Series GOD’S MISSION, MY MISSION with Pastor Mark Finley |
Lesson 2: God’s Mission to Us: Part 2 |
Memory Text: 1: Matthew 28:19 – 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. |
Content: | 2.1 The Triune God: The Origin of Mission This text emphasizes that God’s mission in the Bible highlights Jesus Christ as the central way of salvation, as Christ Himself stated in John 14:6. It underscores that everything Christ did was in connection with His heavenly Father and that this mission was planned before the creation of the world. The Trinity, consisting of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, is the origin of the mission, and they are actively involved in the mission of redemption. This understanding should shape our own mission and remind us that the mission ultimately rests in the hands of the triune God and is therefore destined for success.
2.2 Making Disciples: The Focus of Mission The Great Commission in Matthew 28:16–20 emphasizes making disciples as the central task of mission. This command to make disciples includes not only teaching and baptizing but also sharing the teachings of Jesus with the entire world. It emphasizes the universal validity and reach of this mission, which is significant for all true followers of Christ. The Great Commission concludes with the encouraging promise of Jesus that He will always be with His followers as they engage in this task.
2.3 The Eternal Gospel: The Message of Mission The “eternal gospel” in Revelation 14:6–7 highlights the unchanging message of grace and salvation through Jesus Christ. This message of salvation remains constant while deceptive teachings come and go. It reminds us that our mission is to make disciples who are not only morally upright but also spiritually oriented and prepared for the return of Christ. The proclamation of judgment is also a proclamation of the second coming of Jesus and therefore an integral part of the gospel.
2.4 God’s People: The Channels of Mission God’s people play a crucial role in His mission, both in the Old and New Testaments. In the Old Testament, they were called to be representatives of God’s mission and channels of blessing to the nations, provided they lived in faith and obedience. In the New Testament, God’s mission continues, and the church is entrusted with the task of saving lost souls and proclaiming God’s love through Jesus Christ. It is a tremendous responsibility and privilege to be part of this mission and to carry the love and gospel of Christ to the world.
2.5 The World: The Arena of Mission Revelation 7:9–10 illustrates the extensive geographical scope of God’s mission. These verses describe a great multitude from all nations, tribes, languages, and peoples standing before God’s throne. This demonstrates that God’s mission aims to reach and redeem people from all over the world. The message of the gospel is meant to encompass all levels of society, all nations, and cultures, and it is our responsibility to carry this message to the farthest corners of the earth.