Sound the alarm. Call the guards. Tell your mama. We concluded our series! We spent 11 weeks focusing on who we are in Christ and ended with how all of those truths propel us to be serious about discipleship and the nations. Our community groups are finishing up their Gospel-Centered Life studies (which, in my estimation, has been too convicting for comfort), and we are headed toward our new series, “Something’s Gotta Give.”
I rode shotgun on this one as Steve Elworth, Global Outreach Director (is that supposed to be capitalized?), preached. It’s one thing I love about The Chapel and, more specifically, Kevin McKee–always willing to give young guys a shot at things young guys don’t usually get a shot at unless they go and try to plant their own church.
You could give Steve three seconds’ notice and he’d roll into this subject. It’s his wheelhouse, but the whole sermon can get summarized in this:
God has a plan for me in his plan for the world.
The beauty of that statement is that God is always working in the world and that every believer under the sun has a role in what God is doing in this world. First, we see that Christ’s redemption had a unique purpose:
Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us–for it is written “Cursed is everyone who is hanged on a tree”–so that in Christ Jesus the blessing of Abraham might come to the Gentiles, so that me might receive the promised Spirit through faith. (Galatians 3:13-14)
In other words, Christ redeemed us so that others (specifically, Gentiles) might receive the blessing of Abraham, and thus the Holy Spirit. So, when we see this and the Great Commission together (Matthew 28:18-20) we recognize: (1) God’s redemption goes out and (2) the nations are a necessary part of this redemption.
What’s wonderful is, as Steve said, the Great Commission is about being globally-minded, and that can happen anywhere. The nations are everywhere. Steve mentioned some specific ways we can be involved in global proclamation:
- Go–God does ask people to leave. In fact, he asks everyone to leave. It’s just a matter of where.
- Pray–Continually praying for the return of Jesus in the world and the name of Jesus proclaimed to the unreached world can only grow your heart for the world. Struggling with it? Check out Joshua Project or Operation World.
- Send–I’m talking money. Be a part of sending people to the nations. It takes money to get someone to the unreached, and God has uniquely blessed some people with the ability and resources to do this. Is that you?
- Welcome–As was mentioned, the nations are everywhere. Are you able to invite those from the world into your home? If you, like us, live on or near a college campus, then you have even more opportunities.
- Mobilize–Help people get a vision for the nations and see how they can interact with the globe.
All in all, a great Sunday. And a joy to get Steve in front of the Oaks family.