For the past decade or so Renovator Ministries has been keenly interested in helping the body of Christ take on the character of Christ as an Apprentice of the Master Jesus. During that time we have offered copious amounts of thoughtful material on facilitating the apprentice process individually and corporately within this blog, all of which is available at any time through our archives and videos.
Additionally we have participated in many Spiritual Formation conferences and offered workshops and consultations to churches around the country.
For the past several months we have been listening and not writing. It has been a rich time of ministry direction and ministry from the Master.
Many revelations have come out of this process all centered around the neighborhood, yes right where you and I live.
Some of what Jesus impressed upon me and confronted me with was:
- As a believer is your purpose living in a neighborhood just to have a place to shelter?
- If you believe it is more than that, what is your purpose in the neighborhood where Jesus has placed you?
- Do you sense a purpose that may involve you intentionally loving your neighbors in word and deed?
- If so what does that look like to you?
- How does the great commandment, (COMMANDMENT ) in Matthew 22: 37-39 play out in your life as a neighbor?
- How does the great commision, yes your commision you HAVE BEEN commissioned, in Matthew 28:19-20 play out in your life as neighbor?
Frankly this has been rolling around in my heart and mind and ACTED upon in my neighborhood for the past two years. The Master has now told me to kick it out to all of you and begin to encourage you to make your neighbors your mission.
For the foreseeable future we will be writing about hands on stories of the active neighborhood mission the Master has me on in hopes of encouraging you to step out and honor the command and commission Jesus has given you as his apprentice. You will see what a fabulous spiritual discipline this is in furthering your Spiritual Formation to Christlikeness.
In addition to the in the trenches stories from the front lines I want to commend to you the book The Neighboring Church by Rick Rusaw and Brian Mavis as a tremendous resource in getting you moving forward in fulfilling the orders of your commission Christ has given to you.
Let’s get to work BELOVED!