The five Great Commission passages not only clarify that every believer must engage in the mission of God; they lay a solid foundation for us so that we know how to do it. These passages tell us the authority, motive, message, messengers, and power for the mission. But the foundation of the Great Commission is just that—a foundation. Our desire at MBBC is to build our church upon that foundation. We want every member of MBBC to make it their primary mission in life to obey the Great Commandment by their obedience to the Great Commission. Living the Mission is a practical strategy to equip every believer to spend every moment of life on mission with God.
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God’s strategy for accomplishing his mission is to fill his people with his Spirit and send them to display and declare him among the nations. Every believer must discern their primary missional assignment by identifying the lost that God has placed around them and seeking to live among them.
(how to “live among”)
Identify: List the lost you know in these areas: Family, friends, neighbors, associates, and acquaintances. List the primary people or spheres of relationships in which you need to focus.
Know: Develop genuine friendships with those you identified.
Love: Actively and consistently display a genuine heart-felt, Christ-like, care and concern for them.
Serve: Actively and consistently practice humble Christ-like service. Meet their needs, do nice things for them (even if inconvenient), and place their needs before yours.
By loving them and serving them you are building a bridge strong enough to hold the weight of the Gospel.
Failure to embrace your missional calling, failure to make your calling your priority, and failure to sacrifice for the sake of that calling.
1. List names of specific people or spheres of relationships
that you need to focus on.
2. List practical ways to know, love, or serve those people
or spheres of relationships.
God’s plan has always been to make himself known by calling out for himself a people who live in the world but are distinct from the world. His people are distinct by abstaining (continually remain morally pure in heart and actions) and displaying (actively engage in good works).
5 Areas in which We Must Abstain & Display
Behaviors: Like stealing, obedience to the law, cheating, lust, pornography, what we watch and listen to, abusive substances.
Communication: Like how we respond, the words we say, what we listen to, lies we tell, daily conversations, the way we dress, attitudes, expressions.
Relationships: Family members, friends, co-workers, fellow students, dating relationships, acquaintances.
Ambitions: Desires, hopes, values, and priorities for your life, job, family, church, future, school, and friends.
Stewardship: Things God has entrusted to you like children, finances, home, possessions, time, talents, and resources.
In every one of these five areas we must both abstain from sinful actions and attitudes and display those that are Christ-like.
Prayerfully evaluate your attitudes and actions in each of the five areas (above) and write specific changes to be made.
God desires all people to be saved and through Christ has provided a means for them to be saved. To intercede for people is to ask God to work in their lives in order to bring them to faith in Christ. The ultimate goal of our prayer is that God will rule and reign in each heart.
4 Ways to Pray for the Lost
Pray Personally: Pray by name for those you have identified as your God-given missional assignment.
Pray Specifically: Pray for people based upon what you discern are the primary issues that are preventing them from coming to Christ.
Pray Expectantly: Pray in faith believing that God will use your prayers to work in their lives, break down barriers and give them opportunities to respond.
Pray Persistently: Pray consistently. Rally others to pray with you. Don’t give up. Don’t lose heart.
Remember, as ambassadors for Christ we are called to represent God to people and represent people to God. Bring people’s needs to God through prayer.
1. List names of those you Live Among
2. Pray Specifically: What do you discern are their primary needs and hindrances?
Anyone who calls on the Lord will be saved. But no one can call upon Him without hearing, understanding, and responding to the Gospel message. Therefore, we are responsible to verbally communicate the Gospel.
In order for a person to be saved, they must believe these essential elements of the Gospel message.
God: There is only one God. He is the creator, king, and judge of the universe.
Man: All mankind has rebelled against God, is separated from God, and will face the judgment of God because of sin.
Christ: God sent His Son, Jesus Christ, in order to save mankind from their sin. Jesus accomplished this by dying in our place, rising from the dead, and promising to return to judge the world.
Response: In order to be saved from sin, a person must reject the life of sin and trust in Jesus Christ alone as Lord and Savior.
Be Prepared to share the Gospel and your testimony.
Be Patient with people and trust that God is working.
Be Clear and compelling in speaking the Gospel.
Be Intentional to set aside times to share.
Be Looking for every open door.
Be Loving in all you say and do.
Be Faithful and do not lose heart.
1. List names of those you will share the Gospel with.
2. List how and when you will share the Gospel.