OUR GOD OUR MISSION OUR COMMISSION. Mandeville First Baptist Church January 27, 2013. OUR GOD. UNDERSTANDING GOD’S HEART.
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Mandeville First Baptist Church
January 27, 2013
Now the Lord said to Abram, “Go from your country and your kindred and your father’s house to the land that I will show you. 2 And I will make of you a great nation, and I will bless you and make your name great, so that you will be a blessing. 3 I will bless those who bless you, and him who dishonors you I will curse, and in you all the families of the earth shall be blessed.” (Genesis 12:1-3 ESV)
1 May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, Selah2that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. 3Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you! 4Let the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you judge the peoples with equity and guide the nations upon earth. Selah (Psalm 67:1–4 ESV)
9The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance. (2 Peter 3:9 ESV)
9 And they sang a new song, saying, “Worthy are you to take the scroll and to open its seals, for you were slain, and by your blood you ransomed people for God from every tribe and language and people and nation, (Revelation 5:8–9 ESV)
9 After this I looked, and behold, a great multitude that no one could number,from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, (Revelation 7:9 ESV)
Work that results in new believers or which will result in new churches
It is intentionally focused on these results
Work that ministers to existing believers or churches
Go therefore and make disciples of allnations, (panta ta ethne, Root: ethnos) baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit (Matthew 28:19 ESV)
Assessing Progress in Carrying Out the Great Commission
A PEOPLE GROUP is an ethno-linguistic group with a common self-identity shared by the various members.
REACHED>2% are Evangelical Christians
UNREACHED<2% are Evangelical Christians
UNENGAGED=Nobody is preaching the Gospel
UPG – Unreached People Group
UUPG – Unreached and Unengaged People Group
The Last Frontier
“The Last Frontier” – Category “0” and “1”
13% of the worlds population
Not So Bad?
Categories 0 & 1
“The Last Frontier”
Categories 2 & 3
“The Other Unreached”
Categories 0 thru 3
60% of World Population is Unreached
In West St Tammany - 122,848 population in 2010
24% of the “Christian” population attend church services
God’s Heart That All People Groups Would Come to Know Him and Be SavedOur CommissionGo, therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit
The question is not –what can 12 people in a life group do? The question is what can we do withGodif we are on mission FOR Him and WITH Him?
If you have been reconciled to God and thus consider yourself a follower of Jesus Christ, then YOUare the tool God will use.
There is NOother plan.
The Bible tells us that as we are reconciled to Him, WEare, therefore entrusted with the “message of reconciliation” (2 Corinthians 5:18-19).
God has chosen YOU, the church, to be His messenger to the world.
It is up to EVERYbeliever and EVERYchurch to proclaim the message of the Gospel to the ends of the earth.
There are many who do not yet believe because they have not heard, and how can they hear unlessWEgo and tell them (Romans 10:14-15).
Missionaries Called to Plant Churches
Short Term Mission Trips
25 current members have been participants on international mission trips
15 of the 25 were either pastors or youth (at the time)
Average of 169 attended our adult Life Groups last year
6% of our Life Group members have been involved in International missionary efforts
Burt Class - Heritage Manor
Some Individuals – Samaritan Center
Single Mom’s Group – Crisis Pregnancy Center
Youth – Secret Service Projects
Hurricanes have been the trigger for our action in the past
Much involvement but not as a group
Life Group Member
Become A Missionary
Every Life Group Develop
“NEAR” and “FAR”
NEAR Mission Project – St Tammany Parish
FAR Mission Project – Outside St Tammany Parish
1st - NEAR mission work
2nd - FAR mission work
Our Goals for Each Life Group:
May 2013 – A NEAR project identified
Sep 2013 – Plans for NEAR & FAR projects
May 2014 – Active NEAR & FAR projects
How Can We Develop
For Every Life Group
Both Near and Far?
Other Places God Leads Us to Accomplish His Mission
Laredo (Mardi Gras)