The Mission of God


On A Mission: the Mission of God

Original – based on C Wright  – BSMc

When We Hear the Word “Mission”

  • Missionaries
  • Travel overseas
  • Do we think of mission as plan of action?
  • Do we think of our mission or God’s?
  • Jn 6:38

God’s Mission

  • In Creation – Gen 1:1-2
  • In Redemption – Eph 3:9-12
  • Make Himself Known
    • Ps 19:1
    • Rom 1:19-20

God’s Mission in Man

(Man’s Mission) from Creation

  • Gen 1:28; 2:15
    • Fill the earth, rule the earth
    • Care for creation
    • Know and trust (have faith in) God (Gen 2:15-16)
    • Have Fellowship with God – Gen 3:8-9
  • Man messed up!

God’s Mission in Israel (Israel’s Mission)

  • Began with Abram – Gen 12:2-3
  • Repeated in Ps 96:1-6
  • Proclaimed in the Prophets – Isa 12:4-5
  • Their Mission: To introduce the world around them to God.
  • Note how God uses Israel in Egypt to make Himself Known
    • Exodus 7:5, 14
    • 8:10
    • 9:14, 16
    • 12:12
    • 14:18
    • So that Egypt and the World may know . . .

God’s Mission with Jesus (Jesus Mission)

  • 2 Cor 5:19 – reconciliation
  • Jn 14:9-11 – That disciples (Hebrews) would see the Father
  • 2 Cor 4:4-6 – so that all could know God

God’s Mission for the Church (Our Mission)

  • 1 Tim 2:3-4 – God does not long for anyone to spend eternity in torment.
  • Jn 17:20-21, 25, 26 – Jesus’ prayer is for all the world to know Him and God.
  • Our mission is to continue God’s mission to declare God to the world.
    • So that they might know Him.
    • So that they might obey Him.

2 Thess 1:7-10

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