THE CROSS AND THE MISSION OF GOD

40 DAYS OF INSPIRATION

40 Days of Inspiration The Cross and the Mission of God Study Guide
Please join us this Lenten season as we look at how we can be apart of God’s mission in the world, devotionals will be posted every Wednesday from February 26th (Ash Wednesday) – April 1st, and during Holy Week.
 
You can also Print a copy or pick up one at either Campus.
 
Content used with the permission of Rev. Greg Finke, quoted, summarized, and adapted from the following materials and resources:
Dwelling114.org/blog
Joining Jesus on His Mission: How to Be an Everyday Missionary (Tyler, TX: Tenth Power Publishing, 2014).
Joining Jesus Show Me How: How to Disciple Everyday Missionaries (Tyler, TX: Tenth Power Publishing, 2017).

Easter Sunday

 
 
Jesus is on the Loose! What are You Expecting to See Today!
Pastor Greg Finke

The Easter Gospels communicate many important truths. Here’s one I overlooked until recently: How easy it is to miss Jesus when we don’t expect to see Him. In John 20, Jesus is standing right in front of Mary but
she doesn’t realize it is Him. At least one reason why? She didn’t expect to see Him there. “Where have you put Him?Mary asks the One she thinks is a gardener. “He’s supposed to be in this tomb.

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Good Friday

 
 
It is Finished so It can Begin: The Reason He Took Away our Sins
Pastor Greg Finke
 
We want the people of God to hear and experience the good news of God: Jesus died on the cross and rose again to save us from our sins!
 
As we prepare to help the people of God celebrate what they are saved FROM, let’s not forget to champion what they are saved FOR. Easter is not a finish line; it is a launching pad! Let’s go ahead and tell them the REST of the story. Let’s go ahead and tell them what is now in play BECAUSE Jesus died and rose. Let’s go ahead and tell them what they are saved to DO. On Easter Sunday Jesus launched a redemptive ADVENTURE and many of our people don’t even know about it!

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Maundy Thursday

 
 
Gather and Go: Jesus’ Invitation to Missional Community
Pastor Greg Finke
 
Imagine missionaries from all around Nepal, Ghana, or Indonesia coming together on a regular basis to share the stories of what they have seen God doing in their mission fields. Imagine them having the opportunity to share with each other what they are learning through trial and error – both what is working and what is not working. Imagine the support, insight, and positive accountability the missionaries would receive gathering like this.

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Palm Sunday

 
 
“99 is Not Enough: Why Jesus Pursued the Cross”
Pastor Greg Finke
 
As we journey through these holy days between Palm Sunday and Easter, it is smart to remember exactly why God ordained these events to happen. Why was Jesus given over to this suffering and death? Why was this the Father’s will? What’s the point to the empty tomb? These events – the suffering and dying and rising of Jesus – are means to God’s greater end. You see, God has a mission and the death and resurrection of His Son for the forgiveness of your sins are key means to His end.

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Simple Practices: The Mission of God through the People of God

 
 
Jesus is our missional God. When I have taken up His teachings and lifestyle and am recognizing and responding to Him in my daily life, that’s missional living with our missional God.
So how do we get there?

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The Invitation: Joining Jesus on His Mission

 
 
Jesus is on a mission.
He is on a grand adventure to redeem and restore human lives to the kingdom of his Father. This is nothing new. Ever since he broke out of the tomb on Easter Sunday, Jesus has been on the loose, pursuing his redemptive mission, messing with people, ripening people, preparing people to be drawn back to the Father he loves. It’s what he does.

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The Mission’s Church: Our Small Part in God’s Great Big Mission

 
 
“What difference can I make?”
 
The mission of God is global in its scope. It includes every person in every community in every nation. As I write this, there are approximately 7.2 billion people spread out over 57.3 million square miles on the face of the earth. How in the world can our small lives make a difference when the mission of God is so enormous?

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The Cross: Absolutely Necessary to God’s Mission

 
 
From that time on Jesus began to explain to His disciples that He must go to Jerusalem and suffer many things at the hands of the elders, chief priests and teachers of the law, and that He must be killed and on the third day be raised to life.” Matthew 16:21
The question as we approach Holy Week is, “Why?” Why the cross? Why “must” He go? Hebrews 12:2 gives us a hint, “Let us fix our eyes on Jesus,…who for the joy set before Him endured the cross…” For Jesus there was something beyond the cross, that meant going through the cross, that was worth enduring the cross. “For the joy set before Him” He endured the cross.

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Redemption and Restoration

 
The mission of God is the unifying theme of scripture. It’s what the Bible is about. It’s the one main thing. It’s what God was up to in the Old Testament New Testament. It’s what God is up to right now in little and large ways. God has a mission. And His mission is what gives purpose and priority to every other teaching and practice in the Bible. So if we don’t know what the mission of God is, we are in danger of missing His point. Whatever God says is the point, is the point. And God says the point is to redeem and restore all things through Jesus. “He that sat upon the throne said, ‘Behold, I make all things new!’” (Revelation 21:5) That’s the mission of God.

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Ash Wednesday

 
 
Coming to Grips with Reality: How is Jesus Messing with You?
 
I’m finding that Jesus is messing with a lot of us.
 
There is a growing sense among the U.S. Christians I am talking with that Jesus is on the move, that He’s messing with our presumptions, calling us to something more than what we have settled for. He is giving many of us a holy discontent with the status quo so that we will look up from what we are doing, pay attention to Him and start to wrestle with what He is currently showing us and asking of us.

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