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Ch.07 god's missionary nature






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    • Introduction to Missiology Ch.7 - God’s Missionary Nature (pp.97-113)
    • God’s Self Revelation…
      • It begins with the fact that God wants to be known by mankind.
      • “ Be still and know that I am God…”
      • It continues with his plan to reconcile man back into an intimate relationship with God
      • “ For God so love the world…”
      Is missionary at its core!
    • God’s Self Revelation…
      • Culminates in…
        • The Birth
        • Life and teaching
        • Death
        • And Resurrection of
      • Jesus Christ
      • “ He is the image of the invisible God…” (Col.1:15-20)
    • The Oneness of God
      • “ The missionary implications of this consistent declaration are both obvious and important. If there is only one God, then…” (p.98)
    • The Only God
      • He is the God of all the earth. If the peoples of the earth are to truly know God, then he is the God they must know. (not Allah, or Shiva, etc.)
      • The worship of other Gods is futile . Our task is to persuade men to turn from idols to worship the living God.
      • People are wholly dependent on the God of the bible, existing by his sustenance .
    • The Trinity [key, unique concept]
      • The Bible uses trinitarian language
      • The exact relationship among the three in one remains a mystery
      • We can affirm
        • God is one
        • The three persons of the trinity are wholly divine and coequal
        • All Trinity is eternal
    • God the Father
      • God is Spirit – no limit to his presence (“God is Spirit…” Jn.4:24)
        • God can be discovered and worshiped anywhere (Ps.139:7-12)
        • The worship of idols is vain and a hindrance
        • God is actively seeking persons to worship him in spirit and in truth
    • God the Father
      • God is Light – a metaphor that implies
        • God’s moral perfection – I John 1:5
        • Eternal salvation – Psalm 36:9
        • Truth and knowledge – John 3:19-21
        • God’s eternal splendor and glory – I Timothy 6:16
        • Self-disclosure of God -
      • Implying for missions a strong…
        • Christian presence – kind deeds and service
        • Gospel proclamation
    • God the Father
      • God is Love – I John 4:8
        • He gives it unmerited and unearned
        • He gives it sacrificially – Christ’s death
        • He is persistent in seeking to love us
        • His love encompasses wrath toward wickedness
      • Implying for missions
        • Radical love confirms the gospel message
        • Love legitimizes kind deeds and service
        • Love takes us to the ends of the earth
        • The coming wrath should arouse our compassion
    • God the Son
      • “ Image of the invisible God.” – point people to him
      • Jesus - the model missionary
        • Christlike mind – (“my will is to do…”)
        • Servanthood – Mk.10:45
        • Identification – (“Oh, Jerusalem…”)
        • Obedience (“Not my will…”)
        • Victorious exhaltation (Stephen’s vision)
    • God the Holy Spirit
      • His ministry and function in missions
        • Indwell – assurance and empowering
        • Teach – understanding God’s will & ways
        • Bear witness to Jesus
        • Convict of sin, righteousness, and judgement – the key to evangelism
      • Continues the work of Jesus through the church - continuity
    • God is Purposeful
      • “ What happens is ultimately according to God’s will and divine purpose” (p.110)
      • God’s purpose is to…
        • Establish and extend his kingdom
        • Unite all things in Christ
        • Involve believers
        • Make the church the realm where reconciliation is experienced
    • God’s Purpose and the Church
      • God’s purpose defines our purpose
      • The fact of his purpose allows the church to offer people meaning and purpose in life
      • History is progressing towards a beneficent goal
      • Knowing God’s purpose helps us to know God himself
    • God’s nature is missional
      • He allows us to go with him as he calls his children from the ends of the earth