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Making Gospel-centered Decisions in Community

June 19, 2009

Drew Goodmanson shares a good story about how a couple made a gospel-centered decision about moving in community. A great example for all of us. An excerpt:

Recently, in our missional community we have had two families begin the process of searching for a home. Both were considering a location farther away from the community where they could get more home for the money. In our gospel intentional way we asked them what were the motivations behind this. If we are called to be a community on mission with the gospel at the center of everything we do, wouldn’t our decision of where we live profoundly be impacted by this? … What motivates us to move outside the city to buy a bigger home? Comfort? Investment? Safety? If the answer isn’t calling than ultimately this decision is not being made with the gospel at the core…We ultimately need to get down to the heart issues of what motivates people in all our decisions, because if we are not walking in line with the gospel we are worshiping something other than God. These two families have begun to re-consider what they want to prioritize. They recognize that if they moved 20 minutes away it would impact their ability to be gospel intentional. Certainly, if God was calling them to move and their motivation was the gospel at the center, we would embrace this and help them move but our missional community doesn’t see this as the case. These people have been willing to submit this decision and heed the counsel of the community because of the gospel intentionality they desire. (Note: This is not gospel ‘intensity’ these conversations are not heavy-handed or us trying to make decisions for them.) All of us seek to expose our lives to each other and the community around us so that when any decision or circumstance is brought up we examine it through the idea of God’s calling on our life to live as a redemptive people who are servants of our great King…

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  1. Cota permalink
    June 20, 2009 11:10 pm

    in my families own experience as of late, we are facing this question too, how the gospel changes us and literally, where we live. though, after having a discussion with a godly friend, we wish we would have involved our community, that we are apart of and live in, their thoughts and concerns, if any, about us living somewhere else.

    great story and would also add: involve your community THROUGH the process, not just at the end result.

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