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Mission: possible! (Apr 30 sermon synopsis)

Posted by A.Totire on May 31, 2017 at 12:20 AM

God is not passive nor aloof.

He is actively on mission searching for us.

Ever since the garden of Eden, God has been asking Adam and Eve, “Where are you?”

Today, God is still looking for us.

In Ezekiel 34:11-12, we see God on a mission for His own:

11 “For thus says the Lord GOD: Behold, I, I myself will search for my sheep and will seek them out. 12 As a shepherd seeks out his flock when he is among his sheep that have been scattered, so will I seek out my sheep, and I will rescue them from all places where they have been scattered on a day of clouds and thick darkness.

God sends people on mission to either save people or deliver His word. In Genesis 45, Joseph tells his brothers that God has sent him to deliver his family. Likewise, God sent Moses to bring His people out of Egypt. God also raised up judges and the prophets.

Finally, He sent Jesus Christ on a mission to save us: John 20:21 “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

In Jesus’ high priestly prayer, Jesus prays for his disciples, that they would continue on the mission of God. The mission is possible because it depends upon Him, and it depends on His word. His word will not return empty, but it will accomplish its purpose.

Text: John 17:13-19.

13 But now I am coming to you, and these things I speak in the world, that they may have my joy fulfilled in themselves. 14 I have given them your word, and the world has hated them because they are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 15 I do not ask that you take them out of the world, but that you keep them from the evil one. 16 They are not of the world, just as I am not of the world. 17 Sanctify them in the truth; your word is truth. 18 As you sent me into the world, so I have sent them into the world. 19 And for their sake I consecrate myself, that they also may be sanctified in truth.

In verse 15, Jesus prays to the Father that His disciples would not be removed from the world, but that they would be kept from the evil one.

We should realize that living for Jesus Christ makes us God’s agent in a world that has turned away from God.

Perhaps you came to Christ for a healing, or you were lonely, or some other ailment.

As you turned to God, Jesus healed you.

It doesn’t matter what your background is. The point is that you heard the word of God, and decided to follow Christ. You belong to Him, and He wants you to continue on his mission. Jesus prays to the Father that while you are serving Him here, that God would keep you safe from the evil one.

The world system is sold out to sin and corruption, and will one day pass away. In the meantime, we are sent on a mission as a countercultural force that gives life. While we are tempted to love the things of the world, we are admonished not to love the things that the world holds as valuable (I John 2:15-16).

Peter writes in his letter to believers facing imminent persecution:

1 Peter 2:11 (ESV)

11 Beloved, I urge you as sojourners and exiles to abstain from the passions of the flesh, which wage war against your soul.

This country’ entire culture: economically and spiritually, is based upon consumerism.

The truth of the matter is the we were created by God for a much greater purpose. We were called out to work with God on a mission, reaching out to the lost, the dejected, the hurting and broken.

Next, in verses 17-19, Jesus prays that His followers would be agents of God’s truth as they are sent out into the world. Moreover, God has us covered:

1 John 5:18 (ESV)

18 We know that everyone who has been born of God does not keep on sinning, but he who was born of God protects him, and the evil one does not touch him.

Even though we might come from different denominations, backgrounds, languages, ethnicities, etc, we are united because we are serving God who sent us out on His mission into the world. As Jesus prays in verses 20-21, he is praying not just for the immediate disciples, but for everyone who believes in their message. We are all united by our adherence to the truth, and to the mission that we are called to.

We are to love and serve one another. This is why it is important not to follow the ways of this consumer-driven world, but to follow the example of Christ set before us.

Gal 5:13-15 (NLT)

13 For you have been called to live in freedom, my brothers and sisters. But don’t use your freedom to satisfy your sinful nature. Instead, use your freedom to serve one another in love.14 For the whole law can be summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you are always biting and devouring one another, watch out! Beware of destroying one another.

There is nothing casual or leisurely about serving the Lord Jesus Christ.

He is in the soul-saving business, and so are we. Let us together stand and serve the King joyfully!

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