Group Plan - The Future of Mission

Message Text: Hebrews 13:11-14
Message Theme: Though the church has experienced a millennium and a half at the center of power and influence, we find ourselves in a new place: at the margins. And this new place holds all kinds of promise for the future of God's mission.

Group Discussion Questions

  1. Have you ever returned to a church where years ago you were once a member, or perhaps just visited, and found it to be much smaller, with many fewer present than you remembered?
    Were you surprised at the remarkable change you observed?
    Are you aware of a once dynamic church which is not even there anymore?
    Why do you think these things have occurred?
  2. Tell about your most memorable experience on a mission trip or involved in God's mission.
    What makes it so memorable?
  3. What did effective missions look like in 1950's America?
    Do you believe those efforts would be as effective today?
    Why or why not?
  4. How do you feel about the church's loss of power and influence in culture?
    Do you tend to see the marginalization of the church as an opportunity or a challenge?
    Why do you see it that way?
  5. Read Hebrews 13:11-14.
    What do you discover about God in this passage?
    What is the writer's application for the church in this passage?
  6. How has the church in Rwanda (including Caleb & Jenny Beck) experienced marginalization following the genocide in 1994?
    How do you think it might impact the missionary efforts of the Becks and others today?
  7. Had you heard the story of St. Paul's Chapel following 9/11 before?
    How is St. Paul's response to 9/11 instructive for our church as we go on mission?
  8. How do you see the church's loss of power differently following this sermon?
    How does Hebrews 13:11-14 help you re-imagine your role as a missionary in America in 2018?
    How does it change your Monday?