Series GOD’S MISSION, MY MISSION with Pastor Mark Finley |
Lesson 4: Sharing God’s Mission |
Memory Text: 1: John 13,34.35 – A new commandment I give to you, that you love one another; as I have loved you, that you also love one another. By this all will know that you are My disciples, if you have love for one another. |
Content: | 4.1 The Gift of Hospitality Abraham’s hospitality, offered to travelers despite the scorching heat, illustrates his exceptional compassion and understanding of his mission to convey the presence of the Lord in a world dominated by paganism and idolatry. His proactive approach, initiating the encounter even before the strangers arrived, underscores his genuine concern for their well-being. Abraham’s readiness to provide rest, foot washing, and food highlights the essence of hospitality, while his unwavering dedication to his divine mission serves as an inspiring example of bringing blessings to others and fulfilling God’s call in our lives.
4.2 Abraham’s Love for Everyone Abraham’s love for all people, regardless of their origin or affiliation, shines in Genesis 18. His compassion for the inhabitants of Sodom and Gomorrah, despite their sins and divergent lifestyles, demonstrates the universal nature of his love. This story reminds us that love and hope for repentance are essential values in our interactions with others, in harmony with Abraham’s example.
4.3 Abraham’s Spirit of Prayer Abraham’s intercessory prayer for the people of Sodom and Gomorrah reveals the power and significance of prayer. His sincere love for the residents of these cities compelled him to pray for them, and his prayer was characterized by humility and persistence. This story teaches us that prayer is an integral part of our mission work, as it can touch people’s hearts and allow the Holy Spirit to work.
4.4 Abraham’s Mission Abraham’s spirit of hospitality, love, and intercession had far-reaching consequences. Although Sodom and Gomorrah were destroyed, Lot and his two daughters were saved, in part due to Abraham’s prayer and God’s grace. This story reminds us that not everyone will be saved, but our mission is to invite as many as possible to choose Jesus while respecting the free will of each individual.
4.5 Submission to God’s Will Abraham exhibited an outstanding quality by unconditionally submitting to God’s will. Despite uncertainty and unclear paths before him, he obeyed God’s call, left his land, followed divine guidance, and even accepted difficult decisions such as the destruction of Sodom and Gomorrah. His obedience and submission to God’s will serve as an inspiring example for us to trust God in all circumstances and unreservedly submit to His guidance.