God’s Global Mission
The Great Commission
Of
Our Lord Jesus Christ
First Two Well-Known Passages
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From the Gospels Of Matthew & Mark
Matt 28:19-20 “Therefore go and make
disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the
name of the Father and of the Son and of the
Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey
everything I have commanded you. And surely I
am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
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Mark 16:19-20 “Go into all the world and
preach the good news to all creation. Whoever
believes and is baptized will be saved, but
whoever does not believe will be condemned.”
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What’s the Life Setting of these
verses of the Great Commission?
Imagine the geo-political context in
which our Lord Jesus spoke these
words to his beloved disciples.
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I am going to suggest to you to look
at the context in a new way in order to
understand these passages for today’s
current situation.
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Second Well-known Passage
Acts 1:8
“But you will receive power when the Holy
Spirit comes on you; and you will be my
witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and
Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
How is the Great Commission of our Lord Jesus
Christ going to be carried out?
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From Jerusalem
the City
to Judea & Samaria
the Region
to Everywhere
the World
Boston-Pilgrim’s City on a Hill
Boston
Jonathan Edwards
George Whitfield
Charles Finney
Dwight L. Moody
20th Century Boston and New
England
The Graveyard
Of
Christian Missions
And
Missionaries
Boston’s Churches
What did God use
in
the Quiet Revival?
Both in the 1st Century
& the 21st Century…
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God used(s) CITIES!
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God used(s) DIASPORA PEOPLE
God used(s) RELATIONAL (Primary)
CULTURE
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God used(s) Spirit-Empowered people
From the City,
to the Region and the World —
The 1:8s of the New Testament
ACTS 1:8. “To Jerusalem, Judea, Samaria
and the uttermost ends of the earth.”
ROMANS 1:8. “Your faith is being reported
all over the world.”
I THESSALONIANS 1:8. “Not only in
Macedonia and Achaia…(but) everywhere.”
The City is a Gold Mine
“There is gold for the Lord in the cities of
the world…The city is a gold mine. It
has prominent ethnic (vertical) veins.
It has prominent sociological
(horizontal) veins. And it has other
veins that run at will in all directions
…But there is yet another level of
complexity…The city is also an
organism constantly on the move.”
-Timothy Monsma
20 years
England
Rome
Jerusalem
India
Seismic Shift of Christianity
Diaspora Visitors to Jerusalem at Pentecost
Rome(13)
Pontus(7)
Asia(8)
Phrygia(9)
Cappa-Docia(6)
Pamphylia(10)
Mesopotamia(4)
Parthian
Empire(1)
Media(2)
Crete(14)
Elam(3)
Cyrene(12)
Numbers indicate
sequence listed in
Acts 2:9 -11
Judea(5)
Egypt(11)
Arabia(15)
108 Nationalities Represented in
Boston and Cambridge Churches
•African
•Albanian
•Angolan
•Antiguan
•Argentinean
•Australian
•Bahamian
•Barbadian
•Belizean
•Brazilian
•British
•Bulgarian
•Burmese
•Byelorussian
•Cambodian
•Cameroonian
•Canadian
•Cape Verdean
•Caribbean/West Indian
•Central American
•Chilean
•Chinese
•Colombian
•Congolese
•Costa Rican
•Croatian
•Cuban
•Curacoan
•Czech
•Dominican
•East Indian
•Ecuadorian
•Egyptian
•Eritrean
•Ethiopian
•Fijian
•Filipino
•French
•German
•Ghanaian
•Greek
•Grenadian
•Guatemalan
•Guyanese
•Haitian
•Honduran
•Hong Kong
•Hungarian
•Indian
•Indonesian
•Irish
•Italian
• Ivoirien
•Jamaican
•Japanese
•Kenyan
•Korean
•Laotian
•Latvian
•Lebanese
108 Nationalities Represented in
Boston and Cambridge Churches
•Liberian
•Lithuanian
•Malaysian
•Mexican
•Montserratian
•Native American
•Nicaraguan
•Nigerian
•Norwegian
•Palestinian
•Panamanian
•Peruvian
•Polish
•Portuguese
•Puerto Rican
•Romanian
•Russian
•Salvadorian
•Samoan
•Serbian
•Sierra Leonean
•Singaporean
•Slavonic
•South African
•Spanish (Spain)
•Sri Lankan
•St. Barts
•St. Croix
•St. Kittsian
•St. Lucian
•St. Vincent
•Swedish
•Syrian
•Taiwanese
•Tanzanian
•Togolese
•Tortola, BVI
•Trinidadian
•Ugandan
•Ukrainian
•Venezuelan
•Vietnamese
•Virgin Islands
•West African
•Yugoslavian
•Zimbabwean
Boston & Cambridge worship services
are held in 31 languages
•Albanian
•Amharic
•Arabic
•Armenian
•ASL (Sign)
•Burmese
•Cantonese
•Creole
•French
•German
•Greek
•Igbo
•Indonesian
•Italian
•Khmer
•Korean
•Latin
•Latvian
•Lithuanian
•Malayalam
•Mandarin
•Polish
•Portuguese Creole
•Portuguese
•Russian
•Spanish
•Syriac
•Tigrinya
•Ukrainian
•Vietnamese
•Yoruba
Christians joined together around the world
Boston both receives and sends Christians
to do ministry in a global exchange
Christians joined together around the world
Boston both receives and sends Christians
to do ministry in a global exchange
Three Eras of Modern Missions
• Mission to Coast-lands
• Inland Missions
• Reaching Unreached People Groups
• Fourth Era: Cities as God's Locus of
Mission
Basic Framework for Missions
(1) Missions embrace the whole world
(2) Missions need to be embraced by
EVERY follower of Christ
(3) Missions need to be embraced by
the body of Christ as a whole
Berlin and its
Spiritual Challenges
(1) Communist Heritage
(2) Liberal lifestyle and modern
Zeitgeist
(3) Largest Muslim population
Reverse missions and
Diaspora missions movements
(1) Reality of immigrant churches in
Germany
(2) Mental models towards immigrant
churches
Impact of a lack of collaboration
with immigrant churches
(1) Limits for people of a majority
culture to reach out to immigrants
(2) Distorted image of the body of
Christ
Diaspora Missions Research
Project Presentation
Initial Findings:
10 Diaspora Missions Practitioners
from New England to the World
Mission Locations: 10 Practitioners
Bahamas
Bolivia
Brazil
Burma
Cambodia
Cameroon
Congo
Haiti
India
Liberia
Moldova
Mexico
Nigeria
Peru
South Africa
Sweden
Thailand
Undisclosed
(Asia)
Types of Diaspora Missions
Agriculture
Literature
Bible Translation
Medical
Church Planting
Networking
Construction
Orphans
Economic Development
Relief
Education
Short-term
Evangelism
Theological Education
Leadership Development
Not-So-Well-known Passages
of the Great Commission
John 13:35 “By this all men will know that you
are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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John 17:20-23 “… I pray also for those who will
believe in me through their message, that all of them
may be one, Father, just as you are in me and I am in
you. May they also be in us so that the world may
believe that you have sent me.
… that they may be one as we are one: I in them and
you in me. May they be brought to complete unity to
let the world know that you sent me and have loved
them even as you have loved me.
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Growth of Cities
Global Urban Ministries Network
After 2000 yrs of Acts 1:8, wherever the Gospel has
made a significant impact, believers are practicing Acts
1:8 all over again, going beyond their local cities, their
Jerusalems to their regions & the World.
Time has now come to “Connect the Jerusalems” to be
more effective in World Evangelization following the
Great Commission verses of John 13:35; 17:20-23.
Cape Town GUMNet Luncheon: as a result now CT
participant Mac Pier of New York City has begun a
conversation among representatives of ten different
cities of North America to learn from each other and
EGC represents Boston.
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Personal Information
and Q & A
Dr. Bobby Bose, Global Urban Ministries Education Coordinator
Email: [email protected]
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Dr. Bianca Duemling, Intercultual Ministries, Assistant Director
Email: [email protected]
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Emmanuel Gospel Center
2 San Juan Street, PO Box 180245
Boston, MA 02118-0994
Website: www.egc.org
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