I Am Going

I Am Going* calls today’s church members to lives of going – whether going around the world or to people right where they live – going out with the Gospel of Jesus Christ.

Associate Pastor Don Hamlin will lead I Am Going sessions each Wednesday in February (6, 13, 20, and 27), at 6:35 p.m. in the Pastor’s Classroom adjacent to the Fireside Lobby.

Books will be provided.

 

 


I Am Going

equipping outline

I.  Theology of Going (pgs. 4-8):

  • creation
  • fall
  • redemption
  • restoration

A.  Pages 9-11: The choosing of a people (Israel) through which would come a Savior

B.  Pages 11-15: The sending of God’s only begotten Son

C.  Pages 14-15: The great co-mission between God, Israel, Jesus, us (believers)

D.  Matthew 28:18-20: The Great Commission

E.  Pages 17-18: The direction of our mission

 


 

II.  Going to My Church

A.  The church was founded on the Day of Pentecost and is made up of all believers (pgs. 25-26):

  • local
  • house
  • collection
  • universal

B.  The church is not (pgs. 26-27):

  • a building
  • a denomination

C.  The church is (pgs. 30-32):

  • unity
  • holy
  • universal
  • apostolic (and prophetic)

D.  What are the seven marks of a healthy New Testament church?  (pgs. 32-35)

E.  What are the three marks of the mission of the church today?  (pgs. 36-37)

F.  The Great Commission is the Gospel to every nation, that is, every people group.  (pgs. 37-38)

G.  The Commandments are Love God, Love People.  (pgs. 38-39)

H.  Jesus is the Head, the church is the body.  (pgs. 39-40)

 


 

III.  Going to My Neighbor

A.  Obeying the Great Commission should begin – not end – in the home (p. 47-48):

  • What parents love, children love.
  • What parents value, children value.
  • What parents have a passion for, children have a passion for.

B.  What does it mean to love your neighbor (pgs. 49-50; Leviticus 19:18)?

C.  Six marks of Great Commission people:

  1. Focus (p. 51) – Good is the greatest enemy of the best.
  2. Awareness (p. 52) – Have passion for God and people.
  3. Christ-centeredness (p. 52) – Boast in Christ.
  4. Gospel-centeredness (pgs. 53-54) – What is the Gospel?
  5. Urgency (pgs. 54-55) – The issue is not one of lostness but of access.
  6. Every one reach one (p. 56) – Help each other.  Our neighbor is anyone anywhere.

D.  Page 57:  “Most of the excuses we are accustomed to make with such good conscience now, we should be wholly ashamed of then (at the coming of Christ).” – from the booklet, Do Not Say

 


 

IV.  Going to the Nations

A.  Nations, in Matthew 28, means people groups, or ethnicities.  (pgs. 64-67)

B.  Being a disciple requires three things:

  1. deny yourself (p. 68)
  2. die, or take up your cross (p. 69)
  3. follow Jesus (p. 69)

C.  Page 72:  “Not every person will go to the nations, but every person has an important part in reaching the nations.”

D.  Two questions (p. 72):

  • What is my part?
  • Am I doing my part?

E.  Page 76:  “The missionary churches of the New Testament became sending churches as soon as they were planted.”

F.  Who are the people groups around you?

 


 

V.  Going to Work

A.  Non-ministry jobs are actually ministry jobs.  (p. 83)

B.  We are called to honor God in these ways (pgs. 84-85):

  • church
  • home
  • community
  • work

C.  Three ways to make your work “as unto the Lord” (p. 86; Exodus 35:30-33; Psalm 90:17; Colossians 3:23):

  1. happy worker
  2. satisfied artist
  3. joyful builder

D.  Jesus has authority over our jobs (p. 88).  “He … will leverage (our jobs) for His kingdom purposes.”

E.  Clarify the call (p.96):

  • What is God’s design for my work?
  • How has my work been corrupted or misdirected by sin?
  • How can I redirect my workplace toward God’s design for it in Christ?
  • Does my job enable me to go?  (p. 116)
  • What opportunities do I have to go with my job?  (p. 116)

 


 

VI.  Going Anywhere

Three characteristics of discipleship:

  1. Must love Jesus (pgs. 124+)
  2. Must obey Jesus (pgs. 126+)
  3. Must never quit (p. 129)

 



*  Akin, D. and Ashford B.  (2016).  I am going.  Nashville, TN:  B&H Publishing Group.

 

 

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