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“The Church exists for the sake of those who are not members, as sign, foretaste and instrument of God's redeeming grace for the whole life of society.”

-Lesslie Newbigin (British Theologian)

Christ has chosen some to be apostles, some prophets, some evangelists, some shepherds, and some teachers. Their responsibility is to equip God’s people for the work of the ministry and for building up the body of Christ, which is the Church.

-Ephesians 4:11-12

All authority in Heaven and on earth have been give to me. Therefore, go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit, teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you and surely, I am with you to the very end of the age.

-Matthew 28:18-20

1. I should be announcing and demonstrating between God and man and with one another.

We can rejoice in our relationship with God because our Lord Jesus Christ has reconciled us to Him.

-Romans 5:11

We are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were making His appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ: Be reconciled to God.

-2 Corinthians 5:20

Faith in Christ Jesus is what makes each of you equal with each other, whether you are a Jew or a Greek, a slave or a free person, a man or a woman.

-Galatians 3:28

2. I must promote God’s .

Speak up for those who cannot speak for themselves; ensure justice for those being crushed.

-Proverbs 31:8

 Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.

-Romans 12:21

3. I can create that draws people close to God.

The heavens proclaim the glory of God. The skies display his craftsmanship.

-Psalm 19:1

4. I must do my part to bring and healing to the world.

Go back and report to John what you hear and see: the blind receive sight, the lame walk, those who have leprosy are cured, the deaf hear, the dead are raised, and the good news is preached to the poor. Blessed is the man who does not fall away on account of me.

-Matthew 11:2-6

To discuss during the week with your family or Life Group

1. How does the thought of your life being a “trailer” for the bigger story of God’s rule and reign strike you? Why?

2. What has been your experiencing journaling?

3. Which of the missional priorities of reconciliation, justice, beauty and wholeness do you gravitate to most? Least? Explain.

4. Do you find it difficult to think of yourself as a full-time minster/missionary? Why or why not? How does your life need to change to live this out?

5. What is your next step as a result of this message?