Notes for FaithPoint

Pic from Flickr by dan.deschenes.56

Pic from Flickr by dan.deschenes.56

Today we celebrate our two year anniversary as FaithPoint Community Church family.

 

The title of this sermon is God’s Mission Is Our Mission

 

Our text for this sermon comes from Matthew 28:18-20 and Acts 1:8

1 Corinthians 15:1-6

 

The gospel is of first importance. It is not just for salvation but for our sanctification. It is offensive to our “old self.” It is good news in every sense of the word good. It is a message that demands the messenger of it to handle it with an angst – that you know the heaviness and burdensome obligations of this life and you have a hope in Jesus that this current life in which you live is not all there is but there is coming a day in which Jesus will make all things new.

The message demands that the messenger handle it with the utmost urgency.

 

Why?

 

You are not promised that you will be alive tomorrow. If today was your last day would you die knowing that you lived with all your might, giving it all you had for the gospel of Jesus.

 

Most people do not live as if today is their last day. They get comfortable, lazy, stagnant, complacent, apathetic. They do not believe they are going to die. They always believe that there is going to be a tomorrow. They do not live as if Jesus is coming back.

 

Every day that you wake up is grace on the part of Jesus. Every day that you are able to breathe is grace on the part of Jesus. Every day that your heart beats is grace on the part of Jesus.

 

Every day that you wake up…you are on God’s mission.

 

Jesus told people that His work…mission was to do the will of the One who sent Him.

 

God the Father sent Jesus. Jesus sends us.

 

God’s mission is our mission.

 

Matthew 28:18-20

Acts 1:8

 

We want to glorify God with our lives and we want to glorify God in and through this church!

 

The reason that we talk about these verses often is because you need to relearn what you already know.

This does not mean that you do not know but it does mean you may have forgotten aspects or parts of how to study Scripture for life application or put them into life practice. In other words, actually go and do what Scripture says.

 

So…let’s refresh our minds with these verses.

 

Acts 1:8

 

Jesus says that you WILL receive power when the Holy Spirit comes upon you and you WILL be His witnesses in Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria and to the ends of the earth.

 

We have said in the past that this means our city, state, country and world. While that is true. We can take a deeper look at this for our immediate application.

 

Jerusalem and Judea – Places you are familiar with. Places that you frequent. Places that you work, eat, shop, drink coffee, read books, watch movies and buy groceries.

 

Samaria – Places that nobody wants to go. Places that you would not even want to be caught dead in. Places for whatever reason, in your mind are off limits. Places that are anti-Christian, anti-church, and anti-Jesus.

 

You get to go to all of these places and to the ends of the earth.

 

I like to think Jesus was doing a play on words here. Because the earth is round and not flat, the earth has no end. You can walk as far as you can and when you get there, keep walking. The gospel continues through the messenger until the messenger dies or Jesus comes back.

 

The mission does not stop because you have a headache, a bad day, you don’t want to or you don’t feel like it.

 

Matthew 28:18-20.

 

You walk in the authority of Jesus. What else do you need?

 

Go – Acts covers that. Wherever you are, wherever your foot touches the ground. From the airport to the yard sale. From the coffee shop to the burger joint. From the bookstore to the bank. When you are away on business or vacation.

 

Your mission does not have an off day. It Is ALL ABOUT JESUS!

 

Make Disciples of all nations. All ethnicities, all people groups, all languages, all sub culture groups.

 

This means that you do not overlook or intentionally avoid people.

  • headbangers

  • thugs

  • people that are in car clubs

  • people that wear their pajamas at Walmart

  • people that love football

  • people that love Nascar

  • computer nerds

  • video game nerds

  • mechanics

  • restaurant workers

  • bar hoppers

  • bartenders

  • Chinese

  • Japanese

  • Hispanic

  • White

  • Black

  • teachers

  • doctors

  • people that like Joel Osteen

  • people that like Twilight

 

Jesus gave us the gospel to share it with all people groups because the gospel is greater than our personal prejudices.

 

As individuals and as a church, FaithPoint wants to be obedient and to do God’s mission. FaithPoint’s mission has five parts. The parts make up the whole. All five of these parts have been taken from the Book of Acts.

 

  • Make Disciples

  • Train Men

  • Develop Pastors

  • Send Missionaries

  • Plant Churches

 

It has been said: You can plant churches and not make disciples but you can’t make disciples and not plant churches.

 

If we are to be ALL ABOUT JESUS then we have to be on His mission. We must be agents of reconciliation and transformation. We must be messengers of the gospel.