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Missional Living: Being Sent by God

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 Mission is rooted in the very identity of God.  Since the fall of man, trust and intimate fellowship with God was broken. The first Gospel is found in #Gen 3:15.  Jesus sums up his mission in the same way:  “to seek and save that which was lost.” # Luke 19:10

 

 

 

A primary attribute of God is He is One who sends.  Time and time again He sends — prophets, wise men (and wise women) to call people back to Himself. # Matt 23:34  Finally, Jesus is born. Jesus identifies Himself as sent by His Father more than 40x times in the Gospel of John. 

 

 

 

Then, toward the end of his earthly ministry, Jesus says:  As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”How can he even draw that parallel?  To say “it seems a bit of a stretch” is a major understatement.  But there it is: As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”  Who is He talking about sending?  It must be the twelve – the apostles, the “sent ones”, right?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

No, the truth is the entire New Testament makes it crystal clear as to who He’s sending — he’s talking about each and every one into whom God has breathed and gifted with His Spirit.  #Matt 3:11

 

 

 

 

 

“I will pour out my Spirit upon all flesh.” The Spirit is given to whom?  Sons, daughters, old men and women, orthodox Jews, bond slaves, even those formerly pagan Gentiles — who’d have thought?  #Acts 2:17, 18