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Secondary Task #1: Living a Baptized Life The Word Becomes Flesh
Part 5 The Secondary Mandate – Baptize the Nations Session 5.22 Secondary Task # 1: Living a Baptized Life - Living in Vital Union with Christ Session 5.23 Secondary Task #1: Living a Baptized Life - The Word Becomes Flesh
The Text Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 18-20
Outline The Word Became Flesh Kingdom Cells Starting a Kingdom Cell
Review What is the primary task of the Great CO- Mission? What are the two secondary tasks? What are the three main understandings of the concept of baptism? What is the significance of baptizing in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit?
Questions Group # 1 – What is the significance of the “vital relationship” for discipling a nation? Group # 2 – How do you disciple a nation? Group # 3 –Read John 1: 1, 14 –What do these verses have to do with the Great Commission?
What do these verses have to do with the Great CO-Mission? Text # 1 – John 8: 31-32 Text # 2 – James 1: 22-25 Text # 3 – 1 John 3: 17-18
The Rise of Christianity How did a small band of Christians bring the mighty Roman Empire to its knees? What accounts for the rise of Christianity?
Stark’s Thesis “Central doctrines of Christianity prompted and sustained attractive, liberating, and effective social relations and organizations.” Rodney Stark The Rise of Christianity
Stark’s Thesis “… it was the way these doctrines took on actual flesh, the way they directed organizational actions and individual behavior, that led to the rise of Christianity.” Rodney Stark The Rise of Christianity
Christ lives within you so that he reflects through you! You are the light of the world!
Questions Set # 1: –How might a spider organization engage in the Culture War and the Jihad War? –How might a starfish organization engage in the Culture War and the Jihad War? Set # 2: –What does the modern church most reflect: a starfish or a spider? –How could the church function more like a spider?
Love Cells Love, Love, Love, Love The gospel in one word is love Love your neighbor as yourself, for God is love!
Agape Three words for love in Greek –Eros – sexual love –Philos – friendship –Agape – God’s love: self-sacrificing love Agape applied to humankind – selflessness and self-giving love
Why are we to love? Set #1: John 13: 34-35;14: 15, 21-24; 15: 9, 10-12; 1 John 3: 23; 4: 21 Set # 2: John 13: 1, 14-15, 34; 15: 12; Eph. 5: 2
Whom are we to love? Set # 1: Eph. 5: 25; Titus 2: 4 Set # 2: Ex. 32: 32; Rom: 9: 2,3; 10: 1 Set # 3: Lev. 19: 34; Deu.10: 19; Heb. 13: 2 Set # 4: Ex. 23: 4-5; Matt. 5: 44; Rom. 12: 14,20; 1 Peter 3: 9
Four Analogies Look at each analogy: –Salt (Matthew 5: 13) –Light (Matthew 5: 14-16) –Yeast (Matthew 13: 33) –Mustard Seed (Matthew 13: 31-32) Questions: –What is the lesson from each analogy? –What would be the application of each lesson for a Love Cell?
Ecce Homo “I have done this for you; what have you done for me?” Domenico Feti
May the Lamb that was slain receive the reward of his suffering!
Persistent Public Love Group 1 Towards Secular Humanists Group 2 Towards Jihadists Identify a person or group whom you know who represents either Secular Humanists or Jihadists. How might you demonstrate God’s love to them? How might your group function as a Love Cell towards them?
Mother Teresa “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”
Responding to Jihadists Violence of the Sword with Vulnerability of the Cross Culture of Death with Culture of Life Hatred with Love Injustice with Justice Suicide to Kill Others with Sacrifice to Serve Others Tyranny with Freedom
I.S.L.A.M. We need to begin by saying, “I Sincerely Love All Muslims (I.S.L.A.M.).” Then we should prove that statement by our presence … putting our arms around them and saying to them, “God loves you; therefore I love you.” Brother Andrew
Start small (remember the mustard seed) Be organic – brushfires not campfires Pray and ask God to lead you Work quietly (no power or glory) Work collaboratively Be innovative and creative Give things and self away Be neighborly – love and serve
Tools http://www.harvestfoundation.org/ –Discipline of Love – Materials/Disciplines of Love –Seed Projects – Materials/Seed Projects –Stories from around the world - Stories
An Offensive of Kingdom Culture Biblical Theism –Truth – Beauty –Goodness Pagan Humanism – Animism –Lies/Illusion –Hideous/Mundane –Evil / Un- wholesomeness To baptize nations means to overwhelm them with Truth, Beauty and Goodness!