On a Mission From God Night 4

March 11, 2009

On a Mission From God

On a Mission From God

On a Mission From God
Tools for the Mission: Part 1 The Bible

Key text: 2 Timothy 3:16-17
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: While on the mission from God, we encounter battles and must work, but what tools are we to use. God has left us a most mighty tool in the bible. It is a literal miracle. Around 40 guys wrote it in a period of over 1500 years and in three languages and despite all of that discontinuity there is not one true contradiction in the book. It is divinely inspired which is to say God himself wrote it. It is a love letter, instruction manual, and set of encouragement. The scripture is completely of God and prepares the Christian for every good work.

Intro: All scripture comes from God and is applicable to our lives. We sometimes do not like what the bible has to say about us, but as Martin Luther said, “The bible is easily read when it talks about others but painfully read when it talks about us.” As it in the text scripture does four main things in our lives, Teaches, Rebukes, Corrects, and Trains for Righteousness.

First Point: Teaches: All scripture serves to teach people something. The proverbs speak of wisdom in every day life. Jesus taught frequently as did Paul, Peter, and John. A great example of this is in Matthew chapter 5. The Sermon on the Mount. It is the most famous of all sermons. This sermon was full of Jesus showing how he fulfilled scripture, but was also full of practical examples. Before we can know what we are to say on the mission we must let scripture teach us. In order for that to happen we must both read and study the word ourselves and hear the word rightly taught (Romans 10:17). According to that scripture our faith comes from hearing preaching and teaching of the bible, so that means we need to be in church so that we may be taught. It is by the teaching portion of the word that we can grow.

Second Point: Rebukes: The second action of the bible is to rebuke. A rebuke is a method of sharp correction. It is when we are being stubborn and a good stinging rebuke is the only thing that can bring us out of that mental state. It often used for religious people in the bible (Matthew 23). The entire of Matthew chapter 23 is a stinging rebuke for the scribes and Pharisees. Jesus rebukes them so harshly in the hopes that such a stinging rebuke will bring them to repentance. This method of scripture is mostly used when we refuse to acknowledge sound teaching and correction. It is by this method of the word we can keep from becoming religious.

Third Point: Correction: The third action of scripture is correction. The correction of the bible comes when we are doing something that is wrong. This is when we realize we are wrong and need to come back to Christ. A great example of correction is in Mark chapter 10 verses 35-45. In this passage of scripture James and John ask for something they have no business asking for, but Jesus doesn’t rebuke them he corrects their thinking, by explaining that they can’t drink from the cup he drinks of and that to rise in the kingdom of God we must serve. It is not a stinging rebuke uttered here, but instead a gentle leading back onto the right path. It is in these moments that scripture corrects us.

Fourth Point: Trains for Righteousness: Scripture does much more than just teach us what to do and then keep us on that path. It trains us to be righteous followers of Christ. You see this especially post resurrection with Jesus and Peter in John 21 and on the road to Emmaues in Luke 24. Jesus trains us for righteousness. He prepares us to do the work that God has for us. Our training is all about being able to share the gospel effectively and live our lives according to his laws.

Closing: The end of the verse states that scripture does all it does in an effort to make sure that the man of God is competent for every good work. This means that we can do nothing well if we do not first digest the scriptures. Are you taking the scriptures for granted? Are you reading your bible once a week? A month? A year?

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2 Responses to “On a Mission From God Night 4”

  1. Jason D. said

    Hey man!

    1 Timothy 4:16 means a lot to me. It was the scripture God used when He called me into the ministry, and I feel it is a great foundational passage for the believer (especially the minister).

    I feel it is foundational because it focuses on both orthopraxy (right practice) and orthodoxy (right belief). This is kind of like “God’s double-barrel”, a life of right belief and practice (which the two are really connected).

    Great site man! You are doing great things for the kingdom. I love to check it from time to time, as the posts have been a tremendous blessing.

  2. Guest said

    Proverbs 3:5-6 — Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will direct your paths.

    At least I think that’s how it goes. Or something close to it.

    Anyways, I think this is a great scripture and one we can all use and relate to. It’s hard to put all our trust in him sometimes and this verse just reminds us why it’s good to do that. Because in the end, He will guide us.

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