“The Spirit of God uses the gospel of God to motivate the people of God to be on mission with God.” – Trevin Wax
In the Spring 2015 adult and student editions of The Gospel Project, we examine the mission of God and the church in a study titled The God Who Sends. With each release we run a blog series that coincides with the topic of that study. We are excited to launch this blog series titled The God Who Sends.
- A Crucified People – Barnabas Piper
- A Fellowshipping People – Matt Capps
- A Resurrected People – Trevin Wax
- A Serving People – Mary Wiley
- A Sending People – Brandon Smith
- A Holy People – Jeff Medders
- A Disciple-making People –Devin Maddox
- A Witnessing People – Jonathan Dodson
We hope the Spring study and this blog series will encourage and challenge you to think about what it means to be the church, and to be on mission with God. Here is a word from our general editor Ed Stetzer on the Spring Adult and Student Gospel Project study:
“The God Who Sends”—This is the God we love, the God we serve, the God we worship, the God we obey. But why? Why should we give our lives to a sending God? Why should sending matter? Because God the Father sent His Son to save people from their sins. Apart from the Savior sent on our behalf to die in our place for our sins and to rise again for our eternal life, we would have no hope in this world and certainly none beyond it.
But the sending doesn’t end there. God the Father and God the Son sent God the Holy Spirit to give guidance and strength to His people, to confirm in their hearts that they belong to Him. The Spirit gathers those who believe in Jesus into churches as the body of Christ that they may be one as God is one. The unifying work of the Spirit helps the members of the body become more like their Head—Jesus Christ.
If the Father sent the Son, and they sent the Spirit, then the one God is by nature a sending God. And if the church is to reflect her Head, then the body also will be sent, and indeed she is. Jesus said to His disciples, “As the Father has sent Me, I also send you” (John 20:21). The church has been sent on a mission to “announce the gospel of good things!” (Rom. 10:15). This is what we do because it reflects who we are, and who we are reflects the One who made us—“The God Who Sends.”