The Church on Mission- Spirit-led Missionaries
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I. The power and authority of the church’s mission.
1. Believers are sent out by Jesus Christ. (Acts 13:1-3)
“You did not choose me, but I chose you and appointed you that you should go and bear fruit and that your fruit should abide, so that whatever you ask the Father in my name, he may give you.”
2. Believers are given authority by Jesus Christ.
3. Believers continue Jesus Christ’s mission.
4. Believers are empowered by the Holy Spirit.
II. The task of the church in mission. (Acts 14:8-18)
1. Making disciples.
2. Proclaiming the gospel.
3. Bearing witness to Jesus Christ.
III. The church reaching out in mission. (Acts 14:19-28)
Discussion Questions for the Week
- Define missionary and missional. How are you and your family living a missional life? How is you Community Group doing living a missional life? In what ways can your Community Group choose to support overseas missionaries this year?
- The idea of missions shows up in the Bible, even from its first Book. Read and discuss what God is calling us to join Him doing in world missions. (Genesis 1:28, 12:1-3 and Revelation 7:9-12.)
- How should our “sent identity” frame how we live each day in our homes, work, school and community? Read 1 Peter 2:11-21 and discuss how you are living as sent ones in your community.
- Why did Paul re-enter Lystra after his stoning? Do you think you would have gone back? (Acts 14:19-23 and 20:24)
- How are you at encouragement? Where do you need it right now? Who most needs it from you?
- How does our experiencing hardship and suffering with faith and joy advance the gospel? Pray for one another to share and live out the Gospel message as well as encourage others this week. (Philippians 1:12-30)