Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 20:21, Mark 2:13–2:17, 2 Corinthians 5:17–5:21
SENT: Living Like a Missionary Wherever God Sends You
If you are a follower of Jesus, you ARE the Church and you ARE a missionary!
"Missionary" means: SENT ONE
John 20:21 NIV
21 Again Jesus said, “Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.”
I hope you’ve found this series to be an encouraging and challenging reminder of our calling as SENT ones. Over the last two weeks, we tackled some heavy stuff about the Church’s responsibility to be the light that shines into darkness.
Today, as we wrap up this series, we’re going to focus on who Jesus is calling us to reach.
First, Jesus was the ultimate SENT ONE!
We have to look at His example to understand who we are called to reach.
Who did Jesus reach?
Jesus reached everyone, but He was most intentional about connecting with the hurting, the condemned, the tax collector, the sinner, the blind, the crowds, the poor, the diseased, the disabled, the rejected. And He didn't just connect with them, He met their physical, emotional, and spiritual needs.
Mark 2:13-17 NIV
13 Once again Jesus went out beside the lake. A large crowd came to him, and he began to teach them. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi son of Alphaeus sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” Jesus told him, and Levi got up and followed him. 15 While Jesus was having dinner at Levi’s house, many tax collectors and sinners were eating with him and his disciples, for there were many who followed him. 16 When the teachers of the law who were Pharisees saw him eating with the sinners and tax collectors, they asked his disciples: “Why does he eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 17 On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
As SENT ones, we have to get ourselves on the turf of people living far from God, so we can invite them to Jesus - the only One with the power to reconcile all the physical, emotional, and spiritual needs people have in their lives.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 NIV
17 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here! 18 All this is from God, who reconciled us to himself through Christ and gave us the ministry of reconciliation: 19 that God was reconciling the world to himself in Christ, not counting people’s sins against them. And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. 20 We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God. 21 God made him who had no sin to be sin for us, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
That’s the heart of the ministry Christ has SENT His followers to extend - the ministry of reconciliation!
Jesus willingly stepped way out of His comfort zone to shine His light into our lives and bring us near to Him. Now, He’s calling His church to step out of its comfort zone and shine the reconciling light of Jesus into the absences of people’s lives.
We are not OF the world, but SENT into it - to reconcile people to Jesus!
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