Mission This is the fourth in our series on the Cell Values of Springfield, looking at the values that drive us as a church. This week we are looking at Doing Mission. Back to Creating Community in February We looked at why Doing Mission is so important a value. We saw how Mission is the movement by God to restore, redeem and heal people. Mission starts with God and in the heart of God; His desire to restore, redeem and heal people. Mission, for us, is joining in with what God desires to do and to align ourselves with what He is already up to. The parables we looked at show God’s desire for us – how what was lost was so valuable that it warranted an all out search and how when what was lost was found it required a feast to celebrate. It is our calling as a church to cooperate with the Mission of God and to join Him in a search for those that are lost, hurting and broken. We saw how our cell groups play a key part in reaching out with the love of Christ to those around us. Communities of people making a difference in the world by reaching out together – through our outreach socials, through the charities that we support, through caring for those around us. We looked at some of the marks of actually Doing Mission (rather than just talking about it). These included: •
Praying to receive the heart of God for those that are lost; praying to have God’s eyes opened to what is going on around you and what God is bringing to your notice in your home or workplace or when you are out and about.
Being authentic. Realising that God has made you and doesn’t want you to be someone else. God gives to each of us unique personality, experiences and opportunities. We wish our friends and family to know God not for us to value them but because we value God and we would love them to know Him.
Not hiding behind tasks. God is in His very being relational and He calls us to be in communion with Him and others. Therefore whatever we do must primarily be relational.
Working together in His Mission. We need others to see people healed and restored, we can’t do everything ourselves.
Read Luke 15:110 1. Will asked the question “who does the church exist for?” How would you answer that? 2. Does Springfield operate more as a social club or as the church focussed on the Mission of God? How about your cell group? How could you show someone that was the case? 3. Have you ever strayed from the Christian faith? How did God bring you back?
4. Which of the list above (prayer for others, authenticity, hiding behind tasks, working together for mission) do you struggle with most? How could the cell help to value Doing Mission? Brainstorm some ways that you could grow this value in your cell group.