Growing Worshiping Disciples on Mission for Christ

Missional Thinking 101 for Worshipers: Our Missional Eyes

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cross sun full      For God so loved the world

that He gave His only begotten Son.

John 3:16a, KJV

If God were to walk the streets of our cities and towns, what would be his perspective? God would walk our streets with a broken heart looking into each face that did not know him. Relationship with people is the reason God created the earth and placed us on this planet. And God made relationship possible by sending Jesus to die for our sin and conquer spiritual death forever.

So if God walked our streets knowing that he has already made every provision for relationship, his heart would break for those who remain separated from him. Those outside of relationship with God in Christ are dead people walking—fully alive physically, yet dead spiritually. And his heart breaks for each one. Our missional eyes are opened when we understand that our friends, neighbors, and co-workers are spiritually dead without Christ. Can you see them? Will you look? Our hearts, too, must break for them.

In the past 20 years, the evangelical community began to look at the world differently. Focus shifted to evangelizing people groups rather than nations. The Basic Training for Mission Teams manual tells us: “Of the thousands of people groups worldwide, about 4,992 people groups live in the Last Frontier—the part of the world with little or no access to the gospel. That translates to 1.6 billion people who currently have virtually no chance of hearing the good news of Jesus Christ.”2

As we can readily see, God is on mission to win both those nearby and those in remote areas of the world. He is calling us to join him in all those places. When Isaiah saw God and heard his call, he replied: “Here am I, send me.” How will YOU reply?

Mark Powers

2. Rankin and Tadlock, Basic Training for Mission Teams, 51.


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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