Gospel Identity – Week 5 – We are Missionaries

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September 3, 2016

Gospel Identity – Week 5 – We are Missionaries

Gospel Identity – Week 5 – We are Missionaries

Family on MissionWhat is the Gospel?

Jesus Did it all, is doing it all and will not stop until it is complete.

The 4 questions

Who is God?
What did He do?
Who are we?
What do we do?
Whatever God does to you, he also plans to do through you.
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, 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.
Baptized in The Father
Who is God? – He is Father!  
What He has done? —sent His son to die for us, the children of wrath
Who are we? — Children of God, family as we are brought into the salvation of Jesus. Dearly loved by God when you were his enemy. 
What we do? — If you are his beloved, you will Love Others as Family (just as he loved you)
Baptized in The Son
Who is God? – He is King of Kings
What Has he done? – He has Purchased us
Who are we? – We are His Servants
What do we do? – We serve others.
Today I want us to look at the third part of our Baptismal Identity

Opening Question?

What is the idea in your mind when you hear the word missionary?
Foreign field? Mission Trips? Mormons?
“Every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor.”
Let that sink in for a minute. Quite a bold statement, isn’t it? This is a quote from the famous 19th Century British pastor and theologian, Charles Haddon Spurgeon. He pastored one of the first megachurches of the modern era, The Metropolitan Tabernacle, in London. Thousands of people came to faith under his ministry and it’s estimated that he preached to upwards of 10 million people over the course of his life.
So, why would he say that every Christian is either a missionary or an impostor? Is he saying that every true follower of Christ should pack up their bags and move to Africa and become a missionary? That’s what a missionary is, right?

What is a Missionary?

A Missionary is one sent by God to deliver a message.

What is the Message?

The Gospel!  The Good News!

God is a Missionary God!

11 “‘For this is what the Sovereign Lord says: I myself will search for my sheep and look after them. 12 As a shepherd looks after his scattered flock when he is with them, so will I look after My sheep. I will rescue them from all the places where they were scattered on a day of clouds and darkness. 13 I will bring them out from the nations and gather them from the countries, and I will bring them into their own land. I will pasture them on the mountains of Israel, in the ravines and in all the settlements in the land. 14 I will tend them in a good pasture, and the mountain heights of Israel will be their grazing land. There they will lie down in good grazing land, and there they will feed in a rich pasture on the mountains of Israel. 15 I myself will tend my sheep and have them lie down, declares the Sovereign Lord. 16 I will search for the lost and bring back the strays. I will bind up the injured and strengthen the weak…
 
What God does to you He wants to do through you.

Jesus is sent into the World

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

Jesus is Baptized

When all the people were being baptized, Jesus was baptized too. And as he was praying, heaven was opened 22 and the Holy Spirit descended on him in bodily form like a dove. And a voice came from heaven: “You are my Son, whom I love; with you I am well pleased.

Jesus is led by the Holy Spirit

Jesus, full of the Holy Spirit, left the Jordan and was led by the Spirit into the wilderness,
 
Remember the power that Jesus used to defeat temptation was the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.

Jesus is Empowered by the Holy Spirit

Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about him spread through the whole countryside. 15 He was teaching in their synagogues, and everyone praised him. 16 He went to Nazareth, where He had been brought up, and on the Sabbath day He went into the synagogue, as was His custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was handed to him. Unrolling it, he found the place where it is written: “The Spirit of the Lord is on Me, because He has anointed Me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to proclaim freedom for the prisoners and recovery of sight for the blind, to set the oppressed free, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.”
Jesus ministers and speaks by the Holy Spirit
31 The one who comes from above is above all; the one who is from the earth belongs to the earth, and speaks as one from the earth. The one who comes from heaven is above all. 32 He testifies to what he has seen and heard, but no one accepts his testimony. 33 Whoever has accepted it has certified that God is truthful. 34 For the one whom God has sent speaks the words of God, for God gives the Spirit without limit.
Fast forward Jesus has died on the cross

Jesus sends us with the Holy Spirit

On the evening of that first day of the week, when the disciples were together, with the doors locked for fear of the Jewish leaders, Jesus came and stood among them and said, “Peace be with you!” 20 After he said this, he showed them his hands and side. The disciples were overjoyed when they saw the Lord. 21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that He breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.

We are empowered by the Holy Spirit

Act 1:8
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.

We are to speak in the power of the Holy Spirit

When the day of Pentecost came, they were all together in one place. 2 Suddenly a sound like the blowing of a violent wind came from heaven and filled the whole house where they were sitting. 3 They saw what seemed to be tongues of fire that separated and came to rest on each of them. 4 All of them were filled with the Holy Spirit and began to speak in other tongues as the Spirit enabled them.
Then Peter stood up with the Eleven, raised his voice and addressed the crowd: “Fellow Jews and all of you who live in Jerusalem, let me explain this to you; listen carefully to what I say. 15 These people are not drunk, as you suppose. It’s only nine in the morning! 16 No, this is what was spoken by the prophet Joel:
17 “‘In the last days, God says, I will pour out my Spirit on all people. Your sons and daughters will prophesy, your young men will see visions, your old men will dream dreams.
18 Even on my servants, both men and women, I will pour out my Spirit in those days, and they will prophesy.
19 I will show wonders in the heavens above and signs on the earth below, blood and fire and billows of smoke.
20 The sun will be turned to darkness and the moon to blood before the coming of the great and glorious day of the Lord.
21 And everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.’
What God does to you He wants to do through you.

Our New Identity is Missionaries

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Baptized in The Holy Spirit
Who is God? – He is Holy Spirit
What Has he done? – He has empowered us
Who are we? – We are His Missionaries
What do we do? – We live as Missionaries with a message. We Share the Good News
What is our identity as a church?  We are a Family of Missionary Servants sent to make disciples  

Questions

What would it mean for us to look at ourselves as missionaries to this culture?
How much would we rely upon the Holy Spirit if we lived in a foreign culture as missionaries?
How much do you need the Holy Spirit to live as you now live?
What would it look like in our community if we took seriously this identity?
How would your life be different?  What would that look like?
Where and how do you need to begin personally living this out?

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