A Man Named Jesus Once Stood in Our Midst

who do you say that I am, reJesus, missional Christ

"The great English philosopher, John Stuart Mill, once commented that mankind can hardly be too often reminded that there was once a man named Socrates. That is correct, but it is even more important to remind mankind that a man named Jesus Christ once stood in their midst." (Adolf von Harnack, What is Christianity?)

We so easily forget the profound, mysterious, and transformative reality of Jesus Christ. Of Him, the authors of Holy Scripture cannot speak too highly...

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God . . . And the Word became flesh and lived among us, and we have seen his glory... (John 1:1, 14)

He is the image of the invisible God... For in him all the fullness of God was pleased to dwell, and through him God was pleased to reconcile to himself all things, whether on earth or in heaven, by making peace through the blood of his cross.  (Colossians 1:15, 19-20)

He is the reflection of God's glory and the exact imprint of God's very being, and he sustains all things by his powerful word.  (Hebrews 1:3)

I am just about ready to begin writing new exercises and edit old ones for Volume Four: They Had Been With Jesus. I am reading widely (and reflecting deeply) on Jesus, His Presence, His Work, and His WORD... and the invitation to participate in, enjoy, and reorder our lives accordingly.

I am doing this reading, reflection and writing about Jesus as I am doing the same on missional leadership. One of the books that I have most enjoyed about Jesus is the one by Frost and Hirsch, reJesus: A Wild Messiah for a Missional Church

When we do not know that Jesus is a Missional Messiah (and a wild one at that), then the church will not be a Missional Body of Christ, nor will its members be Missional Members of a Missional Body. Too often, the church is not a missional church, nor even a church on a mission nor a church with a mission... mission is simply non-existent. I think reJesus is right when it says such a church does not qualify to be named as a church, and certainly not as a Church Belonging to Christ.

One of the abiding challenges of all who are called to lead in the local church is to be missional leaders of a missional fellowship of friends in the pursuit of God and His Kingdom.

I think we not only need to remind the world there was once a man named Christ who stood in our midst.

We need to remind the church that there was and is a Missional Messiah named Jesus Christ... and he is still sending us out on His Mission.

Would you pray for those who give such leadership, that we would be missional leaders who are friends with the missional Messiah, mobilizing a missional church for the Great Commision.

Brian K. Rice
Leadership ConneXtions International

BrianRice@lcileaders.org