Acts 13:47; 1 Chronicles 12:32
Proverbs 4:7
Luke 12:42-48


 

REACHING THE ENDS OF THE EARTH REQUIRES UNDERSTANDING

I. THE BELIEVER’S ROLE & RESPONSIBILITY:

· Believers Are Not Merely Consumers On The Planet (1 Cor. 15:32)

· Believers Are In Fact Controllers Of The Planet (Matt. 16:19)

· Control Is Called The Believer’s Authority – Dominion Mandate (Gen. 1:26-28)

· In Dominion The Believer Serves As Steward Of The Planet (Matt. 25:14)

· A Steward = One Who Man-Ages On Behalf Of An Owner (Ps. 24:1)

· As Steward The Believer Is Also A Student Of The Planet (Prov. 15:28)

II. AREAS OF STUDY:

· Understanding Our World Spiritually (Eph. 6:12)

· Understanding Our World Morally (Prov. 14:34)

· Understanding Our World Geo-Politically (Matt. 24:7)

· Understanding Our World Environmentally (Rom. 8:22)

· Understanding Our World Technologically (Dan. 12:4)

III. REASONS FOR STUDY:

· Understanding Leads To Effective Prayer (James 5:16)

· Understanding Leads To Strategic Planning (Luke 14:31)

· Understanding Leads To Quality Preaching (Col. 4:6)

· Understanding Leads To Valued Participation (Josh. 6:16, 20)

IV. 2ND THOUGHTS ABOUT TAKING THE CITY:

· Taking The City Is Generally A Salvific Phrase

· Salvation Is Always A Starting Point Never A Destination

· Post-Salvation We Need Clean Water = Water Treatment

· Post-Salvation We Need Waste Removal = Waste Management

· Post-Salvation We Need To Commute = Arterial Infrastructure

· Post-Salvation We Need Shelter = Housing Development

· Post-Salvation We Need…And The List Goes On

· Taking The City Means Understanding The City

V. OUR WORLD: A SPIRITUAL PERSPECTIVE (Eph. 6:12)

· Know: We Exist In A Deeply Spiritual World (Heb. 12:9)

· Know: Our World Is 1st A Spirit-Guided World (Eph. 2:1-2)

· Believe: Surrounding Angelic & Demonic Worlds (Gen. 32:1-2; Mark 5:1-13)

· Know: Satan, The Chief Devil, Operates In The Shadowlands (2 Cor. 4:3-4)

· Know: The World Has Been Demonically Mapped (Dan. 10:13)

· Know: Demonic Princes Are Stationed Over Cities (Eph. 6:12)

· Believe: Our Victory Has Been Secured Thru Christ (1 John 3:8)

· Know: Spiritual Fight For The Heavens Over A City (Gen. 1:14-19)

· Know: Constant Prayer Affects-Ensures An Open Heaven (Eph. 6:18-19)

· Believe: Worship-Word-Prayer-Fasting Cultivates Strong Spirituality

· Believe: Connection Between Right Living & Spiritual Authority (Ecc. 10:1)

· Know: Discern Clean Spirit Power & Unclean Spirit Power (2 Cor. 11:13-15)

VI. OUR WORLD: A MORAL PERSPECTIVE (Prov. 14:34)

· Understand: We’re In A Crisis Of Morality. (Isa. 5:20)

· Know: Our Response To The Rising LGBTQ2+ Community

· Know: When To Speak, Where To Speak, How To Speak & If To Speak

· Know: How To Love While Respectfully Disagreeing

· Know: What Acceptance Of The Biblically Immoral Looks Like

· Understand: Which Values Are Timeless & Which Are Relative

· Understand: Fight For Historic Values Or Adapt To Changing Mores

· Understand: The Importance Of Marriage For Values Continuity

· Understand: Timeless Parenting Vs. Cultural Parenting

· Understand: The Importance Of A Moral Church Community

VII. OUR WORLD: A GEO-POLITICAL PERSPECTIVE (Matt. 24:7)

· Geopolitical = The Role Of Politics In Shaping The World

· Understand: The New Fight For Global Dominance

· Understand: Owning The World Economically Not Militarily (Ecc. 10:19)

· Understand: The Rise Of Asia; The Emergence Of India & Africa

· Recognize: The Political Equalization Of The World

· Understand: The Middle East Conflict

· Know: How To Love Israel (Ps. 122:6) & Palestine (John 3:16)

· Know: Canada’s Role On The Global Stage

· Understand: Canada’s Indigenous Peoples

VIII. OUR WORLD: AN ENVIRONMENTAL PERSPECTIVE (Rom. 8:22)

· Know: Does God Care About The Creation? (Ps. 19:1; 24:1-2)

· Know: Global Warming – Fact Or Fiction?

· Know: Are We Emitting Too Much Carbon?

· Know: Are We Damaging The Planet Thru Deforestation?

· Know: Are Glaciers Melting Due To Warmer Temperatures?

· Know: Are Sea Levels Rising Due To Melting?

· Know: Should We Be Concerned With Our Personal Footprint?

· Know: Church’s Role, If Any, In The Green Conversation?

· Know: Church – Leader, Follower Or Silent On Environmental Issues?

· Know: Eat Meat, Wear Fur, Drive Electric, Fly Private – Matters Or Not?

· Understand: Earth’s Current Crisis – Man, Sin Or Both? (Gen. 3:17)

IX. OUR WORLD: A TECHNOLOGICAL PERSPECTIVE (Dan. 12:4)

· Know: Is Technology God’s Gift, Satan’s Instrument Or Man’s Child?

· Know: Is Technology Friend, Foe Or Neutral?

· Know: Where Lies The Balance Between Technology & Human Relationships

· Know: How To Relate To A Tech-Dependent Generation

· Know: To Live Or Not To Live In The Digital Space

· Know: Are We Maximizing Technology Or Technology Maximizing Us?

· Understand: Church Online, Church In Person Or Both

· Understand: Kingdom Use Of Technology – Ahead Or Behind

PRAYER: O LORD, PREPARE THE CHURCH FOR THE NATIONS!

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