A Vision For The World - Part 2


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A series of classes designed to turn you into a "World Christian" by helping you discover the truth of God's unfulfilled global purpose to reach all peoples. It will ignite in you a passion to take action and fulfill your destiny as part of God's plan.

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  • Set the historical stage of Israel:People mad about foreigners/invaders in their midst instead of blessing them.Do you view immigrants the same way?What was God’s purpose in the Roman Occupation/Dispersion?
  • Jesus fully identified with our world and it’s people without altering in any way his own identity and values. This is OUR mission.John 20:21 (New King James Version)21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”
  • And Joseph and His mother[h] marveled at those things which were spoken of Him.
  • 16 So He came to Nazareth, where He had been brought up. And as His custom was, He went into the synagogue on the Sabbath day, and stood up to read. 17 And He was handed the book of the prophet Isaiah. And when He had opened the book, He found the place where it was written:        18“ The Spirit of the LORDisupon Me,       Because He has anointed Me      To preach the gospel tothepoor;      He has sent Meto heal the brokenhearted,[j]      To proclaim liberty tothecaptives      And recovery of sight totheblind,      Toset at liberty those who areoppressed;       19To proclaim the acceptable year of the LORD.”[k]20 Then He closed the book, and gave it back to the attendant and sat down. And the eyes of all who were in the synagogue were fixed on Him. 21 And He began to say to them, “Today this Scripture is fulfilled in your hearing.” 22 So all bore witness to Him, and marveled at the gracious words which proceeded out of His mouth. And they said, “Is this not Joseph’s son?”------------------------28 So all those in the synagogue, when they heard these things, were filled with wrath, 29 and rose up and thrust Him out of the city; and they led Him to the brow of the hill on which their city was built, that they might throw Him down over the cliff.
  • Many times Jesus traveled outside the boundaries of Israel: Samaria, Tyre & SidonCanaanite Woman:But He answered and said, “It is not good to take the children’s bread and throw it to the little dogs.” 27 And she said, “Yes, Lord, yet even the little dogs eat the crumbs which fall from their masters’ table.” Roman Centurion“Assuredly, I say to you, I have not found such great faith, not even in Israel! 11 And I say to you that many will come from east and west, and sit down with Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob in the kingdom of heaven. 12 But the sons of the kingdom will be cast out into outer darkness. There will be weeping and gnashing of teeth.”
  • Right after the triumphal entry. People expected Jesus to overthrow the Romans, but instead he goes to the court of the Gentiles.Isaiah 56:7 (New King James Version)7 Even them I will bring to My holy mountain,       And make them joyful in My house of prayer.       Their burnt offerings and their sacrifices       Will be accepted on My altar;       For My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations.” One of the few times when Christ expressed anger it was the failure to reach out to the nations.How often do we allow our own church programs to crowd out ministry to the unreached? Building programs, lack of strategic focus.
  • The Jews, even disciples cared about Jesus overthrowing the Romans.Only concerned about themselves, which hid the truth from them. Jesus kept telling them He had to die for the sins of the world.Are we like that today?
  • Declares the absolute victory of Jesus and His present lordship over the events of human history.Inaugurates the Jesus using His delegated authority the Church to finish the Great Commission.
  • Why did Christ send the Holy Spirit? Ultimately to help us accomplish the Great Commission.
  • “Therefore those who were scattered went everywhere preaching the word”25 So when they had testified and preached the word of the Lord, they returned to Jerusalem, preaching the gospel in many villages of the Samaritans.Peter:28 Then he said to them, “You know how unlawful it is for a Jewish man to keep company with or go to one of another nation. But God has shown me that I should not call any man common or unclean.45 And those of the circumcision who believed were astonished, as many as came with Peter, because the gift of the Holy Spirit had been poured out on the Gentiles also.
  • Paul was controlled by a holy ambition. Paul is not a local evangelist; he’s a frontier missionary, a pioneer missionary.There are frontier or pioneer missionaries, and there are evangelists. Missionaries cross cultures and learn languages. And frontier missionaries pour out their lives “by word and deed, by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God” to break through thousands of years of darkness and the reign of Satan over a people who do not know the King of kings and the Savior of the world. every church should pray that God raise up many frontier missionaries, and make all of us evangelists.
  • A Vision For The World - Part 2

    1. 1. A Vision For The World<br />Lesson 2<br />By: Aaron Edwards<br />©2010 MissionsPlace.com – http://missionsplace.com<br />
    2. 2. The Covenant of Abraham<br />Israel’s call to bless the nations<br />Old Testament examples of Israel blessing the gentile nations<br />Israel’s overall response to their calling<br />Ignored the prophets<br />God brought persecution to bring about His purposes<br />Quick Review<br />
    3. 3. God’s Purpose Revealed<br />Through The New Testament<br />
    4. 4. Christ: The Greatest Missionary<br />The life of Jesus Christ was the greatest revelation of the Great Commission and how it should be carried out<br />The Major milestones in the life of Christ each have a rich missionary dimension<br />Jesus’ life and ministry revealed the importance of the Great Commission before He even gave it<br />
    5. 5. Philippians 2:7-11<br />“but made Himself of no reputation, taking the form of a bondservant, and coming in the likeness of men. 8 And being found in appearance as a man, He humbled Himself and became obedient to the point of death, even the death of the cross<br />The Incarnation<br />
    6. 6. Simeon’s Prophecy<br />Luke 2:29-32<br />29 “ Lord, now You are letting Your servant depart in peace,       According to Your word;        30 For my eyes have seen Your salvation        31 Which You have prepared before the face of all peoples,        32 A light to bring revelation to the Gentiles,       And the glory of Your people Israel.” <br />
    7. 7. Luke 4:25-27<br />25 But I tell you truly, many widows were in Israel in the days of Elijah, when the heaven was shut up three years and six months, and there was a great famine throughout all the land; 26 but to none of them was Elijah sent except to Zarephath,in the region of Sidon, to a woman who was a widow. 27 And many lepers were in Israel in the time of Elisha the prophet, and none of them was cleansed except Naaman the Syrian.” <br />Jesus’ Nazareth Sermon <br />
    8. 8. Samaritan woman at the well<br />John 4<br />Canaanite Woman <br />Matt. 15:21-28<br />Roman Centurion<br />Matt. 8:5-13<br />Ministry to Gentiles<br />
    9. 9. Mark 11:15-16 (Luke 19:45-46)<br />15So they came to Jerusalem. Then Jesus went into the temple and began to drive out those who bought and sold in the temple, and overturned the tables of the money changers and the seats of those who sold doves. 16 And He would not allow anyone to carry wares through the temple. 17 Then He taught, saying to them, “Is it not written, ‘My house shall be called a house of prayer for all nations’? But you have made it a ‘den of thieves.’”<br />Isaiah 56:7<br />Cleansing TheTemple<br />
    10. 10. Luke 24:45-47<br />And He opened their understanding, that they might comprehend the Scriptures. 46 Then He said to them, “Thus it is written, and thus it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead the third day, 47 and that repentance and remission of sins should be preached in His name to all nations, beginning at Jerusalem.<br />Road to Emmaus<br />
    11. 11. Philippians 2:9-11<br />9Therefore God also has highly exalted Him and given Him the name which is above every name, 10 that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, of those in heaven, and of those on earth, and of those under the earth, 11 and that every tongue should confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.”<br />Psalm 110:1<br />The LORD said to my Lord,         “Sit at My right hand,          Till I make Your enemies Your footstool.”<br />The Ascension<br />
    12. 12. The Great Commission<br />Our Purpose<br />
    13. 13. The Great Commission<br />A series of commands that Jesus gave to His disciples calling them to evangelize the nations<br />Given in all 4 Gospels<br />Matt. 28:18-21, Mark 16:15-16, Luke 24:46-49, John 20:21, Acts 1:8<br />The last words of Christ<br />Last words reveal what is truly important to the individual<br />
    14. 14. Matthew 28:18-21 NKJV<br />And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. <br />Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, <br />teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Amen.<br />
    15. 15. The Great Commission<br />All Nations<br />“Go”<br />Cross cultural boundaries<br />Targeted advance into nations<br />“Nations” = Ethne – People Groups<br />People united together by common bonds<br />Not necessarily bound by countries or borders<br />Must be identified, described, and targeted to create a viable church movement<br />
    16. 16. The Great Commission<br />Lo, I Am With You Always<br />Time is the arena that Christ will use to fulfill the Great Commission<br />It will be fulfilled through the generations<br />His authority is behind us<br />We can have confidence that God is fulfilling His purposes<br />
    17. 17. Matthew 24:14<br />“And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in all the world as a witness to all the nations, and then the end will come.”<br />Can we “hasten” the day of the Lord? - 2 Peter 3:12<br />The devil’s prime strategy is to distract the church from completing this task!<br />
    18. 18. After Christ<br />The Church Fulfilling It’s Role<br />
    19. 19. 5 And there were dwelling in Jerusalem Jews, devout men, from every nation under heaven. 6 And when this sound occurred, the multitude came together, and were confused, because everyone heard them speak in his own language. 7 Then they were all amazed and marveled, saying to one another, “Look, are not all these who speak Galileans? 8 And how is it that we hear, each in our own language in which we were born? 9 Parthians and Medes and Elamites, those dwelling in Mesopotamia, Judea and Cappadocia, Pontus and Asia, 10 Phrygia and Pamphylia, Egypt and the parts of Libya adjoining Cyrene, visitors from Rome, both Jews and proselytes, 11 Cretans and Arabs—we hear them speaking in our own tongues the wonderful works of God.” 12 So they were all amazed and perplexed, saying to one another, “Whatever could this mean?”<br />Pentecost – Acts 2<br />
    20. 20. Persecution of The Church<br />God brought persecution through Saul<br />Forced the Christians to disperse – Acts 8:1,4<br />Philip The Evangelist – Acts 8<br />Samaria<br />Simon the sorcerer – Peter & John<br />The Ethiopian<br />Peter’s Breakthrough – Acts 10<br />Cornelius, vision<br />Antioch – Acts 13<br />First missionary sending church<br />Jerusalem Council – Acts 15<br />
    21. 21. Romans 15:18-24<br />For I will not venture to speak of anything except what Christ has accomplished through me to bring the Gentiles to obedience—by word and deed, 19 by the power of signs and wonders, by the power of the Spirit of God—so that from Jerusalem and all the way around to Illyricum I have fulfilled the ministry of the gospel of Christ; 20 and thus I make it my ambition to preach the gospel, not where Christ has already been named, lest I build on someone else’s foundation, 21 but as it is written, “Those who have never been told of him will see, and those who have never heard will understand.” 22 This is the reason why I have so often been hindered from coming to you. 23 But now, since I no longer have any room for work in these regions, and since I have longed for many years to come to you, 24 I hope to see you in passing as I go to Spain, and to be helped on my journey there by you, once I have enjoyed your company for a while.<br />The Ministry of Paul<br />
    22. 22. The End of Time<br />God’s Plan Completed<br />
    23. 23. Revelation 7:9-10 NKJV<br />After these things I looked, and behold, a great multitude which no one could number, of all nations, tribes, peoples, and tongues, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed with white robes, with palm branches in their hands, <br />and crying out with a loud voice, saying, "Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb!"<br />
    24. 24. It Will Be Fulfilled<br />The Great Commission will be realized!<br />People from the ends of the earth will be in heaven<br />Every Nation<br />Every Tribe<br />Every People<br />Every Tongue<br />Though the Commission is a daunting task, we can be optimistic & confident that it will be fulfilled<br />
    25. 25. How Will You Respond?<br />God wants to use you to write history<br />It is God’s purpose for you<br />Remember how God judged in the past<br />Tower of Babel<br />Israel<br />Church in Jerusalem<br />God might use you to fulfill His will in a way you won’t expect!<br />
    26. 26. Next Week…<br />The Story of His Glory<br />©2010 MissionsPlace.com – http://missionsplace.com<br />