If you were asked to give a list of the top ten Bible passages (with a missional twist) I wonder which ones you would choose. I suspect that most people would come up with John 3:16 or perhaps the Great Commission from Matthew 28:16-20. In a fascinating post, Brian chooses neither of these, but comes up with an intriguing list of Scriptures, here is one example:
These are God’s initial words to Israel at Sinai. They interpret the meaning of Israel’s redemption from Egyptian bondage. The salvation of God is more than liberation from Egypt; it is liberation for the mission of God. The redeemed people of God exist to serve as a missional community that reflects and embodies the character of God in/for/to the nations (cf. 1 Pet 2:9). We must grapple with this text as we seek to inculcate a biblical DNA in our communities.
How do I embody God’s call to mission, holiness, and community? How well does my community of faith reflect the vision of this passage? (read more)
One of the reasons that I enjoy Brian’s blog is the way in which he continually points us to the whole of the Scriptures, not just a few proof texts. I also love the way in which he continually challenges himself and his readers to align themselves with God’s missional purpose.
Which passages would you add to Brian’s list? I think I’d probably add Jesus Nazareth manifesto from Luke 4:16:19 and Paul’s call to Timothy to teach those who would teach others 2 Timothy 2:2