Sunday, April 27, 2008

Passion for our mission

Big Idea:
The Christian life is not a quiet, boring, or passive existence. Rather, it is a daring life of action, risk, and faith. As followers of Christ we have a mission – to follow Christ with total abandonment! Is this your passion?

As Christians, our mission is to risk it all, leave it all, and give it all for Christ. For the early church this mission was embraced as their destiny; their reason for living; the purpose for which they were born. Becoming a Christ follower produced an immediate and radical change in behavior. When people fully surrendered to Christ, bondages were broken, bad habits were released, weakness was turned into strength, and sorrow gave way to joy. Are you expecting and experiencing personal transformation like this in your life? Are you onboard with the mission?

The mission to risk, leave and give everything for Christ is possible because God has provided all we need for success. The Holy Spirit is God and He desires to fill us with power from on high; power for daily living: power to overcome spiritual weakness; power to do what He has called us to do. The New Testament norm was that every believer was entitled to experience the Holy Spirit. They understood that the Holy Spirit was to be experienced, not just admired. They took a very utilitarian approach to the availability of the Holy Spirit and His gifts of power. We must also embrace the Holy Spirit.

God uses the process of discipleship to prepare us for the mission – for our destiny. In fact, according to Detrich Bonhoeffer, “Christianity without discipleship is always Christianity without Christ. It remains an abstract idea, a myth which has a place for the Fatherhood of God, but omits Christ as the living Son… There is trust in God, but no following of Christ.” Without discipleship the mission will not be realized. Becoming a disciple means that I learn what Jesus taught His disciples, the will of God, and then begin to incorporate that teaching into my daily life in a practical way. God has a mission that He is calling you to embrace. Do you accept the call?

Discussion Questions: (read the Scripture & discuss)

Acts 2:42-47
How did the early church respond to their new mission? How can you incorporate this new way of life into your own life?

John 16:5-16 (The work of the Holy Spirit)
How does this passage display the important roll the Holy Spirit (Counselor) plays in our lives? Discuss how the Holy Spirit is actively experienced in your life.

Matthew 28:18-22
Our mission is to make disciples, but we must also be disciples. How does Jesus say we make disciples? Discuss practical ways this can be accomplished. What assurance does Jesus give that being and making disciples is possible?

Taking Action: Go big this week. Identify anything in your life that is preventing you from completing the mission and living the great adventure. Bring it to the cross, surrender it to God, and accept His invitation to enter the life He has called you to live. It is a life unlike any other.

Ministry Time

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