Pastor Shane Ham and Pastor Andrew Lossau : Living on Mission

Unchanging · 52:05 · Recorded August 30, 2020

Living On Mission

Mark 16:15 (MSG) Then he said, “Go into the world. Go everywhere and announce the Message of God’s good news to one and all.”

Acts 1:4-9 (NIV) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about. For John baptized with water, but in a few days you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit.” So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?” He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority. But 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.” After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.

Understanding God’s heart:

God is a searching God.

2 Chronicles 16:9 (NCV) The LORD searches all the earth for people who have given themselves completely to him.

Luke 15:1-10 (NIV) Now the tax collectors and “sinners” were all gathering around to hear him. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.” Then Jesus told them this parable: “Suppose one of you has a hundred sheep and loses one of them. Does he not leave the ninety-nine in the open country and go after the lost sheep until he finds it? And when he finds it, he joyfully puts it on his shoulders and goes home. Then he calls his friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost sheep.’ I tell you that in the same way there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who do not need to repent. Or suppose a woman has ten silver coins and loses one. Does she not light a lamp, sweep the house and search carefully until she finds it? And when she finds it, she calls her friends and neighbors together and says, ‘Rejoice with me; I have found my lost coin.’ In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing in the presence of the angels of God over one sinner who repents.”

God is a sending God.

Matthew 16:19 (NIV) “I will give you the keys of the kingdom of heaven; whatever you bind on earth will be bound in heaven, and whatever you loose on earth will be loosed in heaven.”

The world is hurting, and the only hope is Jesus!

Personalizing God’s strategy:

1. The local church is God’s plan for mission.

2 Corinthians‬ ‭5:19b-20‬ (‭NIV) ‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬“And he has committed to us the message of reconciliation. We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.”‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

Acts‬ ‭2:42-47‬ (‭NIV) They devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and to fellowship, to the breaking of bread and to prayer. Everyone was filled with awe at the many wonders and signs performed by the apostles. All the believers were together and had everything in common. They sold property and possessions to give to anyone who had need. Every day they continued to meet together in the temple courts. They broke bread in their homes and ate together with glad and sincere hearts, praising God and enjoying the favor of all the people. And the Lord added to their number daily those who were being saved.‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬‬

See the full conversation with our partners in Africa and India at northpointe.org/updates

2. The Holy Spirit is God’s promise for mission.

Acts 1:4 (NIV) On one occasion, while he was eating with them, he gave them this command: “Do not leave Jerusalem, but wait for the gift my Father promised, which you have heard me speak about.”

John 14:25-26 (NIV) “All this I have spoken while still with you. But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

3. Consistent prayer is God’s power for mission.

1 Thessalonians 5:16-18 (NIV) Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.

Matthew 9:35-38 (ESV) “The harvest is abundant, but the workers are few. Therefore, pray to the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into His harvest.”

Prayer that is rooted in Christ, results in action.

Action that is rooted in Christ, results in prayer.

Starting today:

One person

One problem

One place

  • How has this message series rejuvenated your passion for God’s eternal purposes? Which purpose do you naturally gravitate towards? Which purpose seems most challenging or intimidating? What is your next step in implementing the purposes in a deeper way in your life and ideas for sharing them with others?

  • Part of living on mission is sharing your story with others. They need to know the difference Christ has made in your life! Have you ever done that? Are you ready to? Work with a friend, family member, or your small group to create a 2-4 minute testimony of your “before and after” with Jesus.

  • Pastor Shane talked about how the parable of the lost sheep and the lost coin was a response to religious people. Later in the message Alyssa talked about how being religious, trying to live out our faith on our own power, is like an air-filled balloon instead of a helium-filled balloon. Is your life more defined by being religious or by living in the promise of the Holy Spirit? How does living surrendered to God’s Spirit change your attitude and action?

  • At the end of the message Pastor Andrew encouraged you to pray for and focus on: one person, one problem, and one place. Share with your small group what God prompted you to write. If you haven’t shared with the church yet, it’s not too late—go to northpointe.org/missions and let us know so we can join you in prayer that leads to action.

  • Parents – Check out the information on our kid’s page at northpointe.org/kids where you’ll find info on Sunday services and family resources to help you as you navigate this current season.

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