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When God Says Now
a sermon outline by
Loren Horst, President of Virginia Mennonite Board of Missions
Scripture: Exodus 3:1-10
Location: Harrisonburg Mennonite Church, Praise Fellowship
Date: February 2, 2003
- I was the product of mission
- In fact all of us are products of mission. The old definitions are breaking down.
- Our story—one of mission for 2000 years
- God is on a mission. The whole story is God’s story (creation, forgiveness, redemption). God is the real missionary.
- Whenever God gets excited about something, God always seems to involve us.
God moves, we’re implicated
- Our timing is lousy. God’s timing is perfect. Illustration: “Just now,” an expression that is used in Trinidad
So: God is on a mission, involving us, but on God’s schedule
To the story
Retell the story of Moses at the burning bush, Exodus 3:1-10, drawing out the three points of the outline from the story
- God is on a mission: God essentially says to the people, “I have seen, I have heard, I have compassion, I am coming down to rescue.” (v. 7-8)
- When God gets excited, God always seems to involve us. The result is God saying, “So now I am sending you!” (v. 10)
- Our lousy timing but God’s timing is perfect. Compare Moses’ early attempts to deliver Israel (and failure to do so) with God’s perfect timing and methods used many years later.
- Cast Your Bread on the Waters: Willard Eberly’s story about how the gospel was reaching Albania long before people knew, and how it later bore fruit.
- In the February, 2003, issue of Christianity Today, Ram Cnaan tells us that the average congregation spends $184,000 per year on social services. (“Tallying Compassion,” Ron Cnaan, interviewed by Agnieszka Tennant)
Additional Scripture References
- Romans 13:11, Now is the time to wake from slumber
- II Corinthians 6:1-2, Now is the time of God’s favor
- Matthew 9:35-38, The harvest is plentiful
When is “Now?”
- When people are open
- When leaders are ready
- When the need is great
- When God says, “Now!”
- Illustration: Sister Parbatee in Trindad said, “You don’t know how long I’ve prayed for a Christian witness in Esperanza, and now you are here.”
- Words of African Pastor: “I won’t give up, shut up, let up…..And when he comes for his own, He’ll have no trouble recognizing me. My banner will be clear.”
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