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Our Missional God

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“For from the rising of the sun even to its setting, My name will be great among the nations.” – Malachi 1:11

Our God is a missional God. He always seeks to expand His Kingdom to peoples and places it has never been before. This is not only a New Testament principle, but it is also the scarlet thread throughout the entire Bible. Amazingly, what Malachi described thousands of years ago about God’s passion to make His name great among the nations is still true today. The nations of the earth are being transformed by the power of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. Thousands of people every day are being saved by Jesus in China. The Gospel is running rapidly through the nation of Iran like never before. What is that? It is God holding true to His Old Testament promise to make His name great among the peoples of the world.

What is your response to the global mission of God? How are you engaging different cultures with the Gospel?

The Goal

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“Brethren, I do not regard myself as having laid hold of it yet; but one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and reaching forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 3:13-14

During the Kentucky Derby or any other horse race, what you will often find attached to the horse’s bridle are things called blinders. They are small leather or sometimes plastic cups that are placed around the eyes of the horse to keep them focused on what is in front of them. Paul said, “I press on toward the goal…” This implies decisive movement towards a finish line. What’s the finish line of faith? To know Him! But spiritually, we can become distracted from our overall, daily goal in our Christian lives: to spend time with God and to know God. These goals keep us from distraction. However, as we get to know Him, our relationship with God overflows into our relationship with other believers and ultimately into our relationships with those who do not know Him. Therefore, your ability to be sensitive to the spiritual lostness of those around you rises and falls based on your intimate relationship with Jesus. 

Have you ever made the connection between your relationship with God and your ability to share in the mission?

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