Over the past decade there has been a lot of talk around the topic of missional. But after all the talk and attempts are over, Hugh Halter, in his new book FLESH: Bringing the Incarnation Down to Earth, brings us to the core of the conversation, which is; will we live like Jesus or not?
In FLESH Hugh not only calls us back to real discipleship, which is modeling our human life after the human life of Jesus, but he gives us a pattern to follow Jesus in daily life.
What I like most about the book is that Hugh doesn't just stop with calling people to live incarnationally, but he argues that we were meant to do this together and moves on to give a practical pathway to get people into incarnational communities. This is why if you get people to be incarnational, missional will happen naturally.
How I would suggest you use FLESH:
Start reading groups of Flesh in your church and focus your small groups on it for a season. Then after the reading is over, consider taking your church through the 21 Days of Flesh Campaign which will give you 4 incarnational sermons, 21 daily incarnational devotions and which leads to the 22nd day where you can begin to pilot incarnational communities using Hugh's TK Primer which tens of thousands have already used with incredible success.
Don't just let this be another book. Hugh is giving you and your church a way to really disciple your people on how to live as a human in a human world. As Hugh reminds us, Jesus didn't just come to earth to die for you sins, He also came to teach you how to be human.
One final thought, on Feb 30th, go to Missio.us and you'll see the "21 Days of Flesh Campaign" banner. Click on the banner and you'll find out how to move forward. For now, I would simply buy a case of books and get your people reading!