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Missio Dei: The mission of God in the early church and the new millenium
Transcript of Missio Dei: The mission of God in the early church and the new millenium
in the early church and the new millenium
The mission of the seventy-two
two by two
The harvest fields
and the harvest workers
Lambs among wolves
No purse, bag or sandals
A mission of peace
A ' person of peace'
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.
Give and receive hospitality
Heal the sick who are there and tell them "The kingdom of God
is near you."...
He told them,
to send out
I am sending
"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)
Who has your back?
'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
We follow a crucified Saviour.
Our only weapons:
Creative non violent resistance
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)
Do not carry a
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
2 Kings 4:29
A mission to bring life!
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.
When you enter a house, first say,
"Peace to this house."
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.
not just 'building'
'network of interconnected relationships'
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
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
A PERSON OF PEACE
Enter the rhythms of the host community
When you enter a town and are welcomed,
eat what is set before you.
bring healing and release from the power of evil
Focus on Jesus' work, not the results
Remember the gospel!