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Missions: Overcoming Barriers to the Fulfillment of the Great Commission

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  • 1. Missions:overcoming barriersto the fulfillment ofthe Great Commission 2.005, David Rogers

2. The Great Commission(Matthew 28:18-20)Jesus came to them and said: I have been given allauthority in heaven and on earth!Go to the people of all nations and make them mydisciples. Baptize them in the name of the Father,the Son, and the Holy Spirit.And teach them to do everything I have told you. Iwill be with you always, even until the end of theworld. 3. In order to make disciples of the people ofall nations... it is necessary to overcome 7 barriers. 4. Barrier #1Thegeographic barrier 5. Go to the people... You must go where the people are. 6. Then you will tell everyone about mein Jerusalem, in all Judea, in Samaria,and everywhere in the world.Acts 1.8The Lords followers who had beenscattered went from place to place,telling the good news.Acts 8.4 7. Some will have to intentionallygo from places where there is arelatively high percent ofbelievers to places where thereis a relatively low percent ofbelievers. 8. Missionary = Apostle = Sent One While they were worshiping the Lord and going without eating, the Holy Spirit told them, Appoint Barnabas and Saul to do the work for which I have chosen them. Everyone prayed and went without eating for a while longer. Next, they placed their hands on Barnabas and Saul to show that they had been appointed to do the work. Then everyone sent them on their way. Acts 13.2-3 9. Barrier #2 The languagebarrier 10. In the past God spoke to our forefathersthrough the prophets at many times and invarious ways, but in these last days he hasspoken to us by his Son, whom he appointedheir of all things, and through whom he madethe universe.Hebrews 1.1-2each one heard them speaking in his ownlanguage.Acts 2.6 11. As the soldiers were about to take Paul intothe barracks, he asked the commander,May I say something to you?Do you speak Greek? he replied.Acts 21.37Brothers and fathers, listen now to mydefense. When they heard him speak tothem in Aramaic, they became very quiet.Acts 22.1-2 12. Barrier #3The culturalbarrier 13. Though I am free and belong to no man, I makemyself a slave to everyone, to win as many as possible.To the Jews I became like a Jew, to win the Jews. Tothose under the law I became like one under the law(though I myself am not under the law), so as to winthose under the law. To those not having the law Ibecame like one not having the law (though I am notfree from Gods law but am under Christs law), so asto win those not having the law. To the weak I becameweak, to win the weak. I have become all things to allmen so that by all possible means I might save some.1 Corinthians 9.19-22 14. Normally, those who come fromthe same cultural context as thosewho are going to receive themessage will be more effective atcommunicating the message in aculturally relevant manner thanthose who come from anothercultural context. 15. However, there are situations inwhich there are not yet enoughevangelists and disciplers fromthe local cultural context toeffectively reach everyone. 16. In these situations, the mosteffective evangelists anddisciplers (even though they comefrom outside of the culturalcontext) will usually be those whobest adapt to the cultural context. 17. In any case, in order to reach agreater effectiveness in thecommunication of the gospel, it isnecessary to always transfer themain responsibility ofcommunicating the gospel to thosewho come from the same culturalcontext as much as possible, and assoon as possible. 18. Barrier #4 The social barrier 19. You must win the trust of the people. 20. Trust is won by way of 4 mainthings... 1. Friendship 2. Good works 3. A life testimony consistent with your spoken testimony 4. The communion of the church 21. Friendship...People dont care how much you know,until they know how much you care. 22. Good worksFor we do not preach ourselves, butJesus Christ as Lord, and ourselves asyour servants for Jesus sake.2 Corinthians 4.5 23. Life testimonyRather, we have renounced secret andshameful ways; we do not use deception, nordo we distort the word of God. On thecontrary, by setting forth the truth plainly wecommend ourselves to every mansconscience in the sight of God.2 Corinthians 4.2 24. The communion of the churchthat all of them may be one, Father, just as you are in meand I am in you. May they also be in us so that the world maybelieve that you have sent me.John 17.21We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that youalso may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is withthe Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ But if we walk inthe light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with oneanother.1 John 1.3, 7 25. Barrier #5The spiritual barrier 26. Spiritual Problems Indifference Hard hearts Spiritual blindness Spiritual strongholds 27. Spiritual solutionsPrayerFastingSpiritual warfareSigns and wondersThe power of the Word 28. And even if our gospel is veiled, it is veiledto those who are perishing. The god of thisage has blinded the minds of unbelievers, sothat they cannot see the light of the gospel ofthe glory of Christ, who is the image of God.2 Corinthians 4.3-4 29. I will rescue you from your ownpeople and from the Gentiles. I amsending you to them to open their eyesand turn them from darkness to light, andfrom the power of Satan to God, so thatthey may receive forgiveness of sins anda place among those who are sanctifiedby faith in me.Acts 26.17-18 30. The weapons we fight with are not theweapons of the world. On the contrary,they have divine power to demolishstrongholds. We demolish argumentsand every pretension that sets itself upagainst the knowledge of God, and wetake captive every thought to make itobedient to Christ.2 Corinthians 10.4-5 31. Now, Lord, consider their threats andenable your servants to speak your wordwith great boldness. Stretch out yourhand to heal and perform miraculoussigns and wonders through the name ofyour holy servant Jesus.Acts 4:29-30 32. But if an unbeliever or someone whodoes not understand comes in whileeverybody is prophesying, he will beconvinced by all that he is a sinner andwill be judged by all, and the secrets ofhis heart will be laid bare. So he will falldown and worship God, exclaiming, Godis really among you!1 Corinthians 14.24-25 33. But this kind does not go outexcept by prayer and fasting.Matthew 17.21 34. Barrier #6Thecommunication barrier 35. You must communicate themessage of the gospel. 36. God was pleased through the foolishnessof what was preached to save those whobelieve.1 Corinthians 1.21How, then, can they call on the one theyhave not believed in? And how can theybelieve in the one of whom they have notheard? And how can they hear withoutsomeone preaching to them?Romans 10.14 37. You must communicate themessage in a way that isunderstandable.But the one who received the seed that fell ongood soil is the man who hears the word andunderstands it. He produces a crop, yielding ahundred, sixty or thirty times what was sown.Matthew 13.23 38. You must communicate clearly...The message of reconciliationmore so than how to get to heaven, the gospel is about how to mend our broken relationship with our Heavenly FatherThe message of gracea gospel that leaves room for trusting in good works is not an authentic gospelThe message of repentancethe prerequisite for receiving the gift of grace is a sincerely repentant heart 39. According to the Great Commission,the work of making disciples ismade up not only of baptizing themin the name of the Father, of the Son,and of the Holy Spirit, but also ofteaching them to obey everythingthat Jesus has commanded us. 40. If we ever have to choosebetween how much Bible isunderstood or how much Bible isobeyed, my prejudice is in favorof obeyed truth.Carl George, The Coming ChurchRevolution 41. This task of post-conversiondiscipleship normally is bestcarried out in the context of alocal church, with a personalizedmethodology, either one-on-oneor in small groups. 42. If we are able to overcomethese first 6 barriers, almostcertainly, we will have at leastmade some disciples. But... 43. the Great Commission will still not have beenfulfilled.In order to do this, there isone more barrier that mustbe overcome... 44. Barrier #7The logistic barrier 45. We must have a strategy ofmultiplication. 46. Multiplying disciples,multiplying disciple-makers. 47. But he said, I must preach the good news ofthe kingdom of God to the other towns also,because that is why I was sent.Luke 4.43This went on for two years, so that all theJews and Greeks who lived in the province ofAsia heard the word of the Lord.Acts 19.10 48. Multiplication models...Cell churchesthe G-12 modelthe 5 x 5 modelSimple churches or house churchesPioneer Evangelism 49. The key... Training, mobilizing, and multiplying evangelists, disciplers, and lay leaders 50. The main limiting factor in thepart of the harvest thatcorresponds to the church, is,very probably, the lack of trainedleaders. Carl George, The Coming Church Revolution 51. Learn to develop cell-groupleaders. That is the mostimportant single thing that youneed to do as a leader of achurch. Carl George, The Coming Church Revolution 52. No church can reach everyone on itsown. Therefore, it will be necessary tomultiply the amount of available unitsto serve a greater quantity ofdemographic segments and differentcommunities within a generalpopulation.Carl George, The Coming ChurchRevolution 53. The secret of the expansion of the Christianmovement is the mobilization of moreworkers. The key is not just new churches, butalso new units. It is a model based onharvesters. The more units there are, the moreharvesters there will be who can be effective.The best way, then, of preparing for a greaterharvest is training more leaders who will beable to care for people.Carl George