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Missional Spirituality: Embodying God's Love from the Inside Out [Paperback]

Roger Helland , Leonard Hjalmarson , Alan Hirsch
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Oct. 13 2011
If all of the earth is God's domain, why are Christians so terribly provincial? We rarely leave our church buildings, and our spirituality rarely takes us beyond ourselves.

Veteran church leaders Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson observe that Jesus begins his mission in the temple, where he wows the religious elite and chides his parents by saying, "Didn't you know I had to be in my Father's house?" But Jesus doesn't stay in the temple; indeed, in Christ the temple of the Lord is on the move--even to the ends of the earth.

In this book the authors helpfully reconnect spirituality and mission, showing you how the spiritual life, when lived properly, follows a similar progression: we "come home" to Christ, loving him from our heart and soul and mind and strength. And then we set forth to love our neighbors as ourself. Discover how through this process you can reclaim the whole of God's kingdom for his glory and the fulfillment of your heart's longing.

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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
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Roger Helland and Len Hjalmarson convincingly argue that authentic Christian spirituality is necessarily missional. In the process, they firmly bridge any gap between spiritual formation and missional identity that had thus far been evident in the rapidly growing body of missional church literature. The authors root their work in a rich soil of theological reflection which blends the careful study of scripture with a variety of relevant examples from Christian tradition, all the while remaining highly conversant with today's cultural trends and dynamics. To top it off, the authors relay many of their personal life experiences and offer a tremendous array of helpful practices, suggestions, and resources to help the reader, through the Spirit's forming grace, to "embody God's love from the inside out."
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5.0 out of 5 stars Both a thorough and practical guide Nov. 15 2011
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Roger and Len have provided us with a rich resource that is rooted in Scripture, informed by church history and born from the school of hard knocks - no ivory tower academics here! They have done a great service to the church by beautifully weaving together spirituality and missionality. Through the matrix of the Jesus Creed/Shema, they provide a clear pathway forward for Christ-followers to take - a pathway that will continually fuel and form the church to be a people on the move.
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5.0 out of 5 stars MISSIONAL SPIRITUALITY March 9 2012
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MISSIONAL SPIRITUALITY
By Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson

'Missional Spirituality' places the onus directly on every Christian individual and gives a step by step process toward achieving the goal of having a heart filled with God's love. This love will then overflow to those around us around us mushrooming out to neighbors, community, church and ultimately the whole world.

Because the world is constantly changing, we need God and His Word to give us stability and enable us to move forward. We are challenged by the world's effect of the spiritual tension between good and evil as well as the separation of the sacred realm from society as a whole.

Life itself is a gift from God; a gift to be celebrated. Institutional religion can be that of living more in the head and brain than in the body. It can be used to control others producing a missional church but not a missional people.

Modern technology has taken away the knowledge of The Word, which was face to face then in print. Technology has now created individuals who have distanced themselves from the original and left the door open for perversion to creep in. While we need to learn, reflect and obey, we need to engage the culture. All believers are called to be priests empowered by the Spirit to flood the whole world with God's glory, presence and love.

'Missional Spirituality' calls us to action bringing Christ into community and communities to Christ, consistent with many of the early church that practiced religion based on baptism, communion, Scripture, prayer, Spirit and relationships, hospitality and service, community and worship.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Must have book on the missional heart! July 16 2013
By Clint Walker - Published on Amazon.com
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There have been hundreds of books written about the missional church movement. I might have at least a quarter of them in my personal library. This is because I think the one thing of central importance for churches is making the "missional turn" from attempting to attract people to their church to sending out their church members as missionaries and evangelist to "do church" outside the four walls of the local church. Too many churches put a heavy emphasis on gathering, but scatter with very little purpose.

At the same time, it is possible to be focused on being "evangelists", being "missional", and going out into one's community equipped to serve and reach them, and yet have very little spiritual depth as a congregation. The key as a church is to have spiritual depth, and yet at the same time have missional purpose and missional fervor. It is a challenge.

In Missional Spirituality Helland and Hjalmarson attempt to explain what a church with spiritual depth and missional energy might look like. At the beginning of the book, the authors attempt to identify the church within the world it exists in. Then, Helland and Hjalmarson strive to establish a theological foundation for a church that is externally focused. Following this, they seek to identify spiritual practices that equip believers to live their faith in the world, and to allow those believers to grow deeper and more united as a congregation. They base these practices on the Shema, or the Great Commandment. Every practice that they identify helps believers grow to love God and neighbor more powerfully and more holistically.

Missional Spirituality is both inspirational, and instructional. I was inspired page after page. And, I felt the teaching of the authors both comforted and challenged me as a Christian leader. This book just isn't a game changer, it is a life changer. I will return to it often.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Good Entry Point for the Missional Conversation Feb. 8 2012
By Jason Deuman - Published on Amazon.com
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Missional is a buzzword in the North American Church. It's a buzzword with a lot of ambiguity. What does it mean to be missional? What is a missional church? What is a missional follower of Jesus? These are all questions that church leaders are asking. And there are many resources that are trying to provide some clarity to these questions.

Missional Spirituality by Roger Helland and Leonard Hjalmarson is one of these many books. Unlike many of the other texts that I've been reading on the subject. Missional Spirituality builds its foundation on Jesus response to the question, "What is the greatest commandment?" Jesus' reply to this question is, "Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. The second is like it, love your neighbor as yourself."

From this response Helland and Hjalmarson begin to investigate what it means to love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind and strength. They focus on practices that help believers grow in their love for the Lord in all four of these arenas. This is important as it helps people build faith and knowledge about God and move them into living the mission of God. The authors then go into examining what it means to love your neighbor as yourself.

Missional Spirituality is by no means a ground breaking revolutionary text on what the church should be doing to be more "missional". However, it is a helpful text for church leaders and non-church leaders to begin to figure out what it means to live in God's mission of grace and saving the world.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Authentic Christian Spirituality is Necessarily Missional Jan. 8 2012
By Steven Shaw - Published on Amazon.com
Format:Paperback
Roger Helland and Len Hjalmarson convincingly argue that authentic Christian spirituality is necessarily missional. In the process, they firmly bridge any gap between spiritual formation and missional identity that had thus far been evident in the rapidly growing body of missional church literature. The authors root their work in a rich soil of theological reflection which blends the careful study of scripture with a variety of relevant examples from Christian tradition, all the while remaining highly conversant with today's cultural trends and dynamics. To top it off, the authors relay many of their personal life experiences and offer a tremendous array of helpful practices, suggestions, and resources to help the reader, through the Spirit's forming grace, to "embody God's love from the inside out.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Missionaries Must Be Well in Spirit Dec 31 2011
By Dale Fletcher - Published on Amazon.com
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Helland and Hjalmarson remind us that to serve others, to be on mission for God, we must be whole ourselves. The chapters on heart, soul and mind are reminders that we are multi-part beings and that it's critical that we address each aspect of our beings in our self care. This books will be a great motivator to care for yourself so that you can better care for others while on mission for God, our Creator.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Thought provoking Dec 21 2011
By Deema - Published on Amazon.com
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Many books state their theme in the first few chapters and the rest is pretty much repeat and repeat. Not so with this book. Every chapter was interesting on it's own and had valuable information on reaching out to our friends and community instead of huddling in the pew and hopeing someone will come and join me. Good writing style and never boring -it even kept me up nights to get it finished!
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