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Acts 1:8

But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witness in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.

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Four Reasons for Mission Involvement

The Character of God
The Commands of Christ
The Compulsion of the Holy Spirit
The Condition of the Lost

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The Character of God

God is holy and he hates sin. Mission is based on God's holiness.

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The Commands of Christ

Every believer is to be involved in mission. Obedience is not optional.

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The Compulsion of the Holy Spirit

Inward compulsion to share with others what they witness and experienced.

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The Condition of the Lost: including those who have never heard the Gospel

Without mission those who sit in darkness have no opportunity of coming into the light. No alternative. Mission is essential and urgent.

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Results of Mission Involvement

Active commitment to missions
Local Church is vitally involved
Purifies the Values of Believers
Increases evangelistic concern

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Four Means of Mission Involvement

Build Prayer Power
Teach missions in the corps and family
Increase financial investment
Recruit new missionaries

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Three Goals of Mission Involvement

Evangelism
Nurture (Discipleship)
Establishing Churches

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Four Characteristics of Mission Activity

Cross - cultural
International
Cooperative
Holistic

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Missiology - definition

The study of God's mission

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Academic Disciples of Missiology

Social Science, theology, biblical interp, Christian History, Study of Religions & practical theology

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Mission in the OT - Prophets

Abraham, Joseph, Moses, Joshua, Daneil, Ezekiel

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The message of the OT

longs for the restoration of the entire earth through God's chosen people. Instrument was Israel.

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Mission in the NT

God elected his church to fulfill mission - taking the Good News of God's grace and His Kingdom to all people. Instrument was the church.

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Centripetal Pattern of Mission in OT

was to function more as an attractive force (inward)

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Centrifugal Pattern of Mission in NT

Mission the NT was an expansive force (outward)

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Four Mission Focuses of Acts 1:8

Jerusalem
Judea
Samaria
Ends of the Earth

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Jerusalem Characteristics

Geographically Near
Same Language/Culturally Near

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Jerusalem Description

same culture ministry by the local church.

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Judea Characteristics

Geographically Near
Same Language/Culturally Near

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Judea Description

Same culture ministry requiring partnership with those outside local church (same culture ministries)

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Samaria Characteristics

Geographically Near
Different language / culturally distant

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Samaria Description

Local cross-culture ministry (home missions)

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Ends of the Earth Characteristics

Geographically Distant
Different Language

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Ends of the Earth Description

Foreign cross-cultural ministry (foreign missions)

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10/40 Window

area of third world countries within the rectangular area 10 degrees N and 40 degrees S
Great poverty and low quality of life - local of access to Christian resources

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10/40 Window Religions

Muslim, Buddhist & Hindu

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Who 10/40 window?

Luis Bush - 1990