Fall Circuit Retreat · Reference

Expanding on the 2022 Pastors’ Retreat

Dr. Glenn Fluegge, Director of the Cross-cultural Ministry Center with Concordia University in Irvine and pastors’ retreat presenter extraordinaire

Our guest presenter, Glenn Fluegge, sent the following regarding Grounding Our Mission in God’s Mission: A Theology of Mission for Unsettling Times (note, he shares a total of 2 documents and 2 links to books below, followed by his analysis of some Mission Bridge Metaphors):

Some of the guys asked if there were some more readily accessible resources by Chris Wright.

I’ve attached an article that he wrote that summarizes his book.

Also, this book by Wright is a bit shorter and more accessible. It’s not the same thing, but he picks up themes that he had already developed in The Mission of God (that’s the big thick one).

As I said, I don’t agree with everything Wright says, but he has made me think differently about the grand narrative of the Bible, something that I think could be very helpful in our congregations.

It was good to be with brothers in the ministry! 
Blessings,

Glenn Fluegge

P.S. Oh, and here’s the Lessing article on Mission in the OT:

Here are some of the MBM’s we’ve discussed in class. This is just the beginning of a list. I think we’ve come up with others, but this is what I’ve jotted down for the time being. If you think of any others, let me know, please!

Sent
John 20:21, “Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’”

  • Advantage:
    • We are a part of something so much bigger.
  • Disadvantage:
    • Might think this verse applies to just the apostles.
    • Might seem like an obligation—could lead to missions being about obedience.
    • Does not clearly show that we are not alone in this mission (that He is going to be present and working through us).

Empowered
Acts 1:8, “You will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you…”

  • Advantage:
    • Not left to our own strength. His presence and power are working through us to accomplish His mission.
  • Disadvantage:
    • If you don’t feel powerful, you will think yourself inadequate and ill-equipped for mission.
    • Could neglect one’s vocation.

Ambassador
2 Corinthians 5:21, “Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us.”

  • Advantage:
    • Sense of privilege – we are representatives of the King and speaking on His behalf.
    • Authority.
  • Disadvantage:
    • In this context it refers to those who have been called to the ministry.

Called
Mark 1:17, “And Jesus said to them, ‘Follow me, and I will make you become fishers of men.’”
Acts 16:10, “And when Paul had seen the vision, immediately we sought to go on into Macedonia, concluding that God had called us to preach the gospel to them.”

  • Advantage:
    • Gives a great sense of purpose.
  • Disadvantage:
    • One might say, “I’m not called.”
      • Rely on the pastor to do it.
    • Could be confusion with the word “called.”
      • Called to the office of the public ministry? Vocation?

Servant/Slave
Romans 1:1

Vessel/Instrument
Acts 9:15, “But the Lord said to him, ‘Go, for he is a chosen instrument of mine to carry my name before the Gentiles and kings and the children of Israel.’”
2 Corinthians 4 – treasure in jars of clay
Jeremiah 18

Witness
John 1:7, “He [John the Baptist] came as a witness, to bear witness about the light…”
Acts 1:8, “… and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”

Make Disciples
Matthew 28:19, “Go therefore and make disciples of all nations…”

  • Obedience to a command.

Priesthood
1 Peter 2:9, “But you are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for his own possession, that you may proclaim the excellencies of him who called you out of darkness into his marvelous light.”

Messenger
Romans 10:14-15, “… And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, ’How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!’”

Steward
1 Corinthians 4:1, “This is how one should regard us as servants of Christ and stewards of the mysteries of God.”
2 Timothy 1:12, “But I am not ashamed, for I know whom I have believed, and I am convinced that he is able to guard until that Day what has been entrusted to me.”

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