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1 Blessed to be a Blessing Michael Goheen Burnaby, B.C.

2 What is mission? Two most common answers: Cross-cultural work done by mission organisations Outreach kinds of activities Important but mission in Bible much bigger

3 Starting with Gods Mission Long term purpose/intention to restore creation, all of human life Told in story of Bible Through IsraelJesuschurch/Spirit Church is mission Missional identity comes from role people of God play in biblical story

4 Participation in Gods Mission Fundamentally, our mission (if it is biblically informed and validated) means our committed participation as Gods people, at Gods invitation and command, in Gods own mission, within the history of Gods world for the redemption of Gods creation. - Chris Wright

5 Importance of Old Testament When we speak about the Church as the people of God in the world and enquire into the real nature of this Church, we cannot avoid speaking about the roots of the Church which are to be found in the Old Testament idea of Israel as the people of the covenant. So the question of the missionary nature of the Church, that is, the real relationship between the people of God and the world, cannot be solved until we have investigated the relation between Israel and the nations of the earth. - Johannes Blauw

6 Understanding Relationship of Israel to World: Two Key Texts Abrahamic Covenant: Genesis 12.1-3 (Gen. 18.18-19) Sinai Covenant: Exodus 19.3-6

7 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Blueprint: Twofold unfolding of Gods mission

8 Importance of Genesis 12:1-3... these few verses offer a theological blueprint for the redemptive history of the world - William Dumbrell

9 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Blueprint: Twofold unfolding of Gods mission Blessed to be a blessing

10 Blessed to be blessing Blessed: Place of Gods redemptive work To be a blessing: Channel of Gods redemptive work to others

11 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Blueprint: Twofold unfolding of Gods mission Blessed to be a blessing Chosen so that...

12 Two Orientations Chosen by God For the sake of the world The election of Israel is a matter of divine initiative which has as its goal the recognition of God by all the nations over the whole world.

13 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Blueprint: Twofold unfolding of Gods mission Blessed to be a blessing Chosen so that... Promise fulfilled by way of faithful lives Keep the way of the Lord Do what is right and just

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15 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Exodus 19: Sinai covenant Exodus: Formation of a holy people A redeemed people (Ex. 1-18)

16 GODgods of Egypt MosesPharaoh IsraelEgypt I will bring judgment on all the gods of Egypt. Freed from idols to serve the living and true God.

17 In the Exodus, the power of the suzerain is broken; the pharaoh, the god-king of Egypt, was defeated and therefore lost his right to be Israels suzerain lord; the Lord conquered the pharaoh and therefore ruled as King over Israel (Exod. 15:18). As their deliverer, God had claimed the right to call for his peoples obedient commitment to him in the covenant. - Peter Craigie

18 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Exodus 19: Sinai covenant Exodus: Formation of a holy people A redeemed people (Ex. 1-18) A covenant people (Ex. 19-24) Vocation: An attractive, distinctive life (19.3-6)

19 Treasured possession, holy nation, priestly kingdom... a people set apart, different from all other people by what they are and are becominga display people, a showcase to the world of how being in covenant with Yahweh changes a people. - John Durham

20 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Exodus 19: Sinai covenant Exodus: Formation of a holy people A redeemed people (Ex. 1-18) A covenant people (Ex. 19-24) Vocation: An attractive, distinctive life (19.3-6) Calling foundational for rest of the story

21 The history of Israel from this point on is in reality merely a commentary upon the degree of fidelity with which Israel adhered to this Sinai-given vocation - William Dumbrell

22 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Exodus 19: Sinai covenant Exodus: Formation of a holy people A redeemed people (Ex. 1-18) A covenant people (Ex. 19-24) Vocation: An attractive, distinctive life (19.3-6) Calling foundational for rest of the story Torah: Shape Israels life (20-23)

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24 Formation of People Backdrop of creation and sin Genesis 12: Abrahamic covenant Exodus 19: Sinai covenant Exodus: Formation of a holy people A redeemed people (Ex. 1-18) A covenant people (Ex. 19-24) Vocation: An attractive, distinctive life (19.3-6) Calling foundational for rest of the story Torah: Shape Israels life (20-23) A people of Gods presence (Ex. 25-40)

25 God converts the nations by working in the midst of His own People. His interventions, and these alone, make Israel the light of the world. The Church does its work of evangelisation in the measure in which its Lord gives it life; when it lives by Him its very existence is effectual. In contradistinction to what has sometimes been believed, mission has nothing in common with any sort of political or commercial enterprise; it is entirely dependent on the hidden activity of God within His Church, and is the fruit of a life really rooted in God. The evangelisation of the world is not primarily a matter of words or deeds: it is a matter of presencethe presence of the People of God in the midst of mankind and the presence of God in the midst of His People. And surely it is not in vain that the Old Testament reminds the Church of this truth. - Robert Martin-Achard

26 Rest of the story Failure of Israel Prophetic promise: Gathering and renewal Jesus gathers his people Jesus renews his people Jesus sends his people into the midst of the world

27 Continuing the Mission of Israel Incorporated into Abrahamic covenant: Blessed to be a blessing (Gal. 3.7-9) Taking up vocation of Sinai covenant: An attractive, distinctive life in midst of nations (1 Pet. 2.9-12) In Christ and by the Spirit (Rom. 8.3-4)

28 They would have to sing better songs for me to learn to have faith in their Redeemer: and his disciples would have to look more redeemed! - Friedrich Nietzsche

29 Look more redeemed today A community of justice in a world of economic and ecological injustice A community of generosity and simplicity (of enough) in a consumer world A community of selfless giving in a world of selfishness A community of truth (humility and boldness) in a world of relativism and uncertainty A community of hope in a world of disillusionment and consumer satiation A community of joy and thanksgiving in a hedonistic world that frantically pursues pleasure A community who experiences Gods presence in a secular world


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