Living Missionally Beyond Sunday
by Kerry McRoberts
What does a banker on Wall Street in New York, the owner of Filament Tattoo Company in Indiana, a pastor with a bar stool for a pulpit in North Carolina, and a police officer in Oregon have in common? They all live missionally beyond Sunday!
To live missionally is to daily couple your vocation and life with God’s Mission, and as you check people’s groceries, deposit customer’s checks, patrol a crime-ridden neighborhood, lay a foundation for a home, check a patient’s vitals, or teach a room full of six-year old children how to read, open your life to the good works prepared for you to do before the creation of the world! As you stand in the space between people’s alienation and the reality of the present kingdom of God, you will see people’s lives blessed by God, just like a banker on Wall Street, a tattoo company’s owner, a humble pastor with a bar stool pulpit, and a cop on mission see every day! Imagine, throughout the earth, God working through truck drivers, bakers, soldiers, doctors, and construction workers as they live missionally beyond Sunday!
Paul affirmed that Genesis 12:3— “All nations will be blessed through you,” was “the gospel in advance” (Gal. 3:8). Believers obedient to their calling to live missionally, will see the achievement of the “The Great Commission”: 9 “After this I looked, and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people, and language, standing before the throne and before the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. 10And they cried out in a loud voice: ‘Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb’” (Rev. 7:9-10).
“In the crowded big top of missional books, Living Missionally Beyond Sunday is up there on the highest wire, with Kerry McRoberts tossing from his tightrope wheelbarrow fresh insights on every page, scorning the safety net, and scoring big oohs and aahs from the reader from all the aha moments, ha ha ha!’s, take-aways, and move-forwards.”
Leonard Sweet, author of 70 books, distinguished professor (George Fox University, Drew University, Kairos University, Northwind Seminary), and founder of SpiritVenture Ministries and The Salish Sea Press.
“I am convinced that a revived church is only possible through a rediscovery of our missionary identity. Kerry McRoberts has given us a book that not only re-centers mission for us but does so by engaging in a wonderfully thought-provoking blend of scripture (past) contemporary models (present) and forward thinking (future).”
Brian Sanders, Author and Founder and former Executive Director of the Underground Network; an international fellowship of microchurch incubators creating city-based ecosystems of faith, creativity, and empowered socio-missional enterprise.
“Kerry McRoberts believes that wherever a disciple is, they are always on mission. And to prove it he not only unpacks scripture and contemporary missional literature, but he tells the compelling stories of cops, bankers, tattooists, and a pastor with a barstool for a pulpit. He also interrogates the missional posture of faith communities like the Underground Network, Jacob’s Well, Doxa, and a bunch of third place missions. A practical and informative primer on the mission of God’s people.
Michael Frost, Morling College, Sydney. Author, Shaping of Things to Come, Road to Missional, and Surprise the World.