SERMONS, OUTLINES, ILLUSTRATIONS, AND PREACHING IDEAS

EQUIPPED TO JOIN JESUS' SOVEREIGN RULE (15 OF 44)

by Patrick Edwards


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Equipped to Join Jesus' Sovereign Rule (15 of 44)
Series: The Church at Ephusus: God's Calling, Empowering, and Instruction for the Church 
Patrick Edwards
Ephesians 4:7-16


Introduction

There are a number of ways we could summarize or describe the mission of God. I hope that after the two years I've served here in teaching God's Word that you could offer a nice little definition as well. But looking at the entirety of Scripture and the grand narrative of redemption history it records, I have summarized before the mission of God as His perfect purpose, plan, and activity of filling the earth with His glory. That's, of course, a very brief summary, but I think it encompasses every facet of God's mission quite well. What is God doing? Everything He does and does not do is perfectly designed and executed to bring Him optimal glory and to bring this creation into the fullness of that glory.

Well, if that's the mission of God, what then is the mission of the people of God? When we talk as Christians about missions or about being a missional church, what do we mean? Or at least what should we mean? Old Testament scholar Christopher Wright describes the mission of the people of God as this: as ''our committed participation, as God's people, at God's invitation and command, in God's own mission within the history of God's world for the redemption of God's creation.'' Our mission, from a biblical perspective, is to follow God in His mission to fill the earth with His glory. And, so, let me ask, then, how well would you say we are doing in the mission? How well are you and how well are we as Lake Gaston Baptist Church following God in filling the earth with His glory? I think regardless of if you're a glass-half-empty or glass-half-full kind of person, we all have to admit in answering this question that we are not carrying out the mission of God as His people as well as we could. Whether you think we're doing well or poorly, we all agree we could be doing bett ...

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