Missionary Guest Speaker
TEXTS: Heb. 13:12-14; Mt. 28:19; Luke 9:23; John 12:24
1. Jesus often calls His followers to go “outside the camp” (Hebrews 13:12-14) so that they can lift up others who are full of shame, guilt, and condemnation.
2. Just as Satan tempted Jesus to bypass the path of pain, he will tempt us with varying options that appear easier and more comfortable than a sacrificial life in which we advance the Kingdom of God.
3. Jesus will meet every need as we take the steps to serve and follow Him faithfully.
4. We can often think the price is too much to pay when considering the cross the Lord calls us to personally carry. But we must not forget that a resurrection is connected to every cross carried. This is vital to remember because there is not a mission of God that doesn’t require a cross to be carried.
5. Many missionaries find that the people they are ministering to are very open to Jesus, but they often have to deal with a lack of “workers” who are available and present to share Jesus with that particular culture or people group.
6. God uses everybody who will say, “Yeah, I will go. I will do it, I will serve!”
TALK TO EACH OTHER:
1. How can we point those who are full of shame, guilt, and condemnation towards hope?
2. How does Satan tempt believers away from a life in which they sacrifice to advance God's Kingdom? How have you noticed him doing this in our 21st Century American context?
3. Some people may get confused as to what "carrying your cross" means. What examples would you use to describe what carrying our cross means and looks like?
4. How would you define or describe this phrase we heard on Sunday morning: "There is a resurrection connected to every cross we carry."
5. What does Truth 6 communicate to us about God? What does it reveal about Him?
TALK TO GOD:
Pray as you feel led concerning the following areas:
- For more workers to advance God's Kingdom among the nations
- For God's work in Azerbhijan; specifically the Moebius family