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Fill the Throne Room! Revelation 7:9-10. Fill the Throne Room… because People need to be there! because God wants you involved! because We Can!

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1 Fill the Throne Room! Revelation 7:9-10

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3 Fill the Throne Room… because People need to be there! because God wants you involved! because We Can!

4 PEOPLE need to be there! YOU! Will you be there? Are you sure?

5 PEOPLE need to be there! 1 John 5:11-13 And the testimony is this, that God has given us eternal life, and this life is in His Son. He who has the Son has the life; he who does not have the Son of God does not have the life. These things I have written to you who believe in the name of the Son of God, so that you may know that you have eternal life.

6 PEOPLE need to be there! YOU! YOUR NEIGHBORS: “your people” Same language and worldview. No ‘barriers’ of culture.

7 PEOPLE need to be there! YOU! YOUR NEIGHBORS: “your people” YOUR NEIGHBORS: “every people”

8 Jesus’ view of ‘neighbor’ Luke 10:29-37 Across cultural barriers Across even ‘hated’ barriers The ‘heathen’ was the hero Such are OUR ‘neighbors’

9 God wants YOU involved! His Word

10 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph Mosaic Covenant Kingdom/Psalms Prophets Christ Epistles

11 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel –Humankind created to glorify God as His image-bearers –Fall of mankind, setback in that calling –Flood brought judgment –Judgment at Babel yields ethnic diversity & future focus on bringing them to God

12 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Gen 12:3 “…and in you all the families of the earth will be blessed." Gen 22:18 “…in your seed all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”

13 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph -Blessing affirmed to Jacob Gen 28:14-15 “…in your descendants shall all the families of the earth be blessed.”

14 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph -Blessing affirmed to Jacob -Complacency, dysfunction in family -Their evil becomes ‘odious’ to nations -Favorite son Joseph lost to Jacob -Joseph honors God -God is glorified among Egyptians & all nations!

15 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph Mosaic Covenant

16 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the Mosaic Covenant Ex 19:5-6 “…you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.”

17 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the Mosaic Covenant “The Law was not just for individual morality, but it was also to give the fledgling nation judicial and religious statutes upon which they could be a testimony to the surrounding nations.” George Olson What in the World is God Doing?, p. 23

18 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the Mosaic Covenant Ex 19:5-6 “…you shall be My own possession among all the peoples, for all the earth is Mine; and you shall be to Me a kingdom of priests and a holy nation.” In responding to the law, Israel began a CYCLE of reminder, rebellion, rebuke and restoration seen throughout rest of Old Testament…in ‘rebuke’ God uses and reaches the ‘nations.’ As seen with Jacob/Joseph.

19 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph Mosaic Covenant Kingdom/Psalms/Exile/Prophets –“Nations” priority: in every major book from Samuel to Malachi

20 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the Kingdom/Psalms/Exile/Prophets Important ‘nations’ Scriptures: I Kings 8:41-43; Psalm 9:11, 22:7, 46:10, 66:4, 67, 96, 105:1; Isaiah 42:1-4, 49:6, 52:10-15, 43:10, 44:8, 45:22; Jeremiah 3:17, Joel 2:28, Micah 4:1-4, Habakkuk 2:14, Haggai 2:7, Zechariah 2:11, 9:10, Malachi 1:11

21 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph Mosaic Covenant Kingdom/Psalms/Exile/Prophets –“Nations” priority: in every major book from Samuel to Malachi –Repeat of Cycle, the Exiles touch the “nations”

22 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the Kingdom/Psalms/Exile/Prophets “(The)…dispersion of the Jews…produced a number of positive effects: It cured them of idolatry; It forced them to establish synagogues for the study and exposition of the Word; It forced them into situations where the godly remnant did bear powerful witness to the true God.” George Olson What in the World is God Doing?, p. 29

23 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… Creation to Babel Abrahamic Call/Covenant Jacob/sons/Joseph Mosaic Covenant Kingdom/Psalms/Exile/Prophets Christ

24 Priority of “Nations” in the Word… In the words/ministry of Christ Half of recorded words of Christ in His last 40 days of ministry are about “the nations.” The church begins to go out immediately and does so throughout the New Testament. We see the importance in the next two priorities.

25 God wants YOU involved! His Word His Great Commission

26 God wants YOU involved! Matt 28:18-20 "All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth. Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and the Son and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you; and lo, I am with you always, even to the end of the age."

27 God wants YOU involved! His Word His Great Commission –Final “Marching Orders” –His authority and presence –Requires a response

28 God wants YOU involved! His Word His Great Commission His Return

29 God wants YOU involved! Matthew 24:14 "This gospel of the kingdom shall be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all the nations, and then the end will come.

30 God wants YOU involved! Current Joshua Project estimate of Unreached People Groups today… …about SIX THOUSAND!

31 God wants YOU involved! “God is pursuing with omnipotent passion a worldwide purpose of gathering joyful worshippers for himself from every tribe and tongue and people and nation. He has an inexhaustible enthusiasm for the supremacy of His name among the nations. Therefore let us bring our affections into line with His, and, for the sake of His name, let us renounce the quest for worldly comforts, and join His global purpose.” John Piper Let the Nations Be Glad, p. 40

32 WE CAN! We have a call & strategy …and power to fulfill it. We have tools here and now.

33 Global Impact Ministry Tools and Opportunities Calendar in your hand –Pray! (calendar prayer guide) –Engage! (see inside front cover) Bulletin Insert in your hand –Global Goodies Dessert – 14th –ST Trips Lunches 9 th /16 th Foyer Today –Meet a missionary!

34 Global Impact Ministry Tools and Opportunities Getting Connected… Pat or Bel –

35 WE CAN! We have a call & strategy …and power to fulfill it. We have tools here and now. Our challenge.

36 “…the church is bound to engage with the Lord of Glory in His cause. It is our unspeakable privilege to be caught up with Him in the greatest movement in history – the ingathering of the elect ‘from all tribes and tongues and peoples and nations’” John Piper Let the Nations Be Glad, p. 223

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