Ch.20 missionary call and service


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Ch.20 missionary call and service

  1. 1. Introduction to Missiology Ch.20-Missionary Call and Service By William E. Goff
  2. 2. The General Call to Christian Service <ul><li>Based on recognizing God’s gifting of us for service to others </li></ul><ul><li>Based on obedience to the mandate to disciple the nations. </li></ul><ul><li>We are generally called to obediently join God in His work as he invites us, equips us and sets us apart. </li></ul>
  3. 3. Spiritual Gifts and A Missionary Call <ul><li>“ There is close harmony between God’s call and the spiritual gifts he gives his people.” </li></ul><ul><li>God equips us for the task to which he calls us </li></ul>
  4. 4. Apostleship and A Missionary Call <ul><li>Literally – “the ones who are sent” </li></ul><ul><li>Paul was sent to disciple people of all nations </li></ul><ul><li>Apostolic role extends beyond the original “Apostles” – Eph.4:11, I Cor.12:28 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As a gift and vocation </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To complete the Great Commission </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Best to understand it today as the gifting, call, and vocation to take the gospel cross-culturally resulting in disciples and new churches </li></ul>
  5. 5. God’s Sovereign Will and A Missionary Call <ul><li>“ The call of God is not the echo of my nature, but expresses God’s nature. It is a call I cannot hear as long as I consider my personality or temperament. But as soon as I am brought into the condition Isaiah was in (Is.6:8), I am in a relationship to God whereby I can hear his call.” – Oswald Chambers </li></ul><ul><li>All believers are called to serve the will of God – which is that every nation, tribe, and tongue be represented among the people of God </li></ul><ul><li>Some believers are called to cross-cultures to see this occur </li></ul>
  6. 6. The Process of Confirmation <ul><li>Preparation to hear God’s call </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A godly home </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>The desire to be used </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Experiences as a short-term volunteer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Influence of religious leaders </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A sense of God at work in the world </li></ul><ul><li>Awakening to the importance of obeying God’s will – Rom.12:1 </li></ul><ul><li>Sensitivity to the leading of the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><li>Growing awareness of the lostness of the world without Christ </li></ul><ul><li>The confirmation of other believers as we declare the call </li></ul>
  7. 7. Missionary Service and Lifestyle <ul><li>An incarnational witness </li></ul><ul><ul><li>To give up the perks of position, heritage, education, and resources </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>To live among them as a peer </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A servant’s heart </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting for the good of the people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Acting without the demand for recognition or credit </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Trusting God for the results </li></ul></ul><ul><li>A commitment to indigenaity </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Using models an methods that suit the culture </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Placing a priority on leadership development over short-term results </li></ul></ul>
  8. 8. Culture Shock <ul><li>Def: “the reaction experienced when confronted suddenly with living conditions, social customs, language, food and geography radically different from those of one’s customary or habitual lifestyle, presumably of ones national origin.” </li></ul><ul><li>Key sources are different fundamental beliefs regarding </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Time, whether used precisely or loosely </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Community, especially communal patterns of decision-making </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Keys to coping </li></ul><ul><ul><li>A servant’s heart </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Close friendships with nationals and other missionaries </li></ul></ul>
  9. 9. Relationships on the Field <ul><li>Missionaries tend to begin with self-contained strategies </li></ul><ul><li>Networking with other workers and local churches is usually an important key to long-term effectiveness </li></ul><ul><li>Both sets of relationships exert strong influence on the strategy and methodology of the missionary, and demand cooperative labor for the good of each other </li></ul>