• When Jesus gave us the great commission and told us to go into the whole world.  When Jesus said that they weren’t capable of going into the whole world.  But today, we are the first people to live in a global world.  You and I can go anywhere in the world within 24 hours.  We are called to be world Christians.
  • You don’t have an option – the great commission is your mission.  God wants to expand your vision and your mission.

GOD IS CALLING US TO A GLOBAL VISION

  • Isaiah was depressed and discouraged and feeling like he had no purpose.
    • But I said, “I have labored to no purpose;
      I have spent my strength in vain and for nothing.
      Yet what is due me is in the LORD’s hand,
      and my reward is with my God.” 
      (Isaiah 49:3,4)
  • God responds to Isaiah’s discouragement by saying, “I’m going to expand your vision.”
    • “It is too small a thing for you to be my servant
      to restore the tribes of Jacob
      and bring back those of Israel I have kept.
      I will also make you a light for the Gentiles,
      that you may bring my salvation to the ends of the earth.
      (NIV – Isaiah 49:6)
    • God said, “But that’s not a big enough job for my servant—
      just to recover the tribes of Jacob,
      merely to round up the strays of Israel.
      I’m setting you up as a light for the nations
       so that my salvation becomes global!
      (Message – Isaiah 49:6)
  • You don’t have an option – the great commission is your mission.  God wants to expand your vision and your mission.

FIVE GLOBAL GOLIATHS – the five giants that are problems around the world.

  1. SPIRITUAL EMPTINESS.  When there is spiritual emptiness it results in conflict.  Hurt people hurt people.
  2. SELF-CENTERED LEADERSHIP. There are two kinds of leaders:  selfish leaders and servant leaders.  We each need to decide what kind of leaders we will be.
  3. EXTREME POVERTY – 1 billion people live on less than a dollar a day.  People in Rwanda live on 16 cents a day.  They grow coffee in Rwanda that they sell to Starbucks, but a person in Rwanda can’t afford to buy a cup of that coffee – something is wrong with that.
  4. PANDEMIC DISEASE – This year 500 million people will get malaria this year.  We found the cure to this 100 years ago during Teddy Roosevelt’s administration.  This needs to change; we need to care.
  5. LACK OF EDUCATION – You can wire the entire world with the internet but it will be of no help to people who can not read or write.

THE PEACE PLAN:  WHAT JESUS DID!

  1. JESUS PREACHED RECONCILIATION.  Reconcile with God and reconcile with others – that is very simply what Jesus preached.
    • II Corinthians 5:18-20
    • Ephesians 2:16
  2. JESUS EQUIPPED SERVANT LEADERS.
    • Jesus loved everybody, led the one hundred and twenty, discipled twelve, mentored three.
    • “it’s not going to be that way with you…become a servant.” – Matthew 20:25,26
  3. JESUS ASSISTED THE POOR.
    • There are more than 2000 verses in the Bible that are about the poor
  4. JESUS CARED FOR THE SICK
    • More than one third of Jesus ministry had to do with health care.
  5. JESUS EDUCATED THE NEXT GENERATION
    • In almost every nation of the world missionaries started the first schools and hospitals.  Why?  Because we have a healing and educating faith!

NOW, JESUS WANTS US TO DO WHAT HE DID!  P.E.A.C.E.

  • P – Promote reconciliation.
  • E – Equip servant leaders.
  • A – Assist the poor.
  • C – Care for the sick.
  • E – Educate the next generation.

“Ordinary people empowered by God’s Spirit, doing what Jesus did, together, wherever they are.”

P.E.A.C.E is not a trip, but a lifestyle

  • Personal peace – your mission to your personal world (your Jerusalem)
  • Local peace – to your area (your Judea & Samaria)
  • Global peace – to the rest of thew world!

7 PILLARS OF THE P.E.A.C.E. PLAN

  • P – PROMOTES, PLANTS AND PARTNERS LOCAL CHURCHES.
    • First and foremost the P.E.A.C.E. plan is about reclaiming the primacy of the local church in global missions.
    • “it takes a church to grow a village.”
  • I – IMITATES JESUS MODEL.
    • “don’t take a purse” – Don’t throw money at the problem; that is not the answer.
    • “don’t take a staff” – Staff is a symbol of power.  When you go in do not go in with a power play; go in as a servant.
    • “eat what is set before you” – You adopt to the local customs and local flavors.  Don’t ask them to become like you; you adapt to them.
    • “find the man of peace” – Every village will have a man or woman of peace.  You find a person that is open and influential.  When Jesus sent them out in twos there were no believers.  So the person of peace may not be a believer, but they are open and influential.
  • L – LED BY AMATEURS
    • Amateur literally means “out of love”
  • L – LINKS THE PUBLIC, PRIVATE AND FAITH SECTORS
    • 3 legged stool:  public, profit and parish
  • A – ATTACKS ALL FIVE GIANTS
  • R – REORGANIZES EFFORTS THROUGH A NETWORK
  • S – SHIFTS TO SUSTAINABLE FUNDING

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