Mobilizing God’s Army for the Great Commission

This is the tenth 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: David Platt                                    Key text: Romans 15:18-21

The picture of missions in the New Testament: some stay and build up existing churches, others go and plant new churches. The ultimate issue isn’t whether we stay or go, but whether we are obedient.

What if God has designed the globalization of today’s workforce for the spread of the gospel to the unreached people of the world?

[Platt goes on to quote Romans 1-8 from memory. Pretty incredible, so go check it out on the video below.]

Romans shows us that the gospel is good and that it is so good it is worth eternal damnation for yourself so that others might have it. If you behold the beauty of Romans 1-8, you bear the burden of Romans 9.  Read more of this post

The Church as the Means and Goal of Missions

This is the ninth 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: D.A. Carson                                     Key text: 1 John 4:7-16

What does sin do?

  • Defies God- this is what makes sin so heinous; it challenges God’s sovereignty
  • Utterly corrupts individuals- every dimension of our human existence has been twisted by sin
  • Corrodes all social relationships- we have to cover up, point fingers, and lie. Do we pursue things with equal passion for others or only for ourself?
  • Issues in death- sin leads to both physical and eternal death

What does the gospel do?  Read more of this post

What Do Cross-Cultural Missionaries Cross Cultures For?

This is the eighth 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: Michael Oh                                     Key text: Various

What if Christians truly cared more about missions than other things like money, power, etc?

The church needs to be a prophet and a servant. Prophets tell a culture what it needs to hear from God. Because of God’s Word, every Christian has the ability to speak prophetically into the culture. Servants meet the needs of a suffering people. God cares about all kinds of suffering, especially eternal suffering, and so should we.  There can be redemptive purposes in suffering. It can be a blessing if it heightens our awareness of our need for God. Through our temporary sufferings for the advancement of the gospel, others can come to the eternal comfort of salvation.  Read more of this post

The Life Worth Living for Christ is a Life Worth Losing

This is the seventh 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: Matt Chandler                                   Key text: Philippians 1:21

Any loss we experience on earth will be viewed as insignificant when we reach our eternal home.

Paul is an example of a violent opponent of the gospel who was made into one of its greatest proponents (Acts 7-8). Paul wasn’t a seeker, but God didn’t care. He wanted him to be His (Galatians 1:15-16). Paul is proof that there is no one beyond God’s saving mercy.

When it comes to missions, we don’t have to go; we get to go. Missionaries are extraordinarily ordinary people. They don’t have any superpowers and they aren’t holier than other Christians.

It brings God pleasure to reveal Himself to us and save us. When God saves you, he doesn’t do it because you gave Him permission to do so. He did it because He’s God.  Read more of this post

The Call of Christ: Inspired, Informed, Confirmed

This is the sixth 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: Mack Stiles                                    Key text: 2 Corinthians 5:10-21

All Christians are called to missions, but not all Christians are missionaries. Missionaries are people who take the gospel into a culture and make disciples there as their vocation. Being a missionary isn’t a “higher calling”. A calling isn’t what we do for God, but is a call to God. Missions is simply another part of the Christian life. Our calling in Christ is this: to make disciples and to be holy. Our calling is to demonstrate how foolish we are in order to make God look great (1 Corinithians 1:26-29). A calling must be inspired by God’s Word.  Read more of this post

Seeing Jesus Properly: the Lord to Gladly Obey Forever

This is the fifth 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: Richard Chin                                    Key text: Mark 8:1-38

Everyone has an opinion of Jesus. How we view Jesus matters.

3 Ways People View Jesus Improperly

  1. People who see Jesus like the Pharisees (v. 11-13)- these people are very religious and protectors of their tradition. Very sincere in seeking to follow the Old Testament law, but opposed to Jesus’ challenges of their traditions. They want to test Jesus, but aren’t really interested in His answers. Jesus reacts by sighing and leaving.
  2. People who see Jesus like the disciples (v. 15-21)- these people don’t see Jesus properly despite giving up everything and seeing all the amazing things He has done. They find it hard to believe that Jesus can do what God does. When we are suffering, we are often tempted to give up our proper view of Jesus as God. Jesus reacts by basically asking them if they are unbelievers.  Read more of this post

The Death of Death in the Death of Christ: The Good News of a Bloody Cross

This is the fourth 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: Conrad Mbewe                                     Key text: Romans 3:21-26

In order to relish the good news, we must first see our hopelessness and helplessness under the judgment of God. The natural fallen state of humanitiy, the “bad news”, is spiritual death. The good news we take to people as they labor under God’s judgment of death is that same God has defeated death in the death of Christ (Romans 5:12-21). We are held in bondage to death until a perfect payment has been made to God Himself. That payment is the blood of Christ.

3 S’s of Redemption: suffering, substitution, and satisfaction  Read more of this post

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.  Read more of this post

Beauty from Ashes: The Plight of Man and the Purposes of God

This is the second 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: Thabiti Anyabwile                                       Key text: Romans 1:13-18

The plan of God is to send unashamed preachers to unreached people to display His unparalleled power and unearned righteousness that is in Christ to save a dying world from their sin. We are to pursue this plan with the right motive, the right message, and the right mark. The gospel must be proclaimed before it can be professed (1 Corinthians 2:2; Colossians 1:28). Paul the Apostle was eager to preach the gospel because he wasn’t ashamed of it. His unashamedness released his eagerness (Romans 15:18-21).  Read more of this post

The Chief End of Missions: The Supremacy of God in the Joy of All Peoples

This is the first 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: John Piper                                        Key text: Various

Four reasons CrossCon is a dream come true for John Piper:

  1. It’s a time to share the good news and create a redeemed people
  2. It’s a time to remind ourselves that we are all lost and on our way to hell if we don’t treasure Jesus above all
  3. It’s a time to be thankful for the recent resurgence of solid theology and the stories of God’s sovereignty, especially among the Millennial generation
  4. It’s a time to challenge each other to make our lives count for unreached people, whether you are a “goer” or a “sender”

The chief end of missions is the supremacy of God in the joy of all peoples. God’s chief aim is to be stunning to the world. This only happens when we are stunned by Him. The world will see the supreme value of God when we value Him supremely. If you remove the enjoyment of God from faith, it ceases to be faith. Enjoyment of God is so essential to faith, obedience, life, and joy, that if you remove enjoyment of God, then they cease to exist.  Read more of this post

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