Global Mission (Acts 1:1-10)Andrew Palmer, 2 August, 2015
Part of the Missio Dei series, preached at a Sunday Morning service
Andrew Palmer, NSW State Director, Global Interaction speaks on Global Mission. This can be a very confusing, even daunting subject. Indeed the word “mission” itself is often difficult to define. Yet it is the core subject of the Bible: the story about the God who is always in mission. Andrew will explore this through the final instructions Jesus gave to his followers before his ascension in Acts 1:1-10. He also speaks about Global Interaction, the Global Mission Agency of the Baptist Churches in Australia, which since 1864 has been sending men and women around the world to share the love of God in word, deed and community. Global Interaction is a 'least reached focus' mission with the firm conviction that Jesus changes everything. GI sends long term workers into the places where the gospel has never reached; working on culture and language and listening to host people in order to understand the ways God is already moving...and then they join in! The organisation has a deep desire is to empower communities to develop their own distinctive ways of following Jesus.
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1:1 In the first book, O Theophilus, I have dealt with all that Jesus began to do and teach, 2 until the day when he was taken up, after he had given commands through the Holy Spirit to the apostles whom he had chosen. 3 He presented himself alive to them after his suffering by many proofs, appearing to them during forty days and speaking about the kingdom of God.
4 And while staying with them he ordered them not to depart from Jerusalem, but to wait for the promise of the Father, which, he said, “you heard from me; 5 for John baptized with water, but you will be baptized with the Holy Spirit not many days from now.”
6 So when they had come together, they asked him, “Lord, will you at this time restore the kingdom to Israel?” 7 He said to them, “It is not for you to know times or seasons that the Father has fixed by his own authority. 8 But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit has come upon you, and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the end of the earth.” 9 And when he had said these things, as they were looking on, he was lifted up, and a cloud took him out of their sight. 10 And while they were gazing into heaven as he went, behold, two men stood by them in white robes, (ESV)