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Why God Thinks He Can Use You teaching from the Globe International institute for Global Ministry (IGM) Tuesday 13 January 2009

Why God Thinks He Can Use You teaching from the Globe International institute for Global Ministry (IGM) Tuesday 13 January 2009

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  • Why God Thinks He Can Use You… living in the mission of God For we are God's fellow workers… 1Co 3:9
  • The Mission of God and You Seeing the Big Picture
  • Every generation hears according to their own understanding…
    • Worldview – what is real
    • Beliefs – what is true
    • Values – what is best
    • Behavior – what is done
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  • The Mission of God
    • That His Kingdom be established
      • … that space where what God wants done is done
        • MAR 1:15 "The time has come… The kingdom of God is near. Repent and believe the good news!"
      • The Lord’s Prayer
        • MAT 6:10 your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
    • That the Earth be filled with His Glory
      • A reflection of Himself in character, love and power
        • Ps 72:19 Praise be to his glorious name forever; may the whole earth be filled with his glory. Amen and Amen.
        • Hab 2:14 For the earth will be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea.
  • Living in God’s Mission…
    • shifts our spirituality to active involvement and participation in God's work of bringing reconciliation and restoration.
    • The love and purpose of God is our motivation, His desire for shalom.
    • We become agents of His grace, His love, and the power of His life. Every situation is an opportunity to bring redemption, healing, and wholeness.
  • The Purpose of God
    • Man’s Glorious Place in Creation
      • Ps 8:4-5 what is man that you are mindful of him, the son of man that you care for him? You made him a little lower than the heavenly beings and crowned him with glory and honor.
      • Isa 42:8 "I am the LORD; that is my name! I will not give my glory to another or my praise to idols.
  • 3-Fold Mission of Jesus and the Church
    • Reveal the Father –
        • Joh 1:18 No one has ever seen God, but God the One and Only, who is at the Father's side, has made him known.
    • Destroy the Works of the Devil –
        • 1Jo 3:8b The reason the Son of God appeared was to destroy the devil's work.
    • Save the World (Creation)
        • Joh 3:17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but to save the world through him.
    • Jesus and the Church
        • JOH 20:21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
    • Among every “Ethnos”
        • Rev 7:9-12 After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb. They were wearing white robes and were holding palm branches in their hands. And they cried out in a loud voice: "Salvation belongs to our God, who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.“
        • All the angels were standing around the throne and around the elders and the four living creatures. They fell down on their faces before the throne and worshiped God, saying: "Amen! Praise and glory and wisdom and thanks and honor and power and strength be to our God for ever and ever. Amen!"
  • The Plan of God
    • To have and use a glorious Church
      • Preaching the Kingdom, Luke 10:9
      • Making Disciples, John 15:8
      • Worshipping the King with Joy and Honor
      • Reconciled with God and one another
      • Reconciling others to God, 2 Co 5:18-19
      • Character-Filled Church
      • Praying Church, 1 Timothy 2:1-2
  • The Plan of God
    • To have and use a Glorious Church - cont’d
      • Sending Church, Matthew 28:19-20
        • Ephesians 1:22
        • Ephesians 3:10
        • Ephesians 3:21
        • Ephesians 5:27
    • The Church as “One New Man,” Eph 2:15
  • The Process of God for You How God Puts You in the Big Picture
  • God gathers to send… God sends to gather…
    • Gathered to send; sent to gather.
      • Gathered:
        • Equip
          • 5 fold ministry
        • Encourage
          • Every Believer
        • Empower
          • Holy Spirit
          • Leadership
      • Sent:
        • Gather those whom God is gathering
          • Those whom Jesus gathers…
          • Person of peace (LUK 10:6)
    • JOH 20:21 Again Jesus said, "Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."
  • God uses for His Purpose God Disciplines according to the Anointing God Anoints accord-ing to the Gifts God Gifts accord-ing to the Call God Calls God uses the “Called Ones” even in the process of developing
  • God Calls
    • The Call of God is both a
    • command and a privilege.
    • A command demanding obedience
    • Privilege because we serve the Father
      • Eph 4:1-3 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received . Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace.
  • First order “Call”
    • The call to “being”
      • Who I am
        • God calls us to be and to become:
          • True worshippers
          • True disciples
  • Second order “Call”
    • The call of “doing”
      • As we “become”, we “do”
    • As we become who God wants us to be, we begin to do what God wants us to do
  • God Calls
    • “ Vocation” – Latin… “vocal” vocātiōn- (s. of vocātiō ) a call, summons
        • Ro 8:28 And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.
        • 1Co 1:9 God, who has called you into fellowship with his Son Jesus Christ our Lord, is faithful.
        • 2Ti 1:9 who has saved us and called us to a holy life – not because of anything we have done but because of his own purpose and grace. This grace was given us in Christ Jesus before the beginning of time,
  • God Calls
    • Into an apprenticeship of/with Jesus
      • Disciple has his imagination inflamed with possibilities
      • Cooperative friend of Jesus
        • Life-long learning how to be like Jesus
    • Destiny – non-transferrable assignment from God
  • God Calls
    • Come here
      • Follow
        • Mt 16:24 Then Jesus said to his disciples, "If anyone would come after me, he must deny himself and take up his cross and follow me.
      • Learn
        • Mt 11:29 Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls.
  • God Gifts according to the Call
    • Spiritual Gifts are tools, not toys…
      • At least two kinds:
        • Residual gifts
        • Occasional gifts
        • At least 29 different gifts
        • 3 different listings: ROM 12; EPH 4; 1CO 12
    • Gifts and Calling of God
    • are without repentance
    • Ro 11:29 for God's gifts and his call are irrevocable.
  • God Anoints according to the Gifts
    • Anointing occurs when the Spirit “actualizes” and empowers that which He has previously deposited.
    • God anointed Jesus of Nazareth with the Holy Spirit and power (dunamis) – ACT 10:38
  • God Disciplines according to the Anointing
    • Disciplines & Disciples through
      • His Word
      • The use of men (as disciplers)
      • And circumstances: chastening, tribulation, suffering, etc.
  • Objectives of Discipline
    • Development of:
      • Spiritual Character
      • Spiritual Habits
      • Spiritual Gifts
  • God Uses for His Purpose
    • According to our willingness to be disciplined
    • Purpose of God is to fill the earth with His Glory
    • A reflection of Himself in character, love and power.
  • “Set Apart” for the Work
      • To set apart, to separate by a boundary
      • The setting apart is done by the Holy Spirit,
      • But is recognized by men (ordination)
  • “ The Work” is that which God has commissioned you to do. Ephesians 2:10
  • Vision is the ability to see the “Work” as God sees it.
    • Vision is not enough; it must be combined with venture. It is not enough to stare up the steps; we must step up the stairs.
    • Vaclav Havel
  • Vision
    • Necessity of “the Work”
    • Significance of “the Work”
    • “ Restraint of ‘the Work’”