missions night @ YF

earlier this month we held a missions/evangelism workshop at YF with pastor steve nation ūüôā
for those who missed out, here are my notes from the night…

  • What is my spending on missions vs on worldly things >> what does this reveal in terms of the things that are important to my heart?
  • Sacrifices for the sake of the lost
  • John 4:35 – see the harvest!

Missions – from Genesis to Revelations

  • Catching, keeping, obeying God’s vision of missions

Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church… worship is. ¬†Missions is a temporary necessity. ¬†Worship abides forever – John Piper

  • Genesis 1-12 … Ch 10/11 – People spread out, huge separation between man and God. ¬†Perfect world made imperfect
  • Genesis 12:1-3 … Abrahamic promise – blessed to be a a blessing; people of God made their way to Egypt after 400 years – God speaks at Exodus 19
  • Exodus 19:5-6 … At Sinai, about to give 10 commandments. ¬†If people obey God they will be priests – mediator between God and people in the world. ¬†Purpose of Israel to be mediators of God’s love
  • Deuteronomy 4:5-8 … Purpose of the law is to help people live well, so that other nations will notice and desire what Israel has.
  • 1 Kings 10 (950BC) … King Solomon in promised land; Queen of Sheba praised God because of his wisdom (v6, v9) – peak of the kingdom in OT; the promise of God to Abraham was in effect
  • Ezekiel 5:11-12 (570BC) … Israel didn’t keep their side of covenant; defiled God’s temple; God’s people no longer a light to the world

YOU CAN’T SEPARATE MISSIONS FROM SOUND DOCTRINE.

  • Isaiah 49:6 … Exiled – called to be light to all nations, not just Israel
  • Jonah 3:1-10 … Message of mercy to a disgusting people, which explains Jonah’s reaction. ¬†Shows God’s amazing grace which sometimes gets up our nose…
  • Matthew 9:36-38 … So many people who NEED the love of God… People are harassed and helpless, in need of a Shepherd. ¬†“Go and pray for more people to go!”
  • John 20:21 … Who will go? ¬†Father sent Jesus to win salvation … we are ALL missionaries
  • Luke 24:45-49 … Jesus speaks to followers – open their eyes to scripture (OT) … OT leading up to the work of Christ… in v47, God wanted as much for the gospel to go to the ends of the earth as he wanted Jesus to die to make salvation possible
  • Acts 13:1-4 … Holy Spirit sends off missionaries – the church prays to send people out. ¬†DON’T GO ALONE… we’re not individuals!
  • Romans 10:14-15 … People can’t hear unless they hear…
  • 1 Peter 2:9 … Spoken to church, reminds of Exodus (holy people, royal priesthood) … proclaim the excellencies of God! ¬†Do I dig Jesus? ¬†Am I stoked in my salvation? … Read Mark and be excited!
  • Revelations 7:9 … Glimpse of Heaven
  • Phillipians 2:9-11 … God desires to be known by all people, and all he does moves towards that goal.
  • Missions is an aspect of the nature of the church, not an activity.
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2 Responses to “missions night @ YF”

  1. “Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church‚Ķ worship is. Missions is a temporary necessity. Worship abides forever”

    love that piper quote! thats gold ūüôā

  2. good summary billy. i think the mission field is more than just somethin everyone should experience because as mentioned, it’s important for all christians should go out and share the good news. it’s eye opening, it’s heart wrenching, and it makes u realise how great and how big God is and his kingdom.

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