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December 18, 2009

MISSIONS: 12.18.2009

Filed under: Old & New Testament — Adam Osborne @ 2:34 pm

Missions

Taken from “Don’t Waste Your Life“, chapter 9,
by John Piper

Commands

  • Matt 28:18-20 (NIV) Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
  • Psalms 96:3, 10 (NIV) Declare his glory among the nations, his marvelous deeds among all peoples. 10 Say among the nations, “The LORD reigns.” The world is firmly established, it cannot be moved; he will judge the peoples with equity.

Prayers

  • Psalms 22:27-28 (NIV) All the ends of the earth will remember and turn to the LORD, and all the families of the nations will bow down before him, 28 for dominion belongs to the LORD and he rules over the nations.
  • Psalms 67:3-4 (NIV) May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you. 4 May the nations be glad and sing for joy, for you rule the peoples justly and guide the nations of the earth. Selah

Other scriptures

  • Romans 15:20-21 (NIV) It has always been my ambition to preach the gospel where Christ was not known, so that I would not be building on someone else’s foundation. 21 Rather, as it is written: “Those who were not told about him will see, and those who have not heard will understand.”
  • Matt 24:14 (NIV) And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.
  • Isaiah 46:10 (NIV) I make known the end from the beginning, from ancient times, what is still to come. I say: My purpose will stand, and I will do all that I please.
  • 1 Peter 2:21 (NIV) To this you were called, because Christ suffered for you, leaving you an example, that you should follow in his steps.

Final outcome

  • Phil 2:10-11 (NIV) that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth,
    11 and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father.
  • Rev 5:9-10 (NIV) And they sang a new song: “You are worthy to take the scroll and to open its seals, because you were slain, and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation. 10 You have made them to be a kingdom and priests to serve our God, and they will reign on the earth.”


Quote from B.B. Warfield, Princeton Seminary:

Now dear Christians, some of you pray night and day to be branches of the true vine; you pray to be made all over in the image of Christ. If so, you must be like him in giving…

  • Objection 1. “My money is my own”. Answer: Christ might have said, “My blood is my own, my life is my own.”… Where should we have been?
  • Objection 2. “The poor are undeserving”. Answer: Christ might have said, “They are wicked rebels… Shall I lay down my life for these? I will give to the good angels”. But no, he left the 99, and came after the lost. He gave his blood for the undeserving.
  • Objection 3. “The poor may abuse it.” Answer: Christ might have said the same; yea, with far greater truth.

Christ knew that thousands would trample his blood under their feet; that most would despise it; that many would make it an excuse for sinning more; yet he gave his own blood. Oh my dear Christians! If you would like Christ, give much, give often, give freely, to the vile and poor, the thankless and the undeserving. Christ is glorious and happy and so will you be. It is not your money I want, but your happiness. Remember his own word, “It is more blessed to give than to receive.”


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