We've collected together all of our Taylor Tuesdays posts into a free e-book.
The downloadable PDF features all 12 Taylor Tuesdays reflections, each featuring:
A quote on mission from J.V. Taylor's Go-Between God
Some commentary and reflections
Questions for you to ponder which connect Taylor's thoughts with your own mission context
The PDF is ideal to use in your own personal quiet time or as a group study.
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What part should intercessory prayer play in mission?
When thinking about prayer, Taylor wants us to understand that it should not be a separate discipline which sits on its own. For him, intercession and action melt into and overlap one another. The act of 'keeping others in mind' before God should naturally lead to engaging in acts of love and service towards them.
This idea of Taylor's is very similar to the monastic idea of 'contemplative activism' - that prayer and action should ...
What role should the gifts of the spirit play in mission?
If mission is ultimately the activity of the Holy Spirit, then it makes sense the the spiritual gifts described by Paul are given with the purpose of enabling God's Mission. For many of us, we are more aware of some of these Gifts of the Spirit than others, depending on our theological background.
For some we are least comfortable with the gifts which could be categorised 'supernatural', holding the view that God ...
How important is listening to sharing faith?
Although J.V. Taylor is mainly describing inter-faith dialogue in this quote, his sentiments could easily apply to any situation in which we find ourselves with an opportunity to share our faith with others. So much of our time, when we think and talk about evangelism, is taken up by discussing what we should share. Followers of Jesus can spend hours and hours talking about how to present our faith relevant and attractive to others.
Taylor wants to suggest ...
How does social change happen?
Over the last couple of weeks, Russell Brand's edition of New Statesman, and his interview with Jeremy Paxman, have been garnering a lot of interest and attention. In the interview, Paxman seemed to be mainly concerned with Brand's refusal to vote, and whether this is really an effective way to bring about change.
For a long time there have been discussions among pioneers about whether change comes from inside or outside of structures. This could apply to both ...
What are the similarities between Taylor's 'little congregations' and fresh expressions of church ?
Writing in 1972, Taylor sees the ultimate fruit of the house-church movement of his time being found in the birth of many diverse 'little congregations'. It's remarkable to see the similarities between Taylor's vision and the many fresh expressions of church which are being birthed as new congregations across the UK and further afield.
Taylor makes three important observations about these little congregations:
They will all be different. Some will be ...
How can we create fertile soil for the seed of Christ to grow?
For J.V. Taylor, joining in with God's Mission is about humility and sacrifice. For the Spirit to be fully able to work through our encounters with others, we must be willing to let our guard down. This means that we need to come to the end of ourselves, or to put it another way: we need to get out of God's way and let the Spirit get to work.
This is ...
How can we be open to ways the Spirit is at work?
Once we recognise the Holy Spirit as the creative power of God in the world, it becomes obvious that the Spirit is present and active everywhere in all kinds of different people and situations.
The question for those of us engaging in mission then becomes 'How can we be open to what the Spirit is doing?'
For Taylor, unless we're able to fully appreciate what the Holy Spirit is up to in ...
How should mission inform church structures?
Taylor suggests that we can compare those engaged in modern day mission to the prophets of ancient Israel. Those called to be prophets often had an incredibly strong personal sense of calling, but often didn't fit into either the religious or political structures of their day at all. He then draws us to consider many of the great missionary figures in church history, and the role that many of them played in challenging the structure and ...
Do you see mission as something engineered or organic?
J.V. Taylor suggests that one of the problems with the modern approach to mission is that it is seen as something which is engineered or built, rather than being seen as the spontaneous, organic activity of the Holy Spirit. He argues that, in reality, the growth of mission more often than not looks more like an explosion, than planned extension. Taylor draws on the rise of Pentecostalism in Latin America as an example ...