Weekly Missions Message

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Missions Message

This weeks’ message is extracted from David Platt’s book, A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God.

How can we in the church best unleash the people of God in the Spirit of God with the Word of God for the glory of God in the world?

As leaders and members of churches, we are called to spur one another toward Christ and his agenda in the world. Throughout the history of humankind, God has chosen to call out not just individuals but a people for himself. He told the Israelites, “I will walk among you and be your God, and you will be my people.” Through Christ, God brought Jews and Gentiles together as “one body” in which “each member belongs to all the others.” Peter told the church, “You are a chosen people, … a people belonging to God, that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light.”

Indeed, God’s intention is that “through the church, the manifold wisdom of God should be made known to the rulers and authorities in the heavenly realms.” If you and I want our lives to count for God’s purpose in the world, we need to begin with a commitment to God’s people in the church. God has called us to lock arms with one another in single-minded, death-defying obedience to one objective: the declaration of his gospel for the demonstration of his glory to all nations.

Platt, David. A Radical Idea: Unleashing the People of God for the Purpose of God. The Doubleday Religious Publishing Group. Kindle Edition.

“And Jesus came and said to them, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:18

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Weekly Missions Message

The first question of the Westminster Larger Catechism and its answer are, “What is the chief and highest end of man?  Man’s chief and highest end is to glorify God, and to fully enjoy him forever.”

God chose his people for his glory: “he chose us before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him.  In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will, to the praise of his glorious grace …” .  Ephesians 1:4-6.  God desires for his people to glorify him.

We glorify God by worshipping him and telling of his glorious grace, but there are the people of many nations that have not heard of God’s glorious grace that Jesus secured for those who respond to his gospel in faith.  To prepare for that “great multitude, that no one could number, from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages, standing before the throne and before the Lamb, clothed in white robes, with palm branches in their hands, and crying out with a loud voice, “Salvation belongs to our God who sits on the throne, and to the Lamb” (Revelation 7:9-10) the Church must pray for the nations and send workers to tell them the good news.

We glorify God also by being obedient to him and serving him.  Jesus commanded his disciples, who were the Church, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you. And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” (Matthew 28:18-20).  That commission is not yet completed.  Pray for unreached nations and the workers who must go to them with the gospel.

May God be gracious to us and bless us
and make his face to shine upon us, Selah
that your way may be known on earth,
your saving power among all nations.
Let the peoples praise you, O God;
let all the peoples praise you!  (Psalm 67:1-3)

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From the Perspectives Website:

God is passionately committed to the fame of His name to be worshipped among all peoples and He has a “world-sized” role for every Christian in His global purpose. Perspectives on the World Christian Movement will take you on a 15-week journey, looking in-depth at the biblical, historical, cultural and strategic aspects of God’s global plan to reconcile every nation, tribe, people, and tongue to Himself. This class will open your eyes to the heart and purpose of God and how you can take part in His work all over the world. 

You will have the privilege of learning from 14 different speakers over 14 weeks who will challenge and inspire you with their wisdom and experience from all over the world, opening your eyes to a deeper vision of God’s mercy, greatness, and love. All of them are excellent and are passionate about this course.

Find out what your purpose is! It may be sending, welcoming, mobilizing, praying, and yes, even going!

Where: First Baptist Church of Opelika

When: Sunday, 5:00-8:00pm beginning January 13 thru April 28 (excluding March 10 and April 21)

Cost: $260 which includes the Reader and Study Guide

Register by December 9, 2018 to get a $25 Early Bird Discount.

If one family member is already paying the full price, there is a family member discount of $25 for the second family member.

OUR FIRST 2 CLASSES ARE FREE, SO COME CHECK THEM OUT AND BRING A FRIEND! 

Check out this video for a better idea of what Perspectives is and how it impacts lives!

Advent Sundays

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December 2nd, 9th, 16th, and 23rd. Join us every morning at 10:45 am for Advent Sunday Morning Worship. We will have Sunday School on the 2nd, 9th, and the 16th, but not on the 23rd or 30th of December.

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THE BIBLICAL BASIS FOR MISSIONS

The foundational conviction of our missions emphasis is, perhaps, an unexpected one. Certainly, our hope is that people would find salvation through the gospel, that needy people would be put into a right relationship with God for all eternity. But that is actually not our primary purpose. Instead, the ultimate purpose of our efforts is that by expanding His kingdom to the ends of the earth, Christ would be glorified. As one pastor put it:

 All of history is moving toward one great goal, the white-hot worship of God and his Son among all the peoples of the earth. Missions is not that goal. It is the means. And for that reason it is the second greatest human activity in the world.

One of the things God uses to make this truth take hold of a person and a church is the stunning realization that it is also true for God himself. Missions is not God’s ultimate goal, worship is. And when this sinks into a person’s heart everything changes. The world is often turned on its head. And everything looks different—including the missionary enterprise.

The ultimate foundation for our passion to see God glorified is his own passion to be glorified. God is central and supreme in his own affections. There are not rivals for the supremacy of God’s glory in his won heart. God is not an idolater. He does not disobey the first and great commandment. With all his heart and soul and strength and mind he delights in the glory of his manifold perfections. The most passionate heart for God in all the universe is God’s heart.

This truth, more than any other I know, seals the conviction that worship is the fuel and goal of missions. The deepest reason why our passion for God should fuel missions is that God’s passion for God fuels missions. Missions is the overflow of our delight in God because missions is the overflow of God’s delight in being God. And the deepest reason why worship is the goal in missions is that worship is God’s goal. We are confirmed in this goal by the Biblical record of God’s relentless pursuit of praise among the nations. “Praise the Lord, all nations! Extol him, all peoples!” (Psalm 117:1). If it is God’s goal it must be our goal.  (John Piper, Let The Nations Be Glad)

Because the goal of our missions’ effort is God’s glory, we must conclude that our ministry is not for our honor but for Christ’s. This may seem self-evident, but the subtle effects of the very sin conquered through missions can destroy our missions’ ministry. We must take care that we do nothing simply for the sake of our own reputation, or to expand the ministry solely to have a larger program. Everything we do must be motivated by a desire to bring glory to Christ.  (From the Mission to the World website)

 

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Mission Message

Hurricane Michael Relief

In addition to our Lord’s commission to the Church (Matthew 24:14, 28:19; Mark 13:10; Luke 24:47) to go and make disciples of all nations, we are also instructed to be instruments of mercy and compassion.  God has commanded us to love our neighbor.  Therefore, we should respond with generosity to human need (Matthew 25:34-40).

Our neighbors in southwest Alabama and northwest Florida continue to suffer in the aftermath of Hurricane Michael.  Covenant plans to provide some relief by building Sheds of Hope to deliver as directed by PCA churches in that area.  Your financial giving, above your tithe, can be used to purchase materials for additional Sheds of Hope and other items need to relieve those who have suffered great loss and now might be homeless because of the storm.

Please pray and consider giving to meet these needs.  To give, please make checks to Covenant Presbyterian Church, with “Missions Fund, Michael” on the “for” line.