Gospel Identity #5 ~ Missionary of God
Here is the fifth gospel identity I presented in my message at Grace & Truth last Sunday (3/28), missionary of God.
John 20:21 Jesus said to them again, “Peace be with you. As the Father has sent me, even so I am sending you.”
Acts 1:8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. All this is from God, who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation; 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. Therefore, we are ambassadors for Christ, God making his appeal through us. We implore you on behalf of Christ, be reconciled to God. For our sake he made him to be sin who knew no sin, so that in him we might become the righteousness of God.
Did you notice the progression of the 2 Corinthians passage? When we are made a new creation we become a minister of reconciliation through gospel proclamation. This identity is so fundamental to who we become in the new birth that in the Bible when anyone had a saving encounter with Jesus they were telling others. Yes, we plan & we train & we equip. But all of this is so that that we live out this missionary identity. We have been called out to go into.
In football what gives the huddle it’s meaning & purpose is saying “break” & then going to the line of scrimmage & actually running the play that was called in the huddle. A game with nothing but huddles would be no game at all (imagine watching that on TV!). Any church that wants to be in the game must be willing to say “break!” This is not about being someone you are not, firing off gospel tracts in every direction & going up to strangers & saying, “If you were to die right now where would you go?” No, it is about rolling up your sleeves, opening up your hearts & your houses & your schedules & your comfort zones to make the strangers that are around you your friends so that you can tell them in a real & authentic way about Jesus.
When you do this you are living out your gospel missionary identity. And you have a God who is more than willing to give you power & joy in doing so because your are stepping into the very purpose for which He created the world & sent His son—to be glorified in the salvation of sinners from every nation, tribe, language, & people. We are back in Revelation 7:9-12, which is right where we started!
Sink your teeth into these 5 gospel identities (Worshiper, Child, Learner, Servant, Missionary) & be nourished to grow in who you already are!
To learn more about 4 of these 5 identities (from a slightly different perspective in some cases) check out the Soma Communities website.