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Sent - Global

Series: Sent

Summary

Speaker: Josh Stelly

November 12, 2023

Josh Stelly

Lead Pastor

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Follow Along with the Message


Thesis: "Once we’ve encountered Jesus, we are sent to share this message of hope to the world."

Big Idea of the Message: A missionary is one who heeds the call of God to preach Jesus in their neighborhood or around the world, unhindered by their fears and the culture in which they live.

“Again he said, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”

--John 20:21

“The apostles left the high council rejoicing that God had counted them worthy to suffer disgrace for the name of Jesus. And every day, in the Temple and from house to house, they continued to teach and preach this message: “Jesus is the Messiah.”

--Acts 5:41–42

“For Christ’s love compels us, because we are convinced that one died for all, and therefore all died.”

--2 Corinthians 5:14

“I am not commanding you to do this. But I am testing how genuine your love is by comparing it with the eagerness of the other churches. You know the generous grace of our Lord Jesus Christ. Though he was rich, yet for your sakes he became poor, so that by his poverty he could make you rich. Here is my advice: It would be good for you to finish what you started a year ago. Last year you were the first who wanted to give, and you were the first to begin doing it. Now you should finish what you started. Let the eagerness you showed in the beginning be matched now by your giving. Give in proportion to what you have. Whatever you give is acceptable if you give it eagerly. And give according to what you have, not what you don’t have.” If we’re not called to vocational missions, it is our job to support those who are. We do that by giving and by praying.

--2 Corinthians 8:8–12

Creating a filter as a missionary in America:

Drinking from culture:

  1. A desire to be popular
  2. Be great
  3. Be successful
  4. Avoid suffering and failure

Four ways to filter what we drink:

Filter 1: Reject .

“No wonder you can’t believe! For you gladly honor each other, but you don’t care about the honor that comes from the one who alone is God.”

--John 5:44

  • Honor God above all else.

Filter 2: Reject -ism.

"The master was full of praise. ‘Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!"

--Matthew 25:21

  • Doing everything unto Him.

Filter 3: Reject -ism.

“Next the devil took him to the peak of a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their glory. “I will give it all to you,” he said, “if you will kneel down and worship me.”

--Matthew 4:8–9

  • Check your motives

Filter 4:  suffering and failure.

“Look at you now!” they yelled at him. “You said you were going to destroy the Temple and rebuild it in three days. Well then, if you are the Son of God, save yourself and come down from the cross!”

--Matthew 27:40

  • Don’t miss what God is teaching you when it doesn’t feel good.

The antidote to drinking in bad water:

1.          in who Jesus. Trusting him every day with our entire life.

2.          for Jesus. Jesus had to get away from the world to meet with the Father.

3.          to Jesus. Being still before Jesus. Walking in step with the Holy Spirit.

B.L.E.S.S.

 with prayer.

 to people.

 with people.

 people.

 your story with people.

 

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