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Weekend Bible Study
Theme of the week: What's a "Missional Christian"?
Saturday, February 23, 2013

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The gospel is a total paradigm shifter: "The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" (v. 17). God, in Christ, has reconciled the world to himself. And we are his ambassadors, entrusted with spreading the news. At times it may seem like a daunting task, but the sovereign God of the universe is there to guide and direct us. Let's commit to living missional lives that display this wonderful truth to each person we encounter.

Key Study Passage:

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

  1. How does the truth of the gospel change your perspective about the world and others?
  2. What does it mean to be "ambassadors" for Christ (v. 20)?
  3. What are some ways that you incorporate a missional mindset into your life? What practical steps can you take to become a more missional Christian?
  4. Think of the people from your answer to Friday's "My Response." Then, pray for God to prepare their hearts and give you an opportunity to share your faith with them.

Spend Time in Prayer: Ask God to cultivate a missional heart within you; ask him to open your eyes to the opportunities around you to be involved in his mission to the world.

2 Corinthians 5:16-21

16 So we have stopped evaluating others from a human point of view. At one time we thought of Christ merely from a human point of view. How differently we know him now! 17 This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!

18 And all of this is a gift from God, who brought us back to himself through Christ. And God has given us this task of reconciling people to him. 19 For God was in Christ, reconciling the world to himself, no longer counting people's sins against them. And he gave us this wonderful message of reconciliation. 20 So we are Christ's ambassadors; God is making his appeal through us. We speak for Christ when we plead, "Come back to God!" 21 For God made Christ, who never sinned, to be the offering for our sin, so that we could be made right with God through Christ.

Prayer for the Week
Lord, teach me what it means to be a missional Christian; help me to do my part to obey your call to go and make disciples of all nations (Matt. 28:19-20).

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