Ch.02 the purpose of missions

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Ch.02 the purpose of missions

  1. 1. The Purpose of Missions By Gerald Wright
  2. 2. What is the Purpose of Missions? <ul><li>Establishing justice? – Waldron Scott </li></ul><ul><li>Incarnating the gospel? – Charles Kraft </li></ul><ul><li>Worship? – John Piper </li></ul><ul><li>Extending the Kingdom of God? – Leslie Newbigin </li></ul><ul><li>Fulfilling the Great Commission? – William Carey </li></ul>
  3. 3. Our Purpose for Missions - IMB <ul><li>“ Our basic purpose is to provide all people </li></ul><ul><li>An opportunity to hear, understand and respond to the gospel </li></ul><ul><li>In their own cultural context” </li></ul><ul><li>International Mission Board </li></ul><ul><li>of the Southern Baptist Convention, 1995 </li></ul>
  4. 4. Our Purpose – NAMB <ul><li>Covenant for a New Century </li></ul><ul><li>Proclaiming the gospel </li></ul><ul><li>Starting New Testament congregations </li></ul><ul><li>Ministering to persons in Christ’s name </li></ul><ul><li>Assisting churches in fulfilling these functions </li></ul>
  5. 5. The Light of the World - Jesus <ul><li>Old Testament </li></ul><ul><li>“ Here is my servant…a covenant for the people and a light to the Gentiles.” Is.42:1,6 </li></ul><ul><li>New Testament </li></ul><ul><li>“ I am the light of the world.” John 8:12 </li></ul>
  6. 6. Missions and the Light <ul><li>Missions and the Light of the World (6 arenas) </li></ul><ul><li>Proclamation </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Light suggests knowledge vs. dark-ignorance </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ The light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Christ.” II Cor. 4:6 </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Ministry </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acts of kindness – exampled by Jesus </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The word validated by demonstrations of divine power. I Cor.2:4 </li></ul></ul>
  7. 7. Missions and the Light <ul><li>Joy and Hope </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Freedom from fear, guilt, and despair brings joy </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>God’s promises for the future bring hope </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Spiritual Warfare - Prayer </li></ul><ul><ul><li>The world rejects God’s glory and Satan blinds the minds of men – spiritual darkness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>We wage war by a righteous life and vigilant prayer. Eph.6:13-18; Gal.6:9,10; I Pet.3:15 </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Missions and the Light <ul><li>Culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Illuminating nobility and what is valuable </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Christianity transforms the noble aspects of a culture with a selfless motivation of service to Christ </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exposing corruption and wickedness </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>The Word of God judges the evil in a culture </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Community </li></ul><ul><ul><li>True fellowship in the unity of the Spirit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Characterized by love </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. God and the Light <ul><li>God is light – John 1:5 </li></ul><ul><li>Christ is the Light of the World – John 8:12 </li></ul><ul><li>We, as followers of Christ , are to live as lights to the world – Mt.5:16 </li></ul>
  10. 10. Is Everything Missions? <ul><li>No, and the commitments that guard missions peculiar purpose are </li></ul><ul><li>An overarching concern to display the glory of God </li></ul><ul><li>A priority on reaching out to those in darkness </li></ul><ul><li>A commitment to pursue our specific calling without making it the only legitimate expression of missions </li></ul>

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