This season of Lent, from Sunday, February 18th through Sunday, April 1st, we as a church community will be looking at the book “Surprise the World” by Michael Frost. This book will be tied into our sermons on Sunday mornings as well as made available for both individuals and groups to go through. This week begins week one in our discussion of the first couple chapters in “Surprise the World.” If you would like to follow along on your own, there are books available for pickup in the church office and we will be posting study guides and a video each week to help you follow along. Or join any one of the small groups discussing this book that are meeting at the church: Sunday at 10:20am, Monday at 11:30am, and Monday at 5:45pm.
In chapter one and two we looked at missional habits or “rhythms.” Those habits that we footsore practice in our lives that create and form all that we do and say that reflects upon our relationship with God. “If you want to be a generous, hospitable, Spirit-led, Christlike missionary, don’t just try to learn those values–foster these habits!” As you reflect upon this chapter summary and read through Colossians 4:2-6, Reflect on habits you’ve developed that are related to your Christian faith. To what extent have these practices become familiarized to the point of being routine?
Colossians 4:2-6 New International Version (NIV)
2 Devote yourselves to prayer, being watchful and thankful. 3 And pray for us, too, that God may open a door for our message, so that we may proclaim the mysteryof Christ, for which I am in chains. 4 Pray that I may proclaim it clearly, as I should.5 Be wise in the way you act toward outsiders; make the most of every opportunity. 6 Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone.
Video link for week one: https://vimeopro.com/minnesotaumc/stw
Chapter 1 and Chapter 2 .” Surprise the World: the Five Habits of Highly Missional People, by Michael Frost, NavPress, a NavPress Resource Published in Alliance with Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., 2016, pp. 20–28.