JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION
A) I want to talk to you about “Rescue Ship Christianity”
B) READ: General Booth’s Vision
II JESUS MISSION, OUR COMMISSION
A) Let’s look at a number of verses that talk about the heart of Jesus for people
B) John 3:16 (NIV) – For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
C) Revelation 20:11-15 (NIV) – 11 Then I saw a great white throne and him who was seated on it. The earth and the heavens fled from his presence, and there was no place for them. 12 And I saw the dead, great and small, standing before the throne, and books were opened. Another book was opened, which is the book of life. The dead were judged according to what they had done as recorded in the books. 13 The sea gave up the dead that were in it, and death and Hades gave up the dead that were in them, and each person was judged according to what they had done. 14 Then death and Hades were thrown into the lake of fire. The lake of fire is the second death.15 Anyone whose name was not found written in the book of life was thrown into the lake of fire.
D) Matthew 9:9-13 (NIV) – 9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.”
E) Luke 19:9-10 (NKJV) – 9 And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, because he also is a son of Abraham; 10 for the Son of Man has come to seek and to save that which was lost.”
F) 1 Timothy 1:15 (NIV) – Here is a trustworthy saying that deserves full acceptance: Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst
G) Matthew 4:19 (TPT) – Jesus called out to them and said, “Come and follow me, and I will transform you into men who catch people for God.”
H) Mark 16:15-20 (NIV) – 15 He said to them, “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to all creation.16 Whoever believes and is baptized will be saved, but whoever does not believe will be condemned. 17 And these signs will accompany those who believe: In my name they will drive out demons; they will speak in new tongues; 18 they will pick up snakes with their hands; and when they drink deadly poison, it will not hurt them at all; they will place their hands on sick people, and they will get well.” 19 After the Lord Jesus had spoken to them, he was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God. 20 Then the disciples went out and preached everywhere, and the Lord worked with them and confirmed his word by the signs that accompanied it.
I) Matthew 28:18-20 (NIV) – 18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. 19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
J) We have clearly established that Jesus came to ‘seek and save the lost’ and that we are called to do the same thing
III ARE YOU A CRUISE SHIP CHRISTIAN OR A RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIAN?
A) There is a danger for each one of us – to enjoy the benefits of salvation in our lives but forget that there are others out there who need it too!
2 Kings 7:3-9 (NIV) – 3 Now there were four men with leprosy at the entrance of the city gate. They said to each other, “Why stay here until we die? 4 If we say, ‘We’ll go into the city’—the famine is there, and we will die. And if we stay here, we will die. So let’s go over to the camp of the Arameans and surrender. If they spare us, we live; if they kill us, then we die.” 5 At dusk they got up and went to the camp of the Arameans. When they reached the edge of the camp, no one was there, 6 for the Lord had caused the Arameans to hear the sound of chariots and horses and a great army, so that they said to one another, “Look, the king of Israel has hired the Hittite and Egyptian kings to attack us!” 7 So they got up and fled in the dusk and abandoned their tents and their horses and donkeys. They left the camp as it was and ran for their lives. 8 The men who had leprosy reached the edge of the camp, entered one of the tents and ate and drank. Then they took silver, gold and clothes, and went off and hid them. They returned and entered another tent and took some things from it and hid them also. 9 Then they said to each other, “What we’re doing is not right. This is a day of good news and we are keeping it to ourselves. If we wait until daylight, punishment will overtake us. Let’s go at once and report this to the royal palace.”
B) God hasn’t called us to be CRUISE SHIP Christians but a RESCUE SHIP Christians
C) Some common symptoms of CRUISE SHIP Christianity:
1) Jesus is my saviour but not my Lord
2) It’s all about me
3) Playing games with sin
4) Low level of service
5) Low level of sacrifice
6) Getting offended and fighting over stupid things
7) Little awareness/passion for bringing people to Jesus
D) Some common symptoms of RESCUE SHIP Christianity
1) Embracing the Lordship of Jesus
2) Understanding that it’s not just about me
3) A passion for holiness
5) High level of sacrifice
6) Walking in love and seeing the big picture
7) Passion for seeing people come to Jesus
IV FOUR CHARACTERISTICS OF RESCUE SHIP CHRISTIAN
Matthew 9:35-38 (NIV) – 35 Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, preaching the gospel of the kingdom, and healing every sickness and every disease among the people.[e] 36 But when He saw the multitudes, He was moved with compassion for them, because they were weary[f] and scattered, like sheep having no shepherd. 37 Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest truly is plentiful, but the laborers are few. 38 Therefore pray the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into His harvest.”
A) In this passage we see four key characteristics of a RESCUE SHIP Christian:
1) SEE people
2) BE MOVED with compassion
3) PRAY for laborers
4) WORK in the fields