"The Mission of Christmas" - Genesis 12:1-4


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The message was given on December 8, 2013, at New City Church in Calgary by Pastor John Ferguson. For more info, go to www.NewCityChurch.ca.

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"The Mission of Christmas" - Genesis 12:1-4

  1. 1. “The Mission of Christmas” Genesis 12:1-4
  2. 2. God Gives Us His Words of Eternal Life Today’s Scripture: Genesis 12:1-4 Found on pages 8-9 in our guest Bibles.
  3. 3. What is God’s Mission Statement ?
  4. 4. The Background Story 1 The Creation: Gen 1
  5. 5. The Background Story 1 The Creation: Gen 1 2 The Rebellion: Gen 3
  6. 6. The Background Story 1 The Creation: Gen 1 2 The Rebellion: Gen 3 3 The Corruption: Gen 6
  7. 7. The Background Story 1 The Creation: Gen 1 2 The Rebellion: Gen 3 3 The Corruption: Gen 6 4 The Scattering: Gen 11
  8. 8. “Genesis 1-11 poses a cosmic question to which God must provide a cosmic answer… What can God do next?”
  9. 9. Genesis 12:1 Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you….”
  10. 10. Genesis 12:2 “And I will make of you a great great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing….”
  11. 11. Genesis 12:3 “I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed.”
  12. 12. “What can God do next? Something that only God could have thought of. He sees an elderly, childless couple in the land of Babel and decides to make them the fountainhead, the launch pad of his whole mission of cosmic redemption…
  13. 13. “The call of Abraham is the beginning of God’s answer to the evil of human hearts, the strife of the nations and the groaning brokenness of his whole creation. A new world, ultimately a new creation, begins in this text.”
  14. 14. “…through your offspring all nations on earth will be blessed.” ~ God’s promise to Abraham in Genesis 22:18
  15. 15. Now the promises were made to Abraham and to his offspring. It does not say, “And to offsprings’ referring to many, but referring to one, “And to your offspring,” who is Christ…. ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:16
  16. 16. And the Scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the nations by faith, preached the gospel beforehand to Abraham saying, “In you shall all the nations be blessed.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:8
  17. 17. “ Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us— for it is written, ‘Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree’—so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the nations…. ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:13-14 ” image: Christopher Brown
  18. 18. ~ The Apostle Peter in Acts 3:25-26 You are the sons…of the covenant that God made with your fathers, saying to Abraham, “And in you shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”
  19. 19. God, having raised up his servant, sent him to you first, to bless you by turning every one of you from your wickedness. ~ The Apostle Peter in Acts 3:25-26
  20. 20. Genesis 12:4 So Abram went, as the Lord had told him, and Lot with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he departed from Haran….
  21. 21. “Christians who commit themselves to the mission of God in the world have to start with a certain going out from the world….We need to recognize the idolatrous nature of the world and all its claims and ideologies….
  22. 22. “There is a form of leaving and going that is spiritual, mental, and attitudinal—even when it is not physical….
  23. 23. “For it involves the abandonment of the worldview through which the world tells its own usurped story, adopting, in faith and hope, the worldview of the story we are in—the biblical story of God’s mission.”
  24. 24. Main Idea ! Christmas is about God’s commitment to blessing every nation on the planet in Jesus Christ
  25. 25. Rejoice over the 1 worldwide scope of God’s Christmas mission image: JD Hancock
  26. 26. ~ The Apostle John in Revelation 5:9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation…”
  27. 27. After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb…crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb.” ~ The Apostle John in Revelation 7:9-10
  28. 28. 2 Remember we have been blessed to be a blessing image: asenat29
  29. 29. “And if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s offspring, heirs according to the promise.” ~ The Apostle Paul in Galatians 3:29
  30. 30. We are called to be in the world but not of the world yet for the world.
  31. 31. flickr images courtesy of: JD Hancock: http://www.flickr.com/photos/83346641@N00/5545810212/ asenet29: http://www.flickr.com/photos/72153088@N08/6510934443/ Christopher Brown: http://www.flickr.com/photos/7853490@N07/3531948937/ other images: photos.com: Bob Ainsworth / 96672813