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The Mission of God

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MISSIONS isn't just a church program and missionaries aren't spiritual elites. Missions is more than evangelism in other countries.
Presented by: Mark Tsujimoto at WCCCC 2017

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The Mission of God

  1. 1. THE MISSION OF GOD Genesis 12: 1-3
  2. 2. Common Misconceptions: • Missions is a church program • Missionaries are a spiritual elite • Missions is only about evangelism • Missions always means going to another country
  3. 3. God’s Mission • The church is part of God’s mission’s program • Every believer is a “missionary” • Missions is more than evangelism • Everywhere is a missions field
  4. 4. A Theology of Mission • Matthew 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. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age."
  5. 5. THE OTHER GREAT COMMISSION Genesis 12:1-3 1 The LORD had said to Abram, "Leave your country, your people and your father's household and go to the land I will show you. 2 "I will make you into a great nation and I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.”
  6. 6. THE CONTEXT CALL, COVENANT, BLESSING
  7. 7. THE CALL A personal invitation by God
  8. 8. THE COVENANT God is faithful, totally trustworthy, it is always “win-win”; it is too good and it’s true
  9. 9. THE BLESSING Nobody blesses like God
  10. 10. ABRAM’S RESPONSE So Abram left, as the LORD had told him; and Lot went with him. Abram was seventy-five years old when he set out from Haran.
  11. 11. GOD KEEPS HIS PROMISES Promise is repeated. Promise is made to Isaac, Jacob Blessing to Abraham & heirs Blessing to those they interact with. Promise extends to us as children of Abraham
  12. 12. We are children of Abraham! 6 Consider Abraham: "He believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.“ 7Understand, then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. 8The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: "All nations will be blessed through you.“ 9 So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.
  13. 13. You are all sons of God through faith in Christ Jesus, 27for all of you who were baptized into Christ have clothed yourselves with Christ. 28There is neither Jew nor Greek, slave nor free, male nor female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus. 29If you belong to Christ, then you are Abraham's seed, and heirs according to the promise. Galatians 3
  14. 14. What does this look like? The place God calls you to is the place where your deep gladness and the world’s deep hunger meet. Frederick Buechner
  15. 15. OUR IDENTITY 10 For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago, that we should walk in them. Ephesians 2
  16. 16. UNDERSTANDING THIS VERSE • Poiema- “work of art”; poetry; Masterpiece • Ktisthenes- created; as by an artist; as God created universe; new creation • Epi- for the purpose of, movement ending up at a specific spot • Prontoimasen- prepared beforehand by God • Peripatesomen- walk a path
  17. 17. GOD’S BLESSING IS YOUR S.H.A.P.E. • SPIRITUAL GIFTS • HEART-PASSIONS • ABILITIES • PERSONALITY • EXPERIENCES How has GOD blessed you? How can you bless the world?
  18. 18. “WALKING IN GOOD WORKS” God does nothing except in response to believing prayer. Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can. I the chief of sinners am, but Jesus died for me. Often attributed to John Wesley
  19. 19. William Carey
  20. 20. HOW DO YOU EXPLAIN BACH’S SUCCESS? JJ -“Jesu juva!” JESUS! HELP! SDG – “SOLI DEO GLORIA”
  21. 21. Wilson Greatbatch
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  23. 23. HIPPO ROLLER
  24. 24. PLAY PALLET
  25. 25. IKEA FLAT PACKAGE SHELTER
  26. 26. RACHEL BECKWITH STORY
  27. 27. GOD’S MISSION & ME BECOMING PART OF GOD’S MISSION
  28. 28. THE STORY OF TWO JOSHUAS
  29. 29. JOSH Jr.
  30. 30. JOSH SR. YOUTUBE VIDEO: ALEM GENA https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bYbvQj1pHho
  31. 31. RECAP: GOD’S MISSION • Global, Universal, Inclusive, Personal • Establishing His Kingdom • Bringing His Salvation
  32. 32. DIFFERENT BIBLICAL WAYS OF UNDERSTANDING OUR IDENTITY AS CHRISTIANS • Disciple who is a disciple maker • God’s masterpiece • Blessed to be a blessing • Salt and light • Sheep • Worker in the Master’s fields • Good soil
  33. 33. JESUS’S LAST WORDS 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 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, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  34. 34. GOD’S MASTERPIECE For we are God’s masterpiece. He has created us anew in Christ Jesus, so we can do the good things he planned for us long ago. Ephesians 2:10 (NLT)
  35. 35. BLESSED TO BE A BLESSING ….I will bless you; I will make your name great, and you will be a blessing. I will bless those who bless you, and whoever curses you I will curse; and all peoples on earth will be blessed through you.” Genesis 12: 2b-3
  36. 36. SALT AND LIGHT 13 “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. 14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
  37. 37. SHEEP vs. GOAT 34 “Then the King will say to those on his right, ‘Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world.35 For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in,36 I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me. 40 “The King will reply, ‘Truly I tell you, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers and sisters of mine, you did for me.’
  38. 38. WORKER IN THE FIELD 35 Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, proclaiming the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness. 36 When he saw the crowds, he had compassion on them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd. 37 Then he said to his disciples, “The harvest is plentiful but the workers are few. 38 Ask the Lord of the harvest, therefore, to send out into his harvest field.”
  39. 39. GOOD SOIL …“A farmer went out to sow his seed. 4 As he was scattering the seed, some fell along the path, and the birds came and ate it up. 5 Some fell on rocky places, where it did not have much soil. It sprang up quickly, because the soil was shallow. 6 But when the sun came up, the plants were scorched, and they withered because they had no root. 7 Other seed fell among thorns, which grew up and choked the plants. 8 Still other seed fell on good soil, where it produced a crop—a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown. … 23 But the seed falling on good soil refers to someone who hears the word and understands it. This is the one who produces a crop, yielding a hundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.”
  40. 40. GOAL: WORLD CHRISTIAN Ordinary believers whose lives have been transformed by an extraordinary vision. They have captured and been captured by that vision. They see the world as God sees it. They understand and feel the pain caused by sin but are also thrilled by what God has done and is doing to establish His Kingdom and fervently desire to be a part of it.
  41. 41. SIX WAYS TO GET INVOLVED IN MISSIONS “OBEYING GREAT COMMISSION” BLESSING THE WHOLE WORLD
  42. 42. HOW CAN I GET INVOLVED? • LEARN • PRAY • GO • SEND • WELCOME • MOBILIZE.
  43. 43. LEARN Read a missionary biography. Pray for people you see in world news reports. Take a course like KAIROS Use the internet to explore different areas of the world. Visit JoshuaProject.net. Attend Mission Conference like Urbana or CMC Do an internship at a missions agency or missions committee.
  44. 44. PRAY • Sign up to receive prayer letters or e-mail updates from missionaries and pray regularly for them. • Join or start a prayer group through your church or among your friends. • Check out: Operation World, Joshua Project, Global Prayer Digest • View J. Edwin Orr Prayer and Revival (YouTube)
  45. 45. GO! • Go on a short-term cross-cultural trip with your church or college group. • Use your profession to share the good news and Christ’s love among the nations. • Contact a few mission agencies to see how they might utilize your skills short term or long term. • Use your skills in overseas opportunities.
  46. 46. SEND • Pray about a missions worker God might want you to encourage. • Create a local sending group. Consider sending care packages. • Encourage a missions worker by e-mail, Facebook®, telephone or Skype® webcam call. • Share a meal, your professional skills, a car or guest room with a missions worker. • Financially support a missionary or project. • Plan a trip with your life group to visit missionaries where they serve. • Start/join a home ministry team to encourage/support a missionary. • Welcome missionaries home in practical ways. • Help retire debt of recent grads who want to be missionaries.
  47. 47. WELCOME • Become a friendship partner with an international student through organizations like International Students Inc. • Introduce yourself to internationals in your neighborhood or while shopping. • Start an English class for internationals at your church. • Volunteer at a refugee outreach. • Connect with a local welcome ministry to a specific people group.
  48. 48. MOBILIZE • Advocate for a people group or a cause. • Invite friends to an internationally-focused class or event. • Volunteer with a mission organization. • Invite a friend to join you on a short-term trip. • Help bring a global vision course like Kairos to your church. • Invite The Traveling Team to your campus ministry. • Start a Global Ministry Group where people can learn about missions.
  49. 49. HOW GOI CAN HELP YOU • KAIROS COURSE-30 hr. Mission course • Our website: www.gointl.org • Avance- summer cross-cultural course • MIT- Mission Intercultural Training-Thailand • STM- Mexico City; Uganda • Consultation

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