Five Surprising Motivations for Missions

This is the third post with my sermon notes from the Cross Conference (CrossCon) that was held from December 27-30, 2013, in Louisville, KY. To see my other sermon notes from CrossCon, click here

Speaker: Kevin DeYoung                                       Key text: Various

Far from being obstacles for mission, the five points of Calvinism are surprising motivators for missions. In fact, history shows that Calvinists are on the forefront of the modern missions movement. Many may ask why anyone would go if God has only called some to salvation; however, the Bible asks, “Why would anyone go unless God has certainly called some?”

Three Passages from John with Five Motivations for Missions

  1. John 3:1-8
    Knowledge of God isn’t enough (Nicodemus had plenty of knowledge), the Holy Spirit must invade and awaken a person’s heart to the truth of the gospel (aka regeneration). Our greatest danger is our own heart if we aren’t born again (Jeremiah 17:9). Christians don’t go into the world to make dead people look alive, but to call dead people to become alive. We have the impossible task of calling dead people to live. It is impossible for us, but it is entirely possible for God.
    There are no “anonymous Christians” (aka “inclusivism“- people of other faiths who are Christians, but don’t realize it). Those that are saved know they are saved. The Spirit works to throw a spotlight on the saving work of Christ. He longs to bring glory to a God that is known, seen, and worshiped. 
  2. John 6:35-46, 60-65
    The Father has a people chosen by Christ and for Christ. All He has chosen are His. All who come to Him for salvation, come because He draws them. God’s sovereign election and irresistible grace are what gives us hope for successful missions. God promises three things for Christians in missions: His presence, His protection, and His providential oversight (Acts 18:9-10).  God’s sovereignty is our best fuel for missionary faithfulness. Belief in an electing, sovereign, all-powerful God is the only thing that keeps one humble in the midst of results and hopeful when there are none.
  3. John 10:11-16
    It is better news for a bigger glory if you have a definite atonement. If the atonement isn’t particular, you have either universalism or an incomplete substitution. The cross saved and the cross saves. To give Jesus Christ His full glory, we must believe that He not only provided a way, but securely purchased and applied redemption.

Big God theology not only tells us what to know, but it motivates us to live and go.

Learn It. Love It. Live It.

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Lawson is an entrepreneur, ministry leader, and outdoors enthusiast who also enjoys blogging about business, ideas, and theology. Want to continue the discussion or write a guest post? Let's Connect!

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  1. Pingback: Can We Be Glorified Without Being Sanctified? Good Works, Good News, and Christian Assurance | Lawson Hembree's Blog

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