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CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T04 - Theological Foundations for Global Missions

WAS: CMIN 201 (Sp '13) T03 - God’s Great Commissions for the Nations use this for topic 4 in CMIN 201 (Sp '15)
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Transcript of CMIN 201 (Sp '15) T04 - Theological Foundations for Global Missions

God’s Great Commissions for the Nations
*Highlighting some thoughts from Jeff Lewis, “God’s Great Commissions for the Nations” in Mike Barnett, ed., Discovering the Mission of God: Best Missional Practices for the 21st Century (IVP 2012), 99-113.
3 stages of the redemptive hope for all the peoples of the earth:
1. stage: God's mission through
Abraham
- to establish Israel as a nation as
an example of God's rule
2. stage: God's mission through
Jesus
- to restore Israel and to be a light to
the world
3. stage: God's mission through the body of
Christ
- to manifest Christ's rule
on earth
God's promise to bless the nations has not been fully accomplished, but he will accomplish his purpose through his people.
- Jesus gave all commissioning statements after his resurrection
Make disciples of all nations - Matt 28:18-20
- multiplying other believers (not converts) of the king
- striving to be like their teacher
- living among people groups for an extended period of time (not short-term)
- includes the verbal and visual witness of the good news
- requires obedience to Christ's teachings (more than knowledge)
Preach the gospel to all creation - Mark 16:15
-
all
followers of Christ (not few specialists) are called to
proclaim
the good news
- all followers of Christ need to be flexible and
movable
regarding their

home
on earth (dynamic will of God)
Proclaim to all nations the message of repentance for the forgiveness of sins - Luke 24:46-49
- three themes of the message: cross, resurrection and worldwide
gospel proclamation (call to repentance)
- the call of sinners to repentance is heard comparatively seldom today
- preach the gospel to all nations (Jerusalem at Pentecost was not the home
of the disciples)
Receive the Holy Spirit and be sent by Christ - John 20:21-22
- in being sent as the Son, we experience intimate communion with God
- through the Holy Spirit we have fellowship with the triune God (implies a
personal relationship with the sender)
- by the empowering of the Spirit we accomplish Jesus' sending task
Be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth - Acts 1:8
- our knowledge of Christ
- our passion for Christ
- the gospel both locally and internationally (simultaneous, not sequential
advancement)
We, the community of believers, are to bear witness of
Historical Context of the Great Commissions
Five Great Commissions
- each commissioning statement emphasizes an aspect of God's mission
- Matthew’s commission takes place in
Galilee
some weeks after the resurrection
- time and place of Mark's commission statement is difficult to determine
- Luke’s and John's commission statements:
both in
Jerusalem
on the same night after the resurrection
timing and place are the same, but there is not a single verbal overlap
- Acts: 40 days after the resurrection in
Bethany
, not in Jerusalem
- Jesus’ being precedes the church’s doing
- central idea of discipling is that of learning in the context of a relationship
- Mark’s gospel reminds us that mission occurs in the context of hostility,
opposition, suffering and failure of disciples
- we are send for the purpose of announcing forgiveness
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