*Our church is a part of Christ’s continuing work here on Earth.
Quote: “God’s mission is what fills the gap between the scattering of the nations in Genesis 12 and the healing of the nations in Revelation 22. God’s worldwide mission defines every believer’s primary responsibility until Jesus returns.” C. Wright
*The church is not some place we attend the church is a movement that we belong to.
*The problem for many churches today is that they have lost a sense of mission or have exchanged the mission for something else.
*Logos-we must have the Word of Christ in us
*Ethos-the inner reality for what we proclaim
*Pathos-a passion for Christ
I. EMBRACE THE COMMANDS OF CHRIST
*The mission of Christ to His church is to make new converts not convince people to our opinions.
I Corinthians 1:21-24
“For after that in the wisdom of God the world by wisdom knew not God, it pleased God by the foolishness of preaching to save them that believe. For the Jews require a sign, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews a stumblingblock, and unto the Greeks foolishness; But unto them which are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God.”
II. EMPOWERMENT COMES THROUGH THE SPIRIT
*We must constantly tap into the Spirits power enabling us to continue in the mission.
*Jesus has not called His church into the entertainment or education business but to evangelize!
*The explosive power of the Spirit is never fully experienced until we are witnessing for Christ.
III. ENGAGE IN THE MISSION
*Jesus is not asking us to do the work for Him but rather to join Him in the work!
Challenge: Am I continuing in the work or have I become complacent?
Quote: Complacency in the Christian life always points to being out of touch with the urgency of the message and blind to the glory of Christ. J.D. Greear
*We must continue exalting the name of Christ as we witness and worship.