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29th June 2014
Did you know that the God we worship has a mission? He is on a mission! We find it in the Exodus story, right the way through the Old Testament, then the New Testament, in the book of Acts – we find it in the gospel itself, with Jesus stepping away from His glory and perfect relationship with the Father and the Spirit to come to earth as a man and die for us.
The God we worship cares enough to act. He cares enough to save us from our sin and to bring us into a relationship with Him. Jesus came as a missionary, making a way so that we can approach Him.
God is on a mission because He has a big heart for people. God cares for you. The reason He cares for you is because you have intrinsic value: you have been created in the image of God. We get caught up in mission because the God we worship is a God of mission and we reflect Him.
In Mark 1:16, Jesus calls His disciples to get involved in His mission: they – and we – become "fishers of men". We are caught up in the Great Commission to "make disciples" (Matthew 28:19). In the areas surrounding us there are 150,000 people and many of them do not know Jesus nor all that is available to them through Him.
Many of us find it hard to share our faith, but God has a big heart for people and He wants us to have a big heart for people too. He doesn't leave to do it alone, though. He has poured out the Holy Spirit upon us to empower us to do all that He has called us to do. We read in the book of Acts that power came on the disciples – these men who were previously afraid to witness to all they had seen and heard, suddenly were empowered and given great boldness to testify to who Jesus is and what He has done.
God has given us everything we need for life and godliness; He has given us the Spirit. If we lack boldness and courage to speak to people about Jesus, the Spirit empowers us and equips us with all we need.
Listen to the preach on this subject and download the life application questions here.
Posted by Paul Mann