September 2018

Sermon Series – “Sent”

This sermon series will explore the theology and practice of missiology – God’s call to Christian missions.

September 9      The Work of a Sending God

Any exploration of Christian missions must begin with the character of a sending God. The sending nature of God is best demonstrated in the incarnation of Christ. Jesus took the ultimate missions trip by putting on flesh and dwelling among

  • Psalm 110
  • John 1:1-14

Theme: The Incarnation of Christ sent by God into the world reveals the character of a sending God

Key Verse – John 1:14 The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.

September 16   The Work of a Sending Church

John Stott has said, “We must be global Christians with a global vision because our God is a global God.”  This is expressed through the rare combination of both the social gospel (good works) and the evangelical gospel (good words) … doing good works while explicitly sharing the good news of Jesus. Thus the work of a sending church must be more concerned about its sending capacity than its seating capacity.

  • Micah 6:6-8
  • John 6:25-29

Theme: The church is called to do the work of God in word (evangelical gospel) and deed (social gospel)

Key Verse – John 6:29 “The work of God is this: to believe in the one he has sent.”

September 23   Sent into the World

C.T. Studd has said, “Some wish to live within the sound of a chapel bell, I want to run a rescue shop within a yard of Hell.” Our mission field exists outside the doors of the church – locally (Jerusalem), regionally (Judea), nationally (Samaria), globally (the ends of the earth). The call of the church is to live as a witness to Christ in all the world. Together we can Pray, Give, Go: some can pray, some can give, some can go.

  • Acts 1:1-11
  • John 13:12-17

Theme: The church is called to go into the world as the primary witness for Christ in the world

Key Verse – Acts 1:8 … you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

September 30   The Power to Go

T.J. Bach has said, “Two distinguishing marks of the early church were: 1) Poverty, and 2) Power.” We have nothing to offer but Christ, and no ability to offer Him outside of the Spirit’s empowerment.

  • Acts 2:14-21
  • John 20:19-23

Theme: The power of our witness does come from us, but from the Holy Spirit

Key Verses – John 20:21-22 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit.