Tying up Loose Ends: Mission
- Definition: “tie up loose ends” – (idiomatic) Tidy up, finish, or complete.
- It can be Easy to Start Something, but difficult to finish.
- God encourages us to complete the work we began in Christ (Revelation 3:2; 1 Thessalonians 3:10).
- Today, we’ll discuss the Loose End of Misson.
I. Jesus Calls us to Mission (John 20:21-22).
II. Mission Includes Evangelism (Matthew 28:19-20).
III. Mission is More than Evangelism (Ephesians 5:1-2; Ephesians 2:10).
IV. Jesus Requires a Life-Long Commitment to Mission (Isaiah 6:1-8).
- What is Our Mission? The Same as that of Jesus (Ephesians 5:1-2).
- His Message and Life Embodied the Kingdom of God.
- He Fulfilled His Mission through Love & Self-Sacrifice.
- He Saved us That we Might Serve.
- He Commissioned us to Make More Disciples.
- What is My Mission at Boise Church of Christ? Suggestions:
- Discipleship, Administration, Leadership
- Special Church Projects
- Foreign & Local Mission Works
- Biblical Studies Center
- Camp Ivydale
- Love, INC
- Boise Classical Academy
- Trail Life & American Heritage Girls
Today we conclude the current sermon series we’ve entitled, Tying Up Loose Ends. When we fail to complete the things God intends for us to do, our eternal destiny is in the balance. This morning we will be talking about our mission.
Mission refers to “a vocation or calling.” Christian mission refers to that particular vocation to which Christ has called the church (generally) and us (specifically). Jesus often spoke of this vocation.
Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.” 22 And with that he breathed on them and said, “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:21-22).
We often think of mission and read evangelism as in the Great Commission.
Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age” (Matthew 28:19, 20).
Certainly, mission would include evangelism. However, it is much larger than that. If we are to be about the same mission as Jesus, then we must do what Jesus did. Paul gives us a hint as to how this is accomplished.
Be imitators of God, therefore, as dearly loved children 2 and live a life of love, just as Christ loved us and gave himself up for us as a fragrant offering and sacrifice to God (Ephesians 5:1-2).
Jesus lived a life of love and self-sacrifice. This almost seems incongruous to his message, “The kingdom of God is at hand!” God’s people waited for the time when God would establish his righteous rule on the earth and destroy all his (and their) enemies. They were correct in principle as to God’s purpose, but they were confused in regard to method. Jesus did so with love and self-sacrifice.
Our mission is to spread the message and live out the values of the coming kingdom of God in a spirit of love and self-sacrifice.
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