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MoBook Club Discussion: The Mission of God

MoBook Club Discussion: The Mission of God Week 3 – Question #2 What are the ways in which you and Mosaic (or your church) have taken on the “mission of God” by showing love to your neighbors (chap 5, pgs 65-67)? Which is more important telling people about Christ or demonstrating His love through acts of kindness, compassion and justice? Or are they equally important? Are there times when we should do one but not the other?

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  1. Lisa

    Acts 1:8… Jesus says “But YOU will receive the power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and YOU will be my witnesses in Jerusalem (local), and in Judea and Samaria (a long way from home and even some places you may night want to be), and to the ends of the earth (the world).” (emphasis and additions mine)

    I believe the question is one in the same. Showing love through acts of kindness, compassion and justice can be as powerful as words. Jesus ministry encompassed both. As his followers, I think we should do the same. Jesus is our ultimate role model. If we follow in his footsteps, read and study his word to understand and learn how he treated those around him; how can we go wrong? Speaking and showing are equally important!

    Yes, there are sometimes when one will be more effective than another. Suppose you encounter someone who does not speak your language or you theirs. Does that mean you can’t “tell” them about Jesus? Aboslutely not, this is when we can show love by our actions.

    But how do we show love and witness “in Jerusalem, Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth?”

    How do we show love to “that” guy who voted for that idiot and yet “that ” guy claims to be a follower of Jesus ; maybe even your nextdoor neighbor (in Jerusalem)?

    How do we show love to those we may not like at all; dare I say, hate, like those dreaded Samarians. For example, how do we show love to a Muslim? I know of many folks who could not do this; yet isn’t this exactly what Jesus wants us to do?

    How do we show love to a people group who may have never heard off Jesus and who worship things in nature? Do we turn our backs because they may seem so heathen and backwards from what our culture is like?

    Tough questions, I know; but questions, that as followers of Jesus, we should be asking ourselves.

    Comment by Lisa on January 27, 2012 at 5:14 am


  2. Lisa

    a couple of typos:

    (a long way from home and even some places you may NOT want to be) ~ instead of “night want to be”

    How do we show love to a people group who may have never heard OF Jesus ~ instead of “off Jesus”

    sorry 🙁

    Comment by Lisa on January 27, 2012 at 5:20 am




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