Witness Transformational Community

Witness Transformational Community is a 6-session small group Bible study based on CBF’s Mission Distinctives. Sessions 1-3 focus on our Commitments that reflect the values inherent to the Fellowship’s mission engagement: Cultivating Beloved Community, Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ and Seeking Transformational Development. Sessions 4-6 focus on our mission Contexts that describe the primary service areas of CBF field personnel: Global Poverty, Global Migration and the Global Church. Whether you are hoping to spark meaningful conversations about missions in general or about CBF Global Missions in particular, we hope these studies help you and your groups understand the biblical basis for why we practice mission as well as how and where we focus our global efforts.

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study overview and resources

Session One: Cultivating Beloved Community

Session Focus – Ephesians 2:11-22
  • How do faith communities in which God is reconciling us to Christ and to each other look—and how do they act?
  • What vision does God have for our church’s ministry of hospitality?
  • How is our church proclaiming God’s kingdom through our life together?
Cultivating Beloved Community Video

Video coming soon!

After watching the video, as a group, discuss the following question:

  • How does this video either challenge or affirm your understanding of what it means to “cultivate beloved community”?

 

Session Two: Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ

Session Focus – Words and Actions
  • How do we bear witness to Jesus Christ?
  • What do effective witnesses do and say?
  • How does a commitment to God’s mission look and sound?
Bearing Witness to Jesus Christ Video

https://vimeo.com/171396460

After watching the video, as a group, discuss the following question:

  • How does this video either challenge or affirm your understanding of what it means to “bear witness”?

 

Session Three: Seeking Transformational Development

Session Focus
  • How do we seek God’s transformation in our communities?
  • How will God’s transforming ways change us—and the systems and structures of which we are part?
  • How can we maintain a long-term commitment to God’s transforming work in the world?
Session Video

https://vimeo.com/171348605

 

Session Four: Global Poverty

Session Focus
  • What does Scripture teach about poverty?
  • What does poverty look like in our world today?
  • How do we respond to poverty as a church?

From the time of the prophets in Hebrew scripture to the development of the first Christian community, God calls the faithful to respond to systemic poverty.

Jesus said that, “…the poor will always be among us…” How has this frequently-quoted passage affected the way you interact with people who are materially poor in this world?

SESSION VIDEO

https://vimeo.com/171463920

 

Session Five: Global Migration

Session Focus
  • How does our reading of Scripture inform our understanding of human migration?
  • What is the status of global migration in our day?
  • How are we personally challenged on this topic given our current context?

The story of God’s people is a story of people on the move.

SESSION VIDEO

https://vimeo.com/145154687

After watching the video, as a group, discuss the following question:

  • When we see videos of refugees in our country and abroad, we often experience mixed emotions. What kind of emotions do you find in yourself having after viewing such videos?

 

Session Six: Global Church

Session Focus
  • Recall a time when you were able to worship among those of a different culture. What was that experience like?
  • What perceptions and biases keep us from joining God in expanding the global church?
  • What particular strengths or perspectives could ethnic congregations in your community offer you and your church?

God’s Spirit has been at work in surprising ways, building the body of Christ with believers from all over the world.

SESSION VIDEO

https://vimeo.com/171454047

After watching the video, as a group, discuss the following question:

  • Today, what do you think Christians in other countries can teach us about being the presence of Christ in the United States?

 

ADDITIONAL RESOURCES

Learn more about Global Poverty, Migration and Church at www.cbf.net/distinctives

 

check our data from the source

“Overview,” World Bank Group, accessed February 9, 2016, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview 

“Not Always With Us,” The Economist, June 1, 2013, http://www.economist.com/news/briefing/21578643-world-has-astonishing-chance-take-billion-people-out-extreme-poverty-2030-not 

“Overview,” World Bank Group, accessed February 9, 2016, http://www.worldbank.org/en/topic/poverty/overview

Matthew Soerens and Jenny Hwang Yang, Welcoming the Stranger: Justice, Compassion & Truth in the Immigration Debate (Downers Grove: InterVarsity Press, 2009).

Eleur S. Houston, You Shall Love the Stranger as Yourself: The Bible, Refugees and Asylum (New York: Routledge, 2015).

“Migration,” United Nations Population Fund, accessed February 19, 2016, http://www.unfpa.org/migration 

Kate Torgovnick May, “Gallery: Why the Stories of Ellis Island Matter Today,” TED, December 17, 2015, http://ideas.ted.com/gallery-why-the-stories-of-ellis-island-matter-today/ 

“Global Migrant Stocks,” Pew Global, accessed February 9, 2016, http://www.pewglobal.org/2014/09/02/global-migrant-stocks/ 

Kate Torgovnick May, “Gallery: Why the Stories of Ellis Island Matter Today,” TED, December 17, 2015, http://ideas.ted.com/gallery-why-the-stories-of-ellis-island-matter-today/ 

“Infographics,” World Relief, accessed on February 19, 2016, http://static1.squarespace.com/static/5605844fe4b0e668035b7259/t/563a4165e4b0fbea4614ff3d/1446658405466/Infographic.jpg 

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” Pew Research Center, accessed on February 19, 2016, http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/ 

Center for the Study of Global Christianity, “Christianity in its Global Context, 1970-2020: Society, Religion, and Mission,” Gordon Conwell Theological Seminar (2013): http://www.gordonconwell.edu/ockenga/research/documents/ChristianityinitsGlobalContext.pdf 

“America’s Changing Religious Landscape,” Pew Research Center, accessed on February 19, 2016, http://www.pewforum.org/2015/05/12/americas-changing-religious-landscape/ 

Krish Kandiah, “The Church is Growing, and Here are the Figures that Prove It,” Christianity Today (2015): http://www.christiantoday.com/article/a.growing.church.why.we.should.focus.on.the.bigger.picture/49362.htm 

“Modern Immigration Wave Brings 59 Mission to U.S., Driving Population Growth and Change Through 2065,” Pew Research Center, accessed February 9, 2016, http://www.pewhispanic.org/2015/09/28/modern-immigration-wave-brings-59-million-to-u-s-driving-population-growth-and-change-through-2065/ 

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