HOW WILL THE CHURCH ENGAGE WITH LOST CULTURE?
We’ve spent the last three Sundays introducing our finalized Faith Map with our Milestones for intentional parenting.
|Our talented Administrative Assistants and Creative Arts people made this happen!|
Two weeks ago Matt Fowler shared about Faith Walks (God Moments).
Last week Jeff Berg shared about Faith Talks.
And this week I shared about Faith Mission.
(You can check out those talks with Pastor Phil’s finishing sermons here.)
Check out these Biblical texts to see God’s purposes in “Faith Mission” perspective.
Gen. 12:1-4 Abrahamic Covenant
Deut. 6:1-9 Sh’ma
Ps. 67 God-entranced view of worship
Matt. 22:34-40 Great Commandment
Matt. 28:18-20 Great Commission
Acts 1:8 Holy Spirit in dynamic power for proclamation
How do we become a people “sent out” both near and far to show and tell the love of Christ to those far off from God?
FAITH MISSION — NEAR
We want our discipleship that takes place inside the homes and families and the church building—to be a launching pad for missional living outside the walls of our homes and outside the church building!
Specific Plans for You
- Family Mission Statement—In the future we’d love to lead a family-equipping class on writing and developing a Family or Personal Mission Statement where everyone who was interested could learn how to develop and implement it.
- Missional Project: once/per quarter (once every 3 months)
- Dinner for 6 / Dinner for 8
- Throw a block party in your neighborhood
- Serving food, cleaning or sorting donations at a homeless shelter
- Serving/volunteering/building relationships at Crisis Pregnancy Center
- Serving with a Celebration Day at the Children’s Hospital
- House/Yard cleanup for senior adults or families with physical handicaps
- Adopting a school for teacher appreciation meals/snacks/gifts
- Host college students/International students
- Sponsoring a Child
- Hospitality Dinners—once a month invite a “lost” family over for dinner—repeat with three of those families over the next year
- “Love South County” —several service projects with a large kickoff
- Family Service Project —once every three months for first year—then once per month second year—then a true mission trip on third year by saving up those three years
FAITH MISSION — FAR
You don’t have to go to “far off” places to find people who are “far off from God.” There are people surrounding us worshipping false gods in their offices, living rooms, garages, internet screens, emotions, and attitudes.
But there are literally BILLIONS worshiping false gods who have never heard of Jesus in far off places.
Haiti—New Beginnings has several teams going each year—people are already planning on taking their young children to do mission work there semi-far.
The 10/40 Window—real far. The 10/40 Window is located 10 degrees north latitude and 40 degrees north latitude covering much of Asia, India, the Middle East, North Africa, and many island regions.
2 Reasons the 10/40 Window is High Priority
#2 Reason: Spiritually Dead Humanity (Love for the lost)
—2/3 of world’s population (4.2 Billion) live in 10/40 Window
—95% of this 4.2 Billion are unevangelized
—87% of the world’s poorest of the poor live in 10/40 Window
—Many of the 69 nations use imprisonment (or even death) as punishment for witnessing
—45 of 50 worst countries for Christian persecution
—Birthplace and 95% of adherents of Tribal, Hindu, Chinese, Buddhist, and Muslim religious blocs
UPG’s—Unreached People Groups (less than 2% Christian evangelical)
UUPG’s—Unengaged Unreached People Groups (no known active missions)1
SO WHY DO WE DO FAITH MISSION?
#1 Reason: Jesus Christ deserves worship from every tribe, tongue, nation, and language on earth. (Love for God/Christ)
Because God is a Missional God who, after initiating and providing all good things in His created order—and even after the fall—God began His pursuit of mankind with missional fervor.
The Bible is 66 books revealing God’s active and costly pursuit of that which was lost and far off from Him.
There was one act—on one day—that completed and accomplished God’s missional pursuit of His lost possession. That one act was the loving heavenly Father bludgeoning and seeing His Son killed on a cross as the only worthy substitute and sacrifice for man’s sin (Acts 2:22-24).
That one act of allowing His Son to be brutally killed was the only thing to reconcile Holy God and sinful man.
That one act of forsaking His Son for those precious moments meant adoption for His people back into His family.
CHRIST & HIS CROSS WERE ALWAYS ULTIMATE
Millennia before creation, God already had the day and event of His Son’s death marked as the pinnacle event of all human history. The cross of Jesus Christ was always ultimate—millions of years before the creation of the world—the cross of Jesus Christ was ultimate.
SO WHY DO WE DO FAITH MISSION?
BECAUSE JESUS CHRIST IS WORTHY OF YOUR LIFE AND TIME.
IN RESPONSE TO YOU UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE YOU’VE RECEIVED—YOU LOVE HIM AND LOVE THEM.
The Great Commandment: “Love the Lord with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength. And love your neighbor as yourself. Upon these two commands hinge all the Law and the prophets.”
IN RESPONSE TO YOU UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE YOU’VE RECEIVED—YOU OBEY HIM.
The Great Commission: “All authority in heaven and earth have been given to Me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit. And remember, I am with you always even to the end of the age.”
IN RESPONSE TO YOU UNDERSTANDING THE GRACE YOU’VE RECEIVED—YOU JOIN HIM IN HIS MISSION OF ETERNAL WORSHIP OF THE LAMB.
WHAT IF…GOD WOULD USE US—THE PEOPLE OF NEW BEGINNINGS TO BRING THE HOPE OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL THOSE WHO ARE FAR OFF FROM GOD—FOR HIS GLORY AND FOR HIS FAME?
Sankie P. Lynch
1. See www.joshuaproject.org