Tag Archives: Theology

God’s Sending Nature

The Missional Church – Part 1: The Missional Nature of God

Isaiah 6:1-8; Isaiah 61:1-2; Luke 4:18-19

God is a sending God

God’s sending starts in Genesis 12 and continues to Revelation 22 (the final chapter of the Bible)

The Father sent the Son

The Father & Son send the Holy Spirit

Jesus sends the church into the world as his witnesses.


Missio Dei

Missio Dei = “mission of God” or “sending of God”

Motive: Love of God for all creation

Goal: the Kingdom (reign of God over his people)

Whom does God send?



  • What thoughts do you have about the missionary nature of God?
  • How has God called and sent you as a missionary to participate in his mission? Do you sense a “sending” call to participate in any of the activities mentioned in Isaiah 61?

Missional Living Homework:

  1. Identify at least two people groups or geographical locations in your city or neighborhood to which God is looking to “send” someone.
  2. List areas in your life that may need to change for you to be able to say, “Here am I. Send me!” What is the first step you will take to overcome each hindrance?


Luke 23:26-56

Pastor’s note: some of the audio isn’t very clear – much of our time was working in groups with the Bible passages listed below, to see what they had to say about Jesus’s work on the cross. You should join us sometime – the audio is always better in person!



We cannot understand the full meaning of the cross of Christ. We can only stand in silence before it, acknowledge its wonder, and submit to its power.

Stanley Grenz in Theology for the Community of God

Jesus’ Death as Our Example

  • Philippians 2:3-8
  • 1 Peter 2:21-23
  • Ephesians 5:2

Jesus’ Death as Our Ransom

  • Ephesians 1:7
  • 1 Timothy 2:6
  • Titus 2:14
  • 1 Peter 1:18

Jesus’ Death as Our Expiation

  • Hebrews 2:17
  • Romans 3:25-26
  • 1 John 2:2; 4:10

Jesus is our Reconciliation

  • Romans 5:10-11
  • Ephesians 2:11-22
  • Colossians 1:19-20
  • 2 Corinthians 5:18