Summary: How do we get out there and "do the Stuff"?
Dakota Community Church
July 5, 2009
In What Ways is the Force Mobilized?
The Field & the Force 3
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?
a) The force works in the field by taking the gospel everywhere. (ears)
Learn to preach the good news effectively.
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.
He said to them, "Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation. Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned.
Sharing the gospel is more effective than sharing your personal testimony!
Changing the world is not our goal!
When he comes, he will convict the world of guilt in regard to sin and righteousness and judgment: in regard to sin, because men do not believe in me; in regard to righteousness, because I am going to the Father, where you can see me no longer; and in regard to judgment, because the prince of this world now stands condemned.
Why do bad things happen to good people if God is all powerful and all loving?
We should be asking “If there is an all knowing God, why am I still alive; knowing what I did, said, and thought yesterday?”
b) The force works in the field by glorifying God with compassionate works. (hands)
This type of field work is very popular right now because it is seen as being more socially and culturally acceptable.
"When the Son of Man comes in his glory, and all the angels with him, he will sit on his throne in heavenly glory. All the nations will be gathered before him, and he will separate the people one from another as a shepherd separates the sheep from the goats. He will put the sheep on his right and the goats on his left.
"Then the King will say to those on his right, ’Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.’
• Feeding the hungry
• Giving drink to the thirsty
• Welcoming the stranger
• Clothing the naked
• Ministering to the sick
• Visiting the incarcerated
The sheep do these things naturally; they don’t know what He is talking about when He lists their good works.
It is a matter of motivation, earning favor vs. responding to favor freely given.
"If your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink. In doing this, you will heap burning coals on his head."