Monday, November 30, 2009

If You Have Great News, Tell the World!

Study number 6 is based on Matthew 28:5-10; 16-20. Our focus is still on missions and our role as believers in Christ on when and how we are spreading the Good News of Salvation. And, are we also making disciples as we spread the Good News of Salvation?

Seeing the World through God’s Eyes

Our challenge is to reflect on missionaries that we know that are working cross-culturally. How many are African Americans? And, whatever ethnicity they are, what do you think is the primary emphasis of their outreach? Our prayer is that God would touch the hearts of more African Americans to go and make disciples abroad. And, that God would empower all missionaries efforts. That we would be carriers of his message of his love thru salvation through Jesus Christ.

How is Holy Spirit speaking to you about this study? Please provide your comments below.  Also, please engage in worship with the following song as we seek to glean the heart of God for the Nations:

Friday, November 27, 2009

This Little Light of Mine

We are at the halfway mark for the study which is targeted to be completed by the end of the year. The focus for this session is based primarily on Isaiah 42: 1-7; 49: 1-7 Selected passages.

Our focus in this study is on the first of the four servant songs in the book of Isaiah.  Open your heart to what Holy Spirit is saying and please use the Comments Section to share.

Seeing the world thru God's Eyes
We are encouraged that if we want to know what God is doing (and we do); read the newspapers or online news. God's hand is present as He is still in control of major events in this world. We are also challenged to pray with the Bible in one hand and the newspaper and/or online news in the other or in sight.  Please make a special effort to select one "hot spot" and pray a "kingdom prayer" each day of this week or until you complete your Comment section.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Blessings Aren't for Hoarding!

The base scripture for this study is Psalm 67. It reflects a song for people who long for God's blessing.

Seeing the World thru God's Eyes
Our challenge is to reflect on how we are using God's blessings(tangible and intangible) to be a blessing to others here and abroad. And, then to take the next step of whatever it is for you individually.

A Thousand Questions

What Is The Ultimate Goal of Missions? What does it look like? What is your role?

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Everyone's Invited to this Party!

The primary scripture for study three  is 1 Chronicles 16: 1- 36.

Join us as we reflect on what the world will be like after the Judge comes to eliminate all sin, sorrow, and pain.

Seeing the world through God's Eyes
What is Holy Spirit saying to you about the following definition of missions?

 Excerpts from John Piper's book, Let the Nations Be Glad:

"Missions is not the ultimate goal of the church. Worship is.  Missions exist because worship doesn't . . . when this age is over, and the countless millions of the redeemed fall on their faces before the the throne of God, missions will be no more.  It is a temporary necessity.  But worship abides forever.

Worship, therefore is the fuel and goal in missions.  It's the goal of missions because in missions, we simply aim to bring the nations into the white-hot enjoyment of God 's glory.  The goal of missions is the gladness of the peoples in the greatness of God." (Baker Books 1993, p.11)
See the clip by John Piper