November 19th & 20th
Pastors Tonderai & Ashley Bassoppo-Moyo
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As those practicing the way of Jesus, we are called to sacrificial mission. This is the outward expression of the inward transformation process at work within us. That the whole world might know, we are on mission to be a city on a hill, the light of the world.
1 - Sacrificial mission is the outward expression of our inward transformation.
If there is no sacrificial mission, if there is no pouring out, if there is no outward expression of the inward transformation - we live an incomplete picture of the Gospel.
2 - Sacrificial mission requires living from the well.
Matthew 25:23 (NIV)
…”Well done, good and faithful servant…”
“The extent of our sacrifice coupled with the depth of our joy displays the worth we put on the reward of God.”
3 - Sacrificial mission requires your life.
Romans 12:1-2 (NKJV)
“I beseech you therefore, brethren, by the mercies of God, that you present your bodies a living sacrifice, holy, acceptable to God, which is your reasonable service. And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.”
John 12:24 (NIV)
“Very truly I tell you, unless a kernel of wheat falls to the ground and dies, it remains only a single seed. But if it dies, it produces many seeds.”
A seed has to die in order for it to produce fruit.
Romans 6:5-7 (NKJV)
“For if we have been united together in the likeness of His death, certainly we also shall be in the likeness of His resurrection, knowing this, that our old man was crucified with Him, that the body of sin might be done away with, that we should no longer be slaves of sin. For he who has died has been freed from sin.”
Romans 15:18 (NLT)
“Yet I dare not boast about anything except what Christ has done through me, bringing the Gentiles to God by my message and by the way I worked among them.”
Expressed transformation reveals a life given over to the Lord.
4 - Sacrificial mission expresses Kingship.
“Missions exists because worship doesn't….When this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the throne of God, missions will be no more. It is a temporary necessity. But worship abides forever.”
The mission of the Kingdom is to bring others in that they, too, may come to know and express His Kingship in their lives.
Matthew 5:14 (ESV)
“You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden.”
We are citizens of a different Kingdom - and a mark of our citizenship is the way we live.
John 15:8 (ESV)
“By this my Father is glorified, that you bear much fruit and so prove to be my disciples.”
Fruit bearing is proof of transformation.
We have been entrusted with the Gospel, representing His Kingdom, and reflecting the official position of Heaven.
Matthew 5:16 (NIV)
“In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
Mark 15:15 (ESV)
“And he said to them, ‘Go into all the world and proclaim the gospel to the whole creation.’”
Matthew 28:18-19 (NIV)
“Then Jesus came to them and said, ‘All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations…’”
John 20:21 (ESV)
“Jesus said to them again, ‘Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.’”
Luke 24:47 (NLT)
“It was also written that this message would be proclaimed in the authority of his name to all the nations, beginning in Jerusalem: ‘There is forgiveness of sins for all who repent.’’’
5 - Sacrificial mission turns the world upside down.
Acts 20:24 (NIV)
“However, I consider my life worth nothing to me; my only aim is to finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me—the task of testifying to the good news of God’s grace.”
Acts 17:1-6 (ESV)
Now when they had passed through Amphipolis and Apollonia, they came to Thessalonica, where there was a synagogue of the Jews. And Paul went in, as was his custom, and on three Sabbath days he reasoned with them from the Scriptures, explaining and proving that it was necessary for the Christ to suffer and to rise from the dead, and saying, “This Jesus, whom I proclaim to you, is the Christ.” And some of them were persuaded and joined Paul and Silas, as did a great many of the devout Greeks and not a few of the leading women. But the Jews were jealous, and taking some wicked men of the rabble, they formed a mob, set the city in an uproar, and attacked the house of Jason, seeking to bring them out to the crowd. And when they could not find them, they dragged Jason and some of the brothers before the city authorities, shouting, ‘These men who have turned the world upside down have come here also….’”
Luke 10:2-3 ESV
“And he said to them, ‘The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest. Go your way; behold, I am sending you out as lambs in the midst of wolves.’”
Acts 1:8 (ESV)
“But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.”
I sought the Lord, and he answered me and delivered me from all my fears. Those who look to him are radiant, and their faces shall never be ashamed.