On a Mission From God Part 1

February 22, 2009

The Beginning the Heart of the Mission

The Beginning the Heart of the Mission

On a Mission From God

The Beginning: The heart of the Mission

 

Key text: Mark 1:14-18

Series Big Idea:  We are called to be on a mission from God.  It is a mission to save the lost by telling them about Jesus Christ.  It is a mission that modern American Christians have taken for granted. Christianity will make up four percent of America by the time today’s teenagers are adults unless we take the mission seriously.  We must believe the gospel and to take it across the world. 

 

Sermon Big Idea: Jesus opened his ministry with two main phrases, which for the purpose of tonight’s study we will break into four phrases.  These main phrases show us the heart of our mission.

 

Intro:  Mark 1:15 “The time is fulfilled, and the kingdom of God is at hand;” This phrase launches Jesus’ ministry and I believe holds the very key to the urgency of our mission. “The time is fulfilled” points towards a time of waiting (i.e. the Jews waiting for messiah).  “The kingdom of God is at hand,” declares the urgency of the hour with this phrase Jesus places the proverbial carrot in front of the donkey.  This urgency transcends early first century Israel it comes pouring out in our reality.  The kingdom of God is at hand.  GO FOR IT!

 

First Point: Beginning of the mission comes at the end of you.  “Repent and believe in the gospel.”  Repentance is starting out with your back to Jesus and you face towards Sin, Religion, or anything you value above God and turning away from that and facing Jesus.  Believing the Gospel has a twofold meaning.  First believe in Christ and accept his death of substitution for our sins on the cross.  Then also believe in the Kingdom of God.  Believing this places the mission in front of any focus we might have.

Second Point: Once the mission has been begun we continue it by Following Jesus.  Once we have repented we are called to become Jesus’ disciples much like Simon and Andrew in the section of scripture.  We must be sanctified by the word as Jesus prays in John 17:17 and Peter writes in 1 Peter: 23-25.  We must make Jesus the cornerstone of our life as Peter writes in 1 Peter 2:4-10.  It is how we become God’s people.  We must follow after him with all of our hearts.  By following after God we are letting him flow in each area of our life.  If he is flowing in our lives, he comes out in all aspects of our character.

 

Third Point: The mission itself is to get people to follow Jesus.  Jesus states this in “I will make you become fishers of Men.”  He reiterates this in his high priestly prayer of John 17:15-18.  We are to be in the world so that they might see our good works and glorify our father in heaven.  Our mission is to be a missionary to our culture. 

Closing:  Jesus marked his ministry by calling everyone to repent, follow him, and to become fisher’s of men.  He leaves that call to us for all time that we are to be missionaries to our culture.  Are you focusing on something other than Jesus?  Are you letting Jesus become the cornerstone to your life’s wall or is he just another brick in the wall?  Are you being a missionary to culture to reach those lost in the world?  If your answer to any of these is no there’s still hope then he’s there calling out for you. Just answer him.

 

(Leave your stories of the mission or ask questions.  )

Thanks

Jarrod 

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