The Holy Spirit & Missions - Proclamation Presbyterian Church

Lesson 8
Missions in our DNA
Global Church
The Church’s Marching Orders
Our Lord Jesus gave the church global
“marching orders” which involves each one
of us. It is precisely because this mission is
world-encompassing that it has local
implications. Know this global mission well
in order to understand the commission
graciously given to Proclamation and my
particular role in it.
1.The Real Problem – The Real Solution
2.The End Game – The Objective of Missions
3.Common Ground? The Challenge of Unbelief
4.It’s Dangerous Over There! Suffering and
5.You Will Receive Power! The Holy Spirit &
6.Mission of Mercy – Word & Deed
7.Something More? Scripture as a Guide
8.Missions in our DNA - The Global Church
9.Does the Church Need Missions? Summary
Joey’s Story
Mission Objective
Revelation 21:2–3 And I saw the holy city, new
Jerusalem, coming down out of heaven from
God, prepared as a bride adorned for her
husband. And I heard a loud voice from the
throne saying, “Behold, the dwelling place of
God is with man. He will dwell with them, and
they will be his people, and God himself will be
with them as their God.”
God’s Plan
Ephesians 3:10–11 so that through the
church the manifold wisdom of God might
now be made known to the rulers and
authorities in the heavenly places. This was
according to the eternal purpose that he
has realized in Christ Jesus our Lord
Coming of the
Last Adam
The Body of Christ
Historical: Participation in Christ’s work
Ownership: Belonging to Christ
Headship: Under Christ as Husband, Lord
Solidarity: One in Spirit with Christ
Nicene Creed
We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the giver of
life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son.
With the Father and the Son he is worshiped and
He has spoken through the Prophets.
We believe in one holy catholic and
apostolic Church.
We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness
of sins.
We look for the resurrection of the dead,
and the life of the world to come. Amen.
One Church – One Mission
• One Commission
• One? Are you kidding?
• Increasingly visible unity
• Self sufficiency?
Holy Church – Holy War
• Holy warfare
• Self deception
• Peace training
Church Catholic
• Church as One and Church as Catholic
• Multiplicity of gifts
• “my brothers, whom I love and long for, my
joy and crown”
• ‘Go out quickly to the streets and lanes of the
city, and bring in the poor and crippled and
blind and lame.’
Apostolic Foundation
• [the church is] built on the foundation of
the apostles and prophets, Christ Jesus
himself being the cornerstone. (Eph 2:20)
• Passing the torch: “I delivered to you as
of first importance what I also received”
We are not discussing a "platonic state
which exists only in the imagination and
which never becomes reality." It will not do
for us to leave to the Holy Spirit the work
of creating some "universal and invisible"
Church, while leaving to man the work of
establishing a faltering human
Summary – The Church DNA:
One – Commissioned as a unity
Holy – Locked in combat
Catholic – Beautifully diverse
Apostolic – Faithfully constituted

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