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Home Missions

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Home missions describes work of those who start churches or do para-church work, to support the church in spreading the gospel. Presentation for sermon delivered 11/1/2015 at Providence Assembly of God.

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Home Missions

  1. 1. Home Missions What doesTHAT mean?
  2. 2. Marching Orders
  3. 3. TheGreat Commission Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 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.” Matthew 28:18-20
  4. 4. Missions Got it. All Nations Make disciples Go Baptizing Teaching
  5. 5. But wait! There’s more. “But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.” Acts 1:8
  6. 6. The Plan Providence • Local • Regional • Outsiders • TheWorld
  7. 7. Wedon’tlikeSamaritans. Paula Modersohn-Becker, 1907 SAMARIA?? Butwait.SAMARATIANSlivethere.
  8. 8. 930 BC. Israel split into Northern and Southern Kingdoms Nation of Israel splits Divided Kingdom 930 BC
  9. 9. 722 BC. Northern Kingdom taken into Captivity by theAssyrians 930 BC 722 BC
  10. 10. Assyrians settled in what was the Northern Kingdom. Their intermarriage withJews created the Samaritans.
  11. 11. Jews didn’t like Samaritans, butJesus didn’t care. Remember the woman at the well?
  12. 12. Now what? So they waited.
  13. 13. Holy Spirit comes
  14. 14. Peter Preaches http://www.slatoffsculpture.com/sculpture/liturgical/stpeterpreachingatpentecost/
  15. 15. 1,151 people 2014 in Bangladesh
  16. 16. Instant Mega-Church. Now what?
  17. 17. Follow the directions! Do it like Jesus did. [The new believers] devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common.They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts.They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God… Acts 2:42-47 Make disciples Baptize Teach
  18. 18. The church grows! 3000 plus more daily [They were together praising God]and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved. Acts 2:47
  19. 19. Many of the 3000 new believers went home and the gospel went with them.
  20. 20. TheChurch Grew as PeopleShared their New Faith
  21. 21. Remember the directions! Forgetting something, folks? Jerusalem Judea Samaria and to the uttermost. Remember the directions!
  22. 22. There is a bigger plan A great persecution arose against the assembly which was in Jerusalem in that day. They were all scattered abroad throughout the regions of Judea and Samaria, except for the apostles. Acts 8:1
  23. 23. Those who had been scattered preached the word wherever they went. Acts8:4
  24. 24. Philip went down to a city in Samaria and proclaimed the Messiah there. Acts8:4 HealsomettheEthiopian Eunuch,whobroughtthe gospeltoAfrica. Philip Philip
  25. 25. Persecution spread the church Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. Acts 11:19
  26. 26. Expanded beyondJews toGreeks 19 Now those who had been scattered by the persecution that broke out when Stephen was killed traveled as far as Phoenicia, Cyprus and Antioch, spreading the word only among Jews. 20 Some of them, however, men from Cyprus and Cyrene, went to Antioch and began to speak to Greeks also, telling them the good news about the Lord Jesus. 21The Lord’s hand was with them, and a great number of people believed and turned to the Lord. Acts 11:19-21 and the church grew!
  27. 27. Note that men fromCyprus andCyrene went to Antioch to share with Greeks Lucius? From Cyprus
  28. 28. People from Cyrene were at Pentecost. The persecution sent people to Cyprus.
  29. 29. The church in Jerusalem hears the news and needs to see what is going on. 22 News of this reached the church in Jerusalem, and they sent Barnabas to Antioch. 23 When he arrived and saw what the grace of God had done, he was glad and encouraged them all to remain true to the Lord with all their hearts.24 He was a good man, full of the Holy Spirit and faith, and a great number of people were brought to the Lord. 25 Then Barnabas went toTarsus to look for Saul, 26 and when he found him, he brought him to Antioch. So for a whole year Barnabas and Saul met with the church and taught great numbers of people. The disciples were called Christians first at Antioch. Acts 11:22-26 Barnabas Saul
  30. 30. The church is growing!!
  31. 31. How is it growing? Christians sharing their faith.
  32. 32. Antioch becomes a sending church Now in the church at Antioch there were prophets and teachers: Barnabas, Simeon called Niger, Lucius of Cyrene, Manaen (who had been brought up with Herod the tetrarch) and Saul. While they were worshiping the Lord and fasting, the Holy Spirit said, “Set apart for me Barnabas and Saul for the work to which I have called them.” So after they had fasted and prayed, they placed their hands on them and sent them off. Acts 13:1-3
  33. 33. Paul’sThree Missionary Journeys
  34. 34. Churches are planted all over the region.
  35. 35. Paul, with others, expanded the mission to include the Gentiles Jews,Samaritans Greeks,Gentiles
  36. 36. MarchingOrders  Go  Make disciples  Baptize  Teach  Jerusalem  Judea  Samaria  On to the uttermost
  37. 37. PAG Disciples What about the rest of the world? That’s where foreign missions comes in.
  38. 38. When a church was planted, the people spread the gospel.
  39. 39. AsGod led, people were sent from churches to other places to spread the gospel.
  40. 40. NewTestament ChurchGrowth: Guiding Principles Share the Gospel with others. Send others where you can’t go.
  41. 41. How does all this relate to Home Missions? Evangelism Outreach Missions Let’s clear up some terminology first.
  42. 42. What’s the Difference? Evangelism Missions Share the Gospel with others Job of all believers Send others where you can’t go. Job of those specially called To go where there is no church to share the gospel and establish churches
  43. 43. Think about it. If the growth of the church in America today solely depended on how you are sharing your faith, how would we be doing? Ouch.
  44. 44. You know it does, right? But I haven’t been to classes and I don’t know the bible really well and I get all tongue tied and I just don’t know what to say. And you’re thinking…. Neither did the early Christians.
  45. 45. Jesus did the hard work already. All you need to know is A B C 1 2 3 ll have messed up and done wrong. ut God sent Jesus to fix that. elieve in Him. He came for you too. onfess your sin (say you’re sorry to God) ome to Jesus. Let’s MakeThis Easy. Your story. The gospel story.    BEFOREI met Christ. HOWI met Christ. SINCE I met Christ.
  46. 46. Now that wasn’t all that hard, was it?
  47. 47. What is the Role of the LocalChurch? Outreach Worship |Teaching | Growing Disciples | Faith Community | Help the Community | Support Missions And the things you have heard me say in the presence of many witnesses entrust to reliable people who will also be qualified to teach others. 2Timothy 2:2 Teaching What you heard from me, keep as the pattern of sound teaching, with faith and love in Christ Jesus. Guard the good deposit entrusted to you. 2Timothy 2:2-3 What use is it, my brethren, if someone says he has faith but he has no works? Can that faith save him? If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Go in peace, be warmed and be filled,” and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? Even so faith, if it has no works, is dead, being by itself. James 2:14-17
  48. 48. It’sALLAbout Opening Doors Evangelism Outreach Missions Sharing the good news about salvation through Jesus with someone who doesn’t know. Sharing the gospel. “…blaze the trail, to pioneer, to initiate kingdom breakthroughs into new areas, and to lay foundations on which others can build.When it comes to extending the reign of God on earth, they … go first.”1 ….set apart for a distinct task that is fulfilled beyond the boundaries of the church.2 require the appointing of individuals to the task of “stepping beyond” the boundaries of the local church’s influence in order to initiate the kingdom where it would not otherwise occur.3 2,3 hMark Naylor 2008 http://impact.nbseminary.com/the-difference-between-missions-and-outreach/1Miley, George. 2003. Loving the Church, Blessing the Nations: Pursuing the Role of Local Churches in Global Mission. Work of the church in the community.
  49. 49. Let’sTalk About Home Missions Home Missions  Missions in MY country Foreign Missions  Missions to OTHER countries
  50. 50. TheGospel Traveled with Explorers
  51. 51. Did you know? 2. http://www.missionfrontiers.org/issue/article/christopher-columbus "O Lord, Almighty and everlasting God, by Thy Holy Word Thou hast created the heaven, and the earth, and the sea; blessed and glorified be Thy Name, and praised be Thy Majesty, which hath deigned to use us, Thy humble servants, that Thy holy Name may be proclaimed in this second part of the earth." When Christopher Columbus landed in 1492, he kissed the ground, named it San Salvador which means Holy Savior, and prayed: “…the colonial enterprise was based on the necessity to develop European commerce and the obligation to propagate the Christian faith.” 1. Gerrie ter Haar, James J. Busuttil, eds. (2005). Bridge or barrier: religion, violence, and visions for peace, BRILL. p. 125.
  52. 52. Having undertaken for the Glory of God, and Advancement of the Christian Faith, and the Honour of our King and Country, a Voyage to plant the first Colony in the northern Parts of Virginia; Do by these Presents, solemnly and mutually, in the Presence of God and one another, covenant and combine ourselves together into a civil Body Politick, for our better Ordering and Preservation, and Furtherance of the Ends aforesaid. Mayflower Compact November 11, 1620 Plymouth, MA
  53. 53. John Eliot 1604-1690 • 1631 sailed to America as chaplain • Pastor at First Church in Roxbury MA • Founded schools including Roxbury Latin • 1646 began outreach to Native Americans in Dorchester, MA • Ministered to Native Americans in Massachusetts • 1663Translated the Bible for the Native Americans • First completed Bible published in theWestern Hemisphere
  54. 54. George Whitfield 1714-1770 • Met Christ through CharlesWesley • Preached 18,000 sermons in England and the 13 US Colonies • Spoke to crowds of thousands • Took offerings for an orphanage • Began the Great Awakening 1730-1740
  55. 55. Jonathan Edwards 1703-1758 July 8, 1741 • Pastor in Connecticut • Preached during Great Awakening & published sermons • Famous sermon: Sinners in the Hands of an Angry God • Author – Life of David Brainerd • Missionary to Native Americans David Brainerd (1718–1747) Missionary to Native Americans Biography influenced William Carey, Father of Modern Missions
  56. 56. SarahAllen 1764–1849 • Born a slave inVirginia • Freed in 1800 • Established the American Methodist Episcopal Church • Used her home in PA to house slaves on the underground railroad
  57. 57. 5WilliamsCollegeStudents Williamstown, MA Influencedby writers ofthe GreatAwakening Impact 1806 The Haystack Prayer Meeting • Student Movement • Intervarsity Christian Fellowship • American Bible Society • 1808 Formed American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions • 1812 sent five missionaries to Burman & India
  58. 58. American Home Mission Society Founded in New York, 1832 "to preach the Gospel, establish churches and give support and ministry to the unchurched and destitute.” http://babel.hathitrust.org/cgi/pt?id=umn.31951002320528m May, 1849
  59. 59. American Missionary Association Members from • American Board of Commissioners for Foreign Missions • American Home Mission Society Established in 1846 to • abolish slavery • educate African Americans • promote racial equality • promote Christian values Abolitionists Disagreed with their tolerance of slavery and formed their own mission.
  60. 60. Wesleyan Methodist GospelCar 1890 to 1921 The aim was to pass on the Gospel in a rural setting, which would then be carried into the towns and cities.
  61. 61. AimeeSemple McPhearson 1890-1944 -Pentecostal Evangelist -Radio Host -Founder of FoursquareChurch -Used media to get the message out
  62. 62. David Wilkerson 1931-2011 • Young Pastor in PA • Went to NYC street gangs 1959 • FoundedTeen Challenge • Times Square Church
  63. 63. In our neighborhood! Teen Challenge Women’s Home JACQUI STROTHOFF Founder & Executive Director
  64. 64. Assemblies of God Home Missionaries
  65. 65. Serving Locally
  66. 66. Our Job Today GO-Tell 123/ABC Local /Regional Include “Others” Send &Support "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard?And how can they hear without someone preaching to them?And how can anyone preach unless they are sent? Romans 10:13-15a Home Missions. It Matters.

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