Passion #1 Sunday Recall (Sept. 13, 2009)

We are starting a 2-part mini-series entitled PASSION.
I am posting the outline of the message that I used last Sunday. Thanks to our missions guys: Pastors Michael Paderes, Jonathan Bocobo and Jun Escosar for passionately working on the details of this sermon.
Pas•sion – a strong and barely uncontrollable emotion; obsession; fervor; enthusiasm; eagerness
I have many passions in life. As you can see in my blog, I write about my faith in God, my family and about finances. Other things that I am passionate about are food and fitness. Can I make a confession? The reason why I exercise is not really to look good or be slim but so that I can eat good “stuff”. I sometimes find myself checking the calories that I burned in order to find out how much food I can take in.
Filipinos are a passionate people.  We are a very emotional and spontaneous culture.  Filipinos are most passionate about basketball, Manny Pacqiao, picture taking, videoke, shopping, etal.
Transition: If as a people, we get excited about the things mentioned, have you ever considered what God is most passionate about?  What excites Him?  What moves Him?  What commands His attention?
This sermon is focused on the heart and passion of God.
“God’s ultimate passion is His glory,” (John Piper) and He is most glorified when nations are discipled.
Psalm 24:1 “The earth is the LORD’S, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
This is the starting point of World Missions.
Let me just clarify one thing: All the earth belongs to Jesus Christ.
The world does not belong to the devil, media, terrorists or tyrants.  The earth and all who live in it belong to Jesus Christ alone.
Mission is personal to God.
Rev 5:9b “and with your blood you purchased men for God from every tribe and language and people and nation.”

By His own blood, Jesus has purchased every person, every tribe, every language, every nation.

What are you willing to give up to get something that is close to your heart?
God is most passionate about the nations because He created it for His purposes and He purchased it with His blood.  No other god, power, force can lay claim to the earth.  There are almost 7 billion (by April 2010) people in the world today, Jesus Christ died for every one of them.  He purchased the over 16,000 people groups, estimated 7,000 languages in the world, and 195 countries.
– How could God not be passionate about the nations when He created them, owns them, and purchased them with His own blood?
God wants every nation to be reached.  Not some, not most, but every nation.
(Ps 67:2) “that your ways may be known on earth, your salvation among all nations.”
(Mt 24:14) “And this gospel of the kingdom will be preached in the whole world as a testimony to all nations, and then the end will come.”
(Lk 24:47) “and repentance and forgiveness of sins will be preached in his name to all nations,”
(Rev 7:9) “After this I looked and there before me was a great multitude that no one could count, from every nation, tribe, people and language, standing before the throne and in front of the Lamb.”

World missions is not just another church program or activity.

It is the passion of God, heart of Christianity and the reason the Church exists on the earth – to make disciples of all nations.

If God’s heart burns for the nations, what does the world look like today?
7 billion people
–        2.1 billion Christians (only .7 are Bible believing, the rest nominal)
–        2.1 billion non-Christians within reach
–        2.8 billion non-Christians unreached
If the world was made up of 10 people…
–        1 true Christian
–        2 nominal Christians
–        3 non-Christians within reach
–        4 non-Christians unreached
Let’s look at where the harvest is…

If the World was a Village of 100 people
–        1 is from Oceana
–        5 is from North America
–        9 is from Latin America
–        12 is from Europe
–        13 is from Africa,
–        60 would be from Asia
Revelation 1:6 “and has made us to be a kingdom and priests to serve his God and Father—to him be glory and power for ever and ever! Amen.”
God has made the Church “a kingdom” and “priests.”  Kingdom refers to our role in extending God’s rulership over all the earth.  Our priestly duty is to stand in the gap as ministers of reconciliation until every nation is brought back to Christ.
John 4:34,35 “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work.   Do you not say, ‘Four months more and then the harvest’? I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest.”
Like Jesus, our will is to do the will of Him Who sent us.  Our passion must be His passion – to make disciples of all nations.  When that happens, every nation becomes a harvest field, and will be redeemed back to Christ.

Source: Sunday Recall