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Missio Dei: The mission of God in the early church and the new millenium

Sermon notes for Sunday Night at St John's
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Nathan Hedt

on 4 December 2014

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Transcript of Missio Dei: The mission of God in the early church and the new millenium

Missio Dei: The Mission of God
in the early church and the new millenium

The mission of the seventy-two
Luke 10:1
After
the
appointed
this
Lord
seventy-two
others
and
sent them
two by two
ahead
of him
to every
town
and place
where
he
was
about
to go.
The harvest fields
and the harvest workers
Luke 10:2
Lambs among wolves
Luke 10:3
No purse, bag or sandals
Luke 10:4
A mission of peace
Luke 10:5
A ' person of peace'
Luke 10:6
Stay in that house, eating and drinking whatever they give you, for the workers deserve their wages.
Do not move around from house to house.
Luke 10:7
Mission Discipline:
Give and receive hospitality
Luke 10:8
Heal the sick who are there and tell them "The kingdom of God
is near you."...
Luke 10:9-12
Authority
Security
Identity
and rejoicing
Luke 10:16-24
He told them,
the
harvest
is plentiful,
but
the workers
are few.
Therefore,
beg
the Lord
of
the harvest
to send out
workers
into
his harvest
field.
GO!
G
!
I am sending
you
out
like
lambs
among
wolves.
"It is not the church of God that has a mission in the world, but the God of mission who has a church in the world." (Tim Dearborn)
to make known that which has presumably been hidden or unknown previously
(to show, and therefore by implication, to appoint)
Not alone!
Communion,
not community
Who has your back?
Matthew 18:18-20
'before his face'
bearing the presence of Jesus
'Urgently plead with'
Luke 5:12, Luke 9:38
In America, it takes 85 Christians one year to bring one non-Christian to faith in Jesus.
Is the situation any better here?
Who recognises themself as a missionary?
'ekballo' - literally, to THROW OUT
The same word Jesus uses of driving out demons!
Do we have to be removed from our comfort zones?
Be careful what you pray for.
You might be the answer to your own prayer!
The 10:02 conspiracy
Expect opposition!
We follow a crucified Saviour.
John 1:29
Our only weapons:
Unconditional love
Forgiveness
Creative non violent resistance
Isaiah 65:17-25
Revelation 5:12-13
Isaiah 65:17-25
Spiritual warfare:
Remember who the enemy is (Ephesians 6)
Remember who you are sent by
Remember and call on the authority you have been given in Christ (Luke 10:17-20)
Urgency
Importance
Do not carry a
purse
or bag or sandals
and do not greet anyone on the road
You'll never find out God is all you need until God is all you've got
Absolute Dependence - God provides
Both physical and spiritual needs
With the
command
of Jesus
comes the
promise
of Jesus
Luke 12:31-33
Luke 22:35
Matthew 11:28
2 Kings 4:29
A mission to bring life!
Ephesians 6:15
God will provide. In fact, God is the
only one who can provide.
In mission, in faith, in life, all is by God's grace and his gracious provision.
Luke 14:27
When you enter a house, first say,
"Peace to this house."
SHALOM
Shalom means wholeness, balance, well-being, safety, and prosperity. It is everything in its right place - life exactly as God planned it, life without the effects of sin, evil, and death. Many Christian writers of late have explored the social, political, and economic dimensions of the concept of shalom, yet not many have explored what shalom means for the individual. The reach of God's dream of shalom moves from the whole of creation all the way down to us as individuals. It is us as we were originally meant to be — whole, balanced, safe in the perfect will of God.
Luke 2:8-14
Luke 24:36-39
OIKOS
not just 'building'
but 'family'
'household'
'network of interconnected relationships'
Body
Body
Acts 10:23-28
Acts 16:25-34
Body
Body
Body
Body
1 Peter 3:15-16
FOUNDATIONS FOR MISSION
It's God's mission, not our own
Not just for ministry professionals
Jesus appoints and sends
Work in partnership and community (two by two)
Absolute Dependence on God
Expect opposition; love unconditionally
A God-given identity, security, and authority

DISCIPLINES FOR MISSION
Pray for harvest workers
Peace be upon this house - work for the shalom of the host community
Understand and map your oikos
Recognise the person of peace
Give and receive hospitality
Enter into the rhythms of the host community
Bring healing and release from the power of evil
Rejoice!

If a 'person of peace' is there, your peace will rest on that person.
If not, it will return to you.
One who is hospitable to both the messenger and the message
SHALOM
OIKOS
A PERSON OF PEACE
Luke 10
Mission Discipline:
Enter the rhythms of the host community
When you enter a town and are welcomed,
eat what is set before you.
Mission Discipline:
bring healing and release from the power of evil
Mission Discipline:
Focus on Jesus' work, not the results
Remember the gospel!
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