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Introduction.

This message concentrates on why we need engagement with missionaries.

Audio Version

SERIES TITLE: Recovering our Identity as Sent Ones

SESSION ONE: Why We Need Engagement with Missionaries

SPEAKER: David Nichols

TEXT: Acts 14:26-28

INTRODUCTION.

This message concentrates on why we need engagement with missionaries.

Missionaries remind us of our identity as sent ones. 

  1. What do you learn about the interaction between an individual personal calling, the voice of God to the church and the church sending out missionaries in Acts 9:1-9; Acts 13:1-4 and Acts 14:26-28?
  1. What do you learn about our identity as “sent ones” from these passages?
  • The example of Jesus (Luke 4:18; John 7:29; John 8:29)
  • Jesus sending out disciples (Luke 10:1; John 13:20)
  • Jesus’s promises (John 17:18; John 20:21)
  • Examples of others (Phil. 2:25; 2Cor. 8:23 ) Note that these men are called apostles although the greek word, apostolos, may be translated here as “messengers”)
  1. What are the implications if we consider ourselves sent ones? (John 7:18; 13:16)

Missionaries remind us of our need for the grace of God. (see v26)

  1. Share a story about when you needed the grace of God.
  1. As you read 2 Cor 4:7-12, what is your reaction?

Missionaries remind us that God should always be the hero of our stories.

  1. Share about a time when you heard a missionary story in which God was the hero.
  1. To what extent is God the hero of your stories?

Missionaries connect us to the mission of God.

  1. In what way(s) are you connected to the mission of God?
  1. How would you like to better connect with what God is doing around the world?
  1. What are some things you will do in order to get to know a missionary better?

Read and pray the following prayer together or compose your own prayer.  Share what words of this prayer are important for you?

Jesus, I long to live in loving communion with the Father like you did in your earthly life and as you do now. Slow me down from all my self-defined God projects that keep me from listening well to the voice of the One who says both, “I love you” and “I send you.”  From An Unhurried Life by Alan Fadling

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