Series GOD’S MISSION, MY MISSION with Pastor Mark Finley |
Lesson 6: Motivation and Preparation for Mission |
Memory Text: 1: Luke 24:44 – These are the words which I spoke to you while I was still with you, that all things must be fulfilled which were written in the Law of Moses and the Prophets and the Psalms concerning Me. |
Content: 6.1 To Share the Good News The women experienced the resurrection of Jesus and were full of joy and enthusiasm. Despite initial skepticism from some disciples, they were not discouraged and hurried back to share the good news. Their motivation to spread the redemption through Jesus was based on their personal experience with God, recognizing the immeasurable value of this message.
6.2 A Prophetic Foundation The encounter of the apostles with the resurrected Jesus in Luke 24:36–49 was of great significance as it dispelled their initial doubts and fears, giving them the certainty that He indeed lives. This was crucial in strengthening their faith and motivation for the mission. Jesus also showed them the prophetic foundation of His work and ministry to ensure that their faith rested on the Word of God and that they understood the true meaning of His resurrection. This underscores the need to build our understanding of the gospel and our experiences with Jesus on the solid foundation of the Word of God to be prepared and motivated for the mission.
6.3 Waiting and Mission The disciples waited in unity and prayer, following Jesus’ instructions, for the fulfillment of His promise, the Holy Spirit. During this waiting period, they prepared for their mission by organizing themselves and selecting a replacement for Judas. This illustrates that waiting for God’s work does not have to be idle but can result in meaningful mission preparation. This attitude of collective prayer and practical preparation should also inspire us as we wait for God’s work in our lives.
6.4 “Whom you crucified” The outpouring of the Holy Spirit on Pentecost was a pivotal moment when the disciples were empowered to speak in various languages to fulfill God’s mission for the lost. Even those who crucified Christ could receive forgiveness, emphasizing the power of the gospel. This reminds us that our mission as followers of Jesus is to proclaim the saving message in a sinful world without judgment but by bearing witness to the grace of Jesus.
6.5 A Picture of the Early Church Acts 2:41-47 presents an impressive image of the early church, where newly baptized believers were not mere members but equal parts of the community. Discipleship was a central aspect, and the apostles taught not only through words but also through their daily lives. Guidance on how to live one’s faith in daily life was provided not just through teaching but also through the shared experiences and the example set by existing believers, highlighting the importance of practical living in faith.