Summary: How do I find my place in the field?
Dakota Community Church
August 16, 2009
The Field & the Force 5
Finding my Place in the Field
So far we have looked at:
1. When the Church is the field
When the church is the field it is seen as the place people come to do the work of God.
2. When the Church is the (labor) force
When the church becomes the force – the world becomes the field.
3. When and where is the gospel to be proclaimed?
The gospel is to be proclaimed everywhere and in every way!
4. In what ways is the force mobilized?
Just how do we get out there and work in the field?
5. What is the role of pastors and elders?
Should we even have pastors and elders?
6. How do I find my place in the field?
Let’s go to the word of God:
1Now we know that if the earthly tent we live in (Our body) is destroyed, we have a building from God, an eternal house in heaven, not built by human hands. 2Meanwhile we groan, longing to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, 3because when we are clothed, we will not be found naked. 4For while we are in this tent, we groan and are burdened, because we do not wish to be unclothed but to be clothed with our heavenly dwelling, (Righteous discontent) so that what is mortal may be swallowed up by life. 5Now it is God who has made us for this very purpose and has given us the Spirit as a deposit, guaranteeing what is to come.
6Therefore we are always confident and know that as long as we are at home in the body we are away from the Lord. 7We live by faith, not by sight. 8We are confident, I say, and would prefer to be away from the body and at home with the Lord. 9So we make it our goal to please him, whether we are at home in the body or away from it. (Eternal view of life) 10For we must all appear before the judgment seat of Christ (Believers), that each one may receive what is due him for the things done while in the body, whether good or bad.
The cross tells us we are saved from something. From wrath, from hell, from the power of sin, from our former pointless way of life - but the resurrection tells us we are saved TO something! To new life in Christ, to fellowship, to community, to ministry; Paul is talking about our motivation here.
11Since, then, we know what it is to fear the Lord, we try to persuade men. (We know of the coming judgment so we can’t just keep this to ourselves)
If you are on a plane that is going down your primary concern is not that the drink cart makes it to every person.
Jesus primarily came to preach:
1. Matthew 4:17
From that time on Jesus began to preach, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is near."
2. Matthew 4:23
Jesus went throughout Galilee, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom, and healing every disease and sickness among the people.
3. Matthew 9:35
Jesus went through all the towns and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the good news of the kingdom and healing every disease and sickness.
4. Matthew 10:7
As you go, preach this message: ’The kingdom of heaven is near.’
5. Matthew 11:1
After Jesus had finished instructing his twelve disciples, he went on from there to teach and preach in the towns of Galilee.
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.
7. Mark 1:38
Jesus replied, "Let us go somewhere else—to the nearby villages—so I can preach there also. That is why I have come."
8. Mark 1:39
So he traveled throughout Galilee, preaching in their synagogues and driving out demons.
9. Mark 2:2
So many gathered that there was no room left, not even outside the door, and he preached the word to them.
10. Mark 3:14
He appointed twelve—designating them apostles —that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach
11. Mark 6:12
They went out and preached that people should repent.
12. Mark 13:10
And the gospel must first be preached to all nations.
13. Mark 16:15
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.
14. Mark 16:20
Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
15. Luke 3:3
He went into all the country around the Jordan, preaching a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins.