Summary: The Scripture verse above reminds us that the power of the Holy Spirit is given to us to be Jesus witness to a world that has no idea who He is, was or will be. We as believers are called to be His witness to bring the message of hope of the Good News to
Series: 12 in 2012
Sermon: Missions 12
Christa's video saying thanks to Christian Hills Church
The challenge this month for our spiritual mile markers, show the picture of the boys and the need for a floor. share the need. Give an extra $12 to missions this month to help put a floor in for these boys to sleep on so they do not have to sleep in the mud.
The other challenge is for us to come behind Tom and Faith to help renovate their building for a Seniors Center in Chicago, They are opening a thrift store and a place of ministry to the needy on about 87 and Essex Chicagos on the South side. We need willing voluteers to help clean, paint, use their trade gifts to get his 5,000 building up and functional. we need carpenters, sheet metal workers, furnace ac people, sheetrockers and mudders.
Highlight displays of missionaries in foyer in the hall ways.
How do we be Missions minded?
We intentionally focus on it which we are doing this month, we actively pray for missions each day and week nancy has a missionary prayer meeting evey wed night at 6pm, we look beyond ourselves globally, locally, and cross culturally.
The Mission of reaching the world is within reach according to a lot of leaders of international missions organizations some predict as soon as 2020 but it can only be accomplished by the empowerment of the Holy Spirit.
Acts 1:8 “8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
You will receive power to be a missionary from the Holy Spirit when he comes on you this is a promise from Scripture!
The Scripture verse above reminds us that the power of the Holy Spirit is given to us to be Jesus witness to a world that has no idea who He is, was or will be. We as believers are called to be His witness to bring the message of hope of the Good News to those who do not know.
I see the empowerment of the Apostles as a result of the Holy Spirit coming on them in Acts, they are no longer cowards afraid of what others may do to them or say to them. They become bold witnesses and have power to do miraculous things
Acts Peter and John
Story of them witnessing for jesus to the religious legalists
Power ministry as part of missions
What I have seen on the mission field, what I have heard from dr. Nichols, costa rica, amazing stories of power on the mission field.
The power of the Holy Spirit works with missions in all these locations:
"I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light" — John Keith Falconer
"God's work done in God's way will never lack God's supply" — Hudson Taylor [ video ]
"God isn't looking for people of great faith, but for individuals ready to follow Him" — Hudson Taylor
"The Great Commission1 is not an option to be considered; it is a command to be obeyed" — Hudson Taylor
"If I had 1,000 lives, I'd give them all for China" — Hudson Taylor
"God uses men who are weak and feeble enough to lean on him." — Hudson Taylor, missionary to China [ video ]
"Expect great things from God; attempt great things for God" — William Carey, who is called the father of modern missions [ more info ]
"To know the will of God, we need an open Bible and an open map." — William Carey, pioneer missionary to India
"Is not the commission of our Lord still binding upon us? Can we not do more than now we are doing?" — William Carey
"The spirit of Christ is the spirit of missions. The nearer we get to Him, the more intensely missionary we become." — Henry Martyn, missionary to India and Persia
"He is no fool who gives up what he cannot keep to gain that which he cannot lose" — Jim Elliot, missionary martyr who lost his life in the late 1950's trying to reach the Auca Indians of Ecuador
"The mark of a great church is not its seating capacity, but its sending capacity." — Mike Stachura
1. A life filled with the power of the Holy Spirit creates a witness of Jesus.
A. The Holy Spirit
1) Is an entity that has the divine power to transform a person's destiny and daily life.
B. The empowerment dimension of a Christian.
1) It is the ability to do things that are beyond their abilitites or talents.