Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

Missional Thinking 101 for Worshipers: Our Worldview

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Awestruck FamilyAnd I will put enmity between you and the woman,

  and between your offspring and hers;

he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.

Genesis 3:15, NIV

A worldview is the lens through which people view and understand life. In Basic Training for Mission Teams, Jerry Rankin and Phyllis Tadlock defined worldview as: “Shared beliefs, feelings and values that drive the behavior and life patterns of individuals and cultures.”1 A Christian worldview sees history as “His story,” the story of God’s mission to redeem the world. God’s story is a continuum with a beginning and an end. Some have portrayed this redemption story as the story of three trees: the tree of good and evil in the Garden of Eden; the tree of Calvary where Jesus gave his life for us; and the tree of life in Revelation 2:7 at the end of this age.

In the above Scripture, God unveiled his redemption plan immediately after Adam and Eve fell into sin. God revealed to Satan as serpent that ultimately Jesus would crush his head even after Satan had wounded the Son of Man. This prophecy was fulfilled in Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection.

The Bible is full of stories showing our God on mission to restore fallen humanity. His redemption story unfolds in distinctive chapters across the ages: the creation; the fall into sin; the plan of redemption announced; the faith covenant with Abraham to bless the world through his offspring; the prophecies of the coming of Messiah; the birth, ministry, crucifixion, and victorious resurrection of Jesus Christ; the Great Commissioning of the church to join God on his redemptive mission; the gospel taken to the nations; the second coming of Christ; and the consummation of his story when all disciples are worshiping the Lamb at the heavenly throne.

You and I are a part of this continuing story. We have been commissioned by God to join his mission and share his story. What an amazing concept, that God would use people like you and me to redeem our world back into relationship with himself through Jesus Christ.  Let’s not waste a moment in this life. Let God use you continually as his instrument to “seek and save the lost”.  EVERY CHRISTIAN IS CALLED TO BE A MISSIONARY TO THEIR COMMUNITY AND THE WORLD!  — Mark Powers

1. Rankin and Tadlock, Basic Training for Mission Teams, 28.


Author: Mark Powers

Worship Pastor, Riverland Hills Baptist Church, Columbia SC - April 1, 2018 to present Former Director, Worship and Music, South Carolina Baptist Convention, Columbia SC: 2008 - 2018 Author - "GOING FULL CIRCLE: Worship that Moves Us to Discipleship and Missions" - www.GoingFullCircle.org (Resource Publications, Wipf & Stock, Eugene OR, 2013) President, www.WorshipWise.com - Empowering YOU for Powerful Worship Leading! Presenter/Speaker on the MusicArts Mission Movement (M3). To contact MP about presenting or speaking for your conference or training event, e-mail mark@riverlandhills.org or call 803-640-9037. I would love to come and share how your worship ministries can join God on mission in your community!

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