Going In Jesus’ Name… 2008


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Going In Jesus’ Name… 2008

  1. 1. Newspaper ad for 1914 expedition to Antarctic… <ul><li>Men wanted for Hazardous Journey. Small wages, bitter cold, long months of complete darkness, constant danger, safe return doubtful. </li></ul><ul><li>Honour and recognition in case of success. </li></ul>
  2. 2. Going in Jesus’ Name…
  3. 3. Going in Jesus’ Name…
  4. 4. Going in Jesus’ Name… Again Jesus said, &quot;Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.&quot; (JOH 20:21) (NIV)
  5. 6. The Revelation of God From many gods, & many offerings to one God…
  6. 7. God is one God! <ul><li>DEU 6:4-7 </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Hear, O Israel: The LORD our God, the LORD is one. Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength. These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts. Impress them on your children. Talk about them when you sit at home and when you walk along the road, when you lie down and when you get up… </li></ul></ul>
  7. 8. The Revelation of Jesus Confession of the early church: “Jesus is Lord”
  8. 9. Jesus is Lord! <ul><li>Heresy to the Jews </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How can a man claim to be God? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Or even God’s son? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ACT 2:36 &quot;Therefore let all Israel be assured of this: God has made this Jesus, whom you crucified, both Lord and Christ.&quot; </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>Treason to Rome </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Caesar is god and savior </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Incorporate all gods into the pantheon making Caesar supreme </li></ul></ul></ul>
  9. 10. Going in Jesus’ Name… Again Jesus said, &quot;Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.&quot; (JOH 20:21) (NIV)
  10. 11. &quot;My food…is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. JOH 4:34 <ul><li>How can you be sent by one you do not know? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Sending gives authority </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sending gives power </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Sending gives understanding </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can you “do the will” of someone you do not know? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>When we know someone well, we know his desires </li></ul></ul><ul><li>How can you do something – the will and the work – if you don’t know what it is? </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Is knowledge of God’s plan and purpose real? </li></ul></ul>
  11. 12. The Duplication of Jesus The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch… Act 11:26
  12. 13. <ul><li>“ christos” – “anointed one” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Anointed for a task </li></ul></ul><ul><li>“ christianos” – “little anointed one” </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Little “Christs” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Little “anointed ones” </li></ul></ul>
  13. 14. Church… the “sent people ” of God <ul><li>Father sends the Son </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Redeem </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Exemplify </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Father and Son send the Holy Spirit </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Empower </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gifts </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Trinity sends the Church </li></ul><ul><ul><li>As God’s people </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Ambassadors, emissaries </li></ul></ul>
  14. 15. How do we go? <ul><li>In Power and authority… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ dunamis” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>power </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>“ exousia” </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>authority </li></ul></ul></ul>
  15. 16. How do we go? <ul><li>In true wisdom… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Cultural sensitivity </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Looking for the “person of peace” </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Dependent on the culture </li></ul><ul><ul><li>LUK 9:3-6, 10:3-11 </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Displaying no “superiority” </li></ul></ul>
  16. 17. How do we go? <ul><li>In true humility… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Example of Jesus… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>PHI 2:3-11 </li></ul></ul>
  17. 18. Jesus takes 7 steps down… <ul><ul><li>Made Himself nothing… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Taking the nature if a servant… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In human likeness… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In appearance as a man… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Humbled himself… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Obedient to death… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Death of the cross </li></ul></ul>
  18. 19. Father gives 7 steps up… <ul><ul><li>God exalted Him to the highest place… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Gave a name above every name… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every knee shall bow at the name of Jesus… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In heaven </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>In earth </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Under the earth… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Every tongue confess…Jesus is Lord to the glory of the Father </li></ul></ul>
  19. 20. How do we go? <ul><li>In power & authority… </li></ul><ul><li>In wisdom and weakness… </li></ul><ul><li>In Christ-like humility… </li></ul>
  20. 21. Where do we go? <ul><li>John 4:35 Do you not say, 'Four months more and then the harvest'? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. </li></ul>
  21. 22. Where do we go? <ul><li>&quot;I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.&quot; </li></ul><ul><li>--John Keith Falconer </li></ul>
  22. 23. What do we do as we go? <ul><li>Make disciples… </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Disciple… learning to live my life as if Jesus were living my life – in my time, my culture, my circumstances, my family… </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Dallas Willard’s Divine Conspiracy quote: </li></ul></ul>
  23. 24. Going in Jesus’ Name… <ul><li>My concern… </li></ul><ul><li>“ Between the big things that we cannot do and the small things that we will not do, there remains the very great possibility that we will actually end up doing nothing!” </li></ul>
  24. 25. Going in Jesus’ Name… The Gospel we preach… The Culture we bring… The Noise we encounter… The Static we cause…
  25. 26. <ul><li>“ Fundamentally, our mission… means our committed participation as God’s people, at God’s invitation and command, in God’s own mission within the history of God’s world for the redemption of God’s creation.” </li></ul><ul><li>– Christopher J. H. Wright, The Mission of God, p.23 </li></ul>
  26. 27. Going in Jesus’ Name <ul><li>our committed participation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1CO 3:9 For we are God's fellow workers… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>as God’s people </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>1PE 2:9 But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light… </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>at God’s invitation and command </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>MAT 28:19-20 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you... </li></ul></ul></ul>
  27. 28. <ul><li>in God’s own mission </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>God is on a mission </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>within the history of God’s world </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Not outside of the nasty here and now </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><li>for the redemption of God’s creation </li></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Goal is about all creation </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ROM 8:19 The creation waits in eager expectation for the sons of God to be revealed. </li></ul></ul></ul>
  28. 29. Going in Jesus’ Name… Again Jesus said, &quot;Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.&quot; (JOH 20:21) (NIV)
  29. 30. Going in Jesus’ Name…
  30. 31. Going in Jesus’ Name… <ul><li>To make disciples </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Teaching others – by example and instruction – to live their life as if Jesus were living their life – in their time, their culture, their circumstances, their family… </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To plant churches </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Two or more gathered </li></ul></ul><ul><li>To reach nations </li></ul><ul><ul><li>“ people groups” </li></ul></ul>