Ch.07 god's missionary nature


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Ch.07 god's missionary nature

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