✔When we meet God in Genesis we often miss what is being shown
- We argue evolution when the main point of the story is Creation
- An act of the Creator
*We see God moving ----> from a place of comfort to a new place
**Some refer to this as the Missionary Nature of God
- God sends His Son
- Father and Son send Spirit to engulf the Church, creating a new family/community
- The Spirit sends us (As Jesus sends disciples...& breathes on them. Without the Spirit we cannot be sent.)
✔We are created in order to be sent (being sent is how we imitate God’s nature)
✔ The Church is measured on their response to their sentness
**We are currently in a posture of being called or being sent. There is no...
- Middle ground
- Waiting period
- Marking Time
- Treading Water
- Anything else is spiritual stagnancy which is death.
Church (as a result of Christ’s redemptive work and personal and interpersonal working of the Holy Spirit) = A new community living in the midst of a fallen world and broken humanity which is controlled by the power of the air. (Van Gelder)
*There’s a war going on!!
Jesus is incredible important to the Christian faith:
- He represents the nature of the faith
- He covers people’s past
- He represents the New Creation which is the result of & proof of REDEMPTION
There is also a prophetic nature to the church that represents God current and future reign!!
(This is why the Lord and the enemy play for keeps...they know that the NOW is the future!!!)
✔(Luke 3) Jesus is baptized in Luke 3 by John
✔(Luke 4.1) Jesus is tempted in the wilderness during his fast
✔(Luke 4.14) Jesus goes home to preach & is rejected & his life is threatened
✔(Luke 4.31) Jesus preaches in Capernaum (Galilee) & a demon manifests
...manifests isn’t just what it does.
...it taunts Jesus...at the top of his voice (Luke 4.33 & )
“Ha! What do you want with us, Jesus of Nazareth? Have you come to destroy us? I know who you are---the Holy One of God!
“Be quiet!” Jesus said sternly. (v. 35)...
*As Jesus arrived in the region of the Gadarenes, two demon-possessed men from the tombs confronted Jesus...
“What do you want with us, Son of God?” They shouted. “Have you come her to torture us before the appointed time?”
✔ Jesus’s mere presence poses a threat to the status quo
✔ He knew he was sent, so he wasn’t side tracked by this demonic freak show
✔ This out break was proof that he was a threat
✔ Jesus reps the Church (Body of believers) in this story
✔ Believers pose a threat to the enemy as we reflect God’s ultimate & eternal reign
***Only Healthy Missional Churches pose a threat to the enemy. (They pursue Christ & pursue His priorities...his mission in the world.) **Where are you in being sent????