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Step 5: Mission

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Next Steps are designed to help us grow as Christians in two categories: God's Mission and God's Word. 

←Mission→ Look out to the world; look in at our lives. 


Mission Training: 1 Peter 3:15 "...but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect..." 

2 Timothy 4:2 "...preach the word; be ready in season and out of season; reprove, rebuke, and exhort, with complete patience and teaching." 

You randomly meet your neighbor in front of your apartment… You make a new acquaintance at the shopping mall… Your co-worker asks you what you did last Sunday… Your family member hints that they might be interested in Christianity… Your friend shares she is feeling hopeless and asks you how you have hope and peace... 

We never know what opportunities and open doors for sharing our faith God will give us—or when! This is why the Bible instructs us to be prepared and ready at all times. Here are some practical ways to be prepared to share, explain, and defend your faith to others:    
• Always carry several church invites with you.
• Bookmark a helpful sermon video or blog that might help explain a commonly asked questions that you can share with anyone who asks.
• Have a Bible or Bible app with you at all times.
• Keep your testimony story fresh in your mind, ready to naturally share with anyone.
• Memorize how to share the gospel briefly.
• Be a learner. Read a variety of Christian books so you know what to recommend and or are able to share ideas directly yourself.
• Keep a journal (paper or digital) of helpful Bible passages, sermon notes, and other ideas.
• Frequently reflect on what it was like before you became a Christian. Speak from such a perspective when communicating with non-Christians.
• Proverbs 27:17 "Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.” Consistently participate in small group.

Take a few minutes to brainstorm other ways to be prepared to share about the hope we have in Jesus Christ. 


Accountability:  Last time we set a goal to share our testimony with one or more persons from our prayer list. How did that go? Celebrate any victories and encourage one another to keep striving to share Christ's love and gospel with those around you! 


Goals & PrayerLooking at your prayer list, choose at least one person. How will you share Christ with them in the next two weeks (examples: share your testimony, share the gospel, invite them to church, study First Steps, etc.)? Share the name of the person you choose and the goal you’ve set. Pray for these goals and for one another.


↑Word↓ Look up to God's Word; look down to our lives. 


Gather Together Around God’s Word: Next Steps 5 - Mission

God’s Mission
John 3:16 [16] For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. [17] For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

God is on a mission to save the world from sin. Motivated by his own glory and his great love for us, God sent his Son Jesus on this rescue mission. Jesus died for sin and victoriously rose from the dead.
God’s Heart:

1 Timothy 2:3-4 [3] This is good, and it is pleasing in the sight of God our Savior, [4] who desires all people to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.

God wants all people to be saved. But they need to hear first!

Romans 10:13-15 [13] For “everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved.” [14] How then will they call on him in whom they have not believed? And how are they to believe in him of whom they have never heard? And how are they to hear without someone preaching? [15] And how are they to preach unless they are sent? As it is written, “How beautiful are the feet of those who preach the good news!”

Who will go and tell them? God is calling you to be apart of his mission!

Discussion: Who did God use in your life to tell you about his love and gospel?

Your Mission
2 Corinthians 5:18-20 [18] All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; [19] that is, in Christ God was reconciling the world to himself, not counting their trespasses against them, and entrusting to us the message of reconciliation. [20] Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God.

Every Christian has been reconciled in order to be a minister of reconciliation!

God’s mission is your mission! Own the mission!

Our Mission

We are not in this alone. The mission is the church’s mission. Together we are a band of soldiers on mission, seeking to share the message of hope to those who are help captive in their sins and ignorance of God.

“The mission of the church is to go into the world and make disciples by declaring the gospel of Jesus Christ in the power of the Spirit and gathering these disciples into churches, that they might worship the Lord and obey his commands now and in eternity to the glory of God the Father.” - Kevin DeYoung

Jesus’ last words to us, his church, were: Matthew 28:18-20 [18] And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. [19] Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, [20] teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.”

Ways to Share Your Faith
• Share your testimony of how and why you became a Christian.
• Ask your friends and family if you can talk with them about Jesus sometime and explain the Gospel to them. Use the First Steps Bible Study. 
• Give someone a copy of The Gospel of John, The Search, or Two Ways to Live and ask them to read it and discuss it with you. 


Fellowship:  How is everyone doing? What was the most significant event in the past two weeks? Is there something heavy upon your heart? Does anyone need prayer?