The mission of God has a church. So the church needs to be in sync with the mission of God. This is the guiding philosophy of the Forge Missions Training Network, which has helped church leaders and laypeople alike all over the world to reach their neighbors, their neighborhoods and their communities with the gospel. In these guides you and your friends will be equipped to be missionaries where you are—which is why God has a church in the first place.
In Community: Living as the People of God you'll explore the dynamic image of church not as a building but a people, not a place but a movement, not a weekly event but a lifestyle. You'll consider how you and your friends might begin to employ your skills and gifts not as a service to the church but as a fulfillment of God's mission to spread the good news of God's kingdom to the ends of the earth. And you'll gain a fresh understanding of how you might relate to one another not as members of an institution but as a family on an exhilarating adventure.
Other volumes in the Forge Guides for Missional Conversation:
Culture: Living in the Places of GodMission: Living for the Purposes of GodPower: Living by the Spirit of GodVision: Living Under the Promises of God
Foreword by Alan Hirsch
Introduction to the Forge Guides
Using the Forge Guides
Introduction: The Missionary Nature of the Church
Session 1: Living as God's Elect
Session 2: Living as Foreigners and Pilgrims
Session 3: Living as the Body of Christ
Session 4: Living as the Temple of the Holy Spirit
Session 5: Living as the New Creation
Session 6: Living as the Fellowship of the Faith
Appendix: Tips for Having Great Small Group Gatherings
Recommended Resources for Further Study