Our Churches Aren't Missional Because We've Taught People to Be Afraid to Die Justin Taylor Justin Taylor Blog | May 14, 2012 FB Share Tweet Jeff Vanderstelt: Comments: Opinion: Our Churches Aren’t Missional Because We’ve Taught People to Be Afraid to Die | AnythingGospel News May 20, 2012 at 12:43 AM [...] Delicious/christianheadlines/topheadlines Posted in Top Headline News Tags: Afraid, aren't, Because, churches, Missional, Opinion, People, Taught, We've « Rolling pro-life billboards to blanket key states You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site. [...] Shepherd Links – 5/19 | Pastoralized May 19, 2012 at 06:55 AM [...] Our Churches Aren’t Missional Because We’ve Taught People to Be Afraid to Die A short video that will challenge you to challenge your people. [...] Brian C May 17, 2012 at 01:20 PM I don't know if it's fear of dying as much as it focus on living. What I think we've done is change "to live is Christ and to die is gain" to "to live is gain and to die is Christ." So much teaching focuses on self-improvement, living right, avoiding sin, rather than on living with missional purpose, surrendering all and picking up our cross and following Christ. We don't realize that Jesus beckons us to come and die so that we can truly experience life now the way God designed for us to live. Look at what Jesus tells us in the Beautitudes about the pathway to happiness and then compares that to the standard fare served up in churches on Sunday morning. Quauhtli Olivieri May 15, 2012 at 11:43 AM Man, I feel like he is onto something but the clips falls short of the climax to his argument. I want to hear more about how he feels church leaders are taking the place of Jesus for the church body. I think this is a very interesting post that goes along well with the article "More Than a Buzz Word: Wy the Church Shouldn't Make Missional Just Another Trend" from the latest issue of Neue Magazine. Frank Emrich May 15, 2012 at 09:52 AM Wow! Powerful truth brother, thank you. Chris May 15, 2012 at 09:01 AM While I understand and fully endorse Jeff's point, I feel the underlying issue is more than an issue of a willingness to die. We, at least at the church I pastor, have not properly taught our people a missional hermeneutic that encompasses all of scripture. The blessed to be a blessing formula of Genesis 12 has not permeated our congregations in a way that makes mission the driving force of a congregation. It is great to have people who are willing to die, lose sleep, and sacrifice financially in extreme ways. However, I would love to see half of my congregation or more embrace the biblical mandate to simply be a blessing to those around them first.