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CMIN 201 (Sp '18) T13 - The Local Church on Mission

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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '18) T13 - The Local Church on Mission

Do Christians today regard the brothers and sisters outside of our culture as worthy of suspicion?
Sources
Lesson adapted from Ed Stetzer,
The Trouble with Our Jerusalem,
in
Discovering the Mission of God
, chapter 36.
Jerusalem Western wall, retrieved April 20, 2013 from http://farm2.staticflickr.com/1303/648414860_a1feb57acc.jpg.
Jewish believers focused on their own type of people
Do we stay so busy protecting the "tried and true" formulas of our cultural Christianities that we have forgotten the great gospel call to move out of Jerusalem and introduce Jesus Christ to the ends of the earth?
The Trouble with Our Jerusalem
problem with food distribution
outreach only to their own people
Mal, retrieved April 20, 2013 from http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4007/4462306231_cbe8c648da.jpg.
Jew talking, retrieved April 20, 2013 from http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4072/4332525094_fa0d4b0490.jpg.
Surprised what was happening in Samaria?
Concerned about (Paul's) methodology and orthodoxy?
The Ethiopian minister seeking God in the "the Court of the Gentiles" (temple area for foreigners), missed the believing Jews (Jerusalem church) who were praising God in the inner Temple area (reserved for Jews only).
God moved Philip from Samaria to a place south of Jerusalem.
Outsider, retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://dailyminyan.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/model-of-temple.png?w=663&h=458.
Srutiny, retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm3.staticflickr.com/2746/4272093571_c650d8cffd.jpg.
Philip’s route, Holman Bible Atlas, 347.
Model of temple, retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://dailyminyan.files.wordpress.com/2012/05/model-of-temple.png?w=663&h=458.
Above, retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm5.staticflickr.com/4084/5174383390_39bfbdb7e0.jpg.
Missions begins within the heart and counsel of the Trinity, not as a reaction that God first loved us
The Zeal of Paul
Rediscovering God's Mission
Learning from the history of missions
Centering on the gospel
Finding our place
Working through the church
The finished work of Christ applied to us all equally is the greatest unifying bond for Christians
Marching in a unified direction with our local discipleship communities
Within the body of Christ, we serve a forgiving God who already knows the ultimate outcome of our service
World map; retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm9.staticflickr.com/8471/8098699979_1fa55189ae.jpg.
Are we waiting with the expectancy that the Holy Spirit is indeed capable of making himself known to more than just our own church?
Are we clothed in power from on high?
Do we allow the Holy Spirit to challenge our denominational ideas about missions?
Forcing others to submit to cultural understandings of missions will lead to divisions, not unity within the body of Christ
Never expect to accomplish God's mission through human power plays
Local churches should seek out and focus on their unique task without insisting that all others follow their instructions
Licentiousness or legalism can take root in local churches, which focus on themselves
Marionettes; retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm1.staticflickr.com/13/18142113_f00e309025.jpg.
Cross; retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://lesleyknox.files.wordpress.com/2011/03/cross_sunset1.jpg.
How?
The Holy Spirit doesn't want discipleship clones
Keep a sharp eye for the ideas in our textbook that fit your context
Suspend criticism and corrections of one another
Determination; retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm1.staticflickr.com/3/6876757_a0641b18ee.jpg.
Glory; retrieved April 21, 2013 from http://farm1.staticflickr.com/79/211399390_421dea4605.jpg.
Preoccupied with scrutiny, not spirituality
Contentious distractions
Praising in the temple,
not witnessing to the world
Suspicious of outsiders
Legalism, not protection
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