Friday, November 07, 2014

Sermon of the Week (11/2 - 11/8, 2014) Bill Johnson (Bethel Church Redding) on Missions

I've noticed that several churches are in missions-promoting seasons, perhaps gearing up for Christmas offerings. This sermon is titled "Prosperity with a Purpose: Missions (Part 1)" and was delivered by Bill Johnson on 10/19.You may not like Johnson's theology or style, but he makes some good points in regards to missions. One aspect I like is that he describes how adopts a local business and an international business, praying for them and working with them to be Great Commission companies.He prays for Christians to develop patents, inventions, books, dramas, etc. that can be used to further the Kingdom. I've known very few pastors think of that.

Johnson looks at how the early church had to be scattered from Jerusalem in order to fulfill the Great Commission. They perhaps thought they should fulfill Jesus' commands by reaching Jersualem and THEN Judea, Samaria, the ends of the earth. But "the light that shines the furthest always shines brightest at home" - in other words, aim abroad and your impact will be made at home as well.

He also describes his giving habits, how he divides over 20% of his income between local church, missions, and the poor.

What "mantles of breakthrough" are, I don't know, but the entire sermon is worth checking out. Enjoy.

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