Intro

Missions

2 stories, 2 sayings, 2 scriptures, 2 diagrams, 2 strategies 

 

  1. SAYING 1: You've already been sent
    • Missionary God  Isaiah 61:1-3 "He has sent me, to bind up the brokenhearted; He has sent me, to proclaim freedom for the captives; He has sent me, to release from darkness the prisoners; He has sent me, to proclaim the year of the Lord's favor and the clay of vengeance of our God; He has sent me, to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion; He has sent me, to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair." Jesus quotes this about himself in Luke 4.
    • God sends the Son

    • God and the son send the Spirit

    • God, the son, and the Spirit send the church: John 20:21  "'As the Father has sent me, I am sending you"

    • Church is here in Apple Valley because the church has been sent

  2. DIAGRAM 1: Barriers

    • Wall 0: Some concept of Christianity, same language, similar interests, most likely same nationality, similar class group. Most of your friends

    • Wall 1: Average non-Christian: little real awareness or interest in Christianity, suspicious of the church, may have been previously offended by a church or by Christians. Find at local bar or nightclub.

    • Wall 2: No idea about Christianity or fringe subculture or ethnic group with different religious impulses. Also those marginalized by Christianity e.g. gay community. Actively antagonistic toward Christianity as they understand it

    • Wall 3: Ethnic or religious groups with a bad history of the church – e.g. Muslims or Jews. Highly resistant to the gospel.

    • SUMMARY: Wall 0 will come to us - in reach of our churches. Don't make others do the cross-cultural work to come. We go to them. You've already been sent.

  3. STRATEGY 1

    • Prepositions: To (oppression), For (co-dependancy), With (relationship) (God with us)

  4. STORY 1: Antonio

  5. SAYING 2: Where people congregate we operate
  6. STORY 2: Yadira
  7. DIAGRAM 2 & STRATEGY 2: Community shortcut

Conclusion:

1) To whom have I been sent?

Casting Crowns lyrics:

Here in this worn and weary land
Where many a dream has died
Like a tree planted by the water
We never will run dry

So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

Into Your word we're digging deep
To know our Father's heart
Into the world we're reaching out
To show them who You are

So living water flowing through
God we thirst for more of You
Fill our hearts and flood our souls
With one desire

Just to know You and to make You known
We lift Your name on High
Shine like the sun made darkness run and hide
We know we were made for so much more
Than ordinary lives
It's time for us to more than just survive
We were made to thrive

You've already been sent