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the Model for Short Term Supernatural Mission

Biblical Ministry and Mission

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Jesus was, of course, the world’s best at short term supernatural missions – constantly travelling, as Peter and Paul and their teams did later.
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When I re-read Randy Clark’s chapter on Power Evangelism in Short Term Missions from his book Supernatural Missions I was inspired to produce this book – Jesus the Model for Short Term Supernatural Mission. 

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For over 20 years Randy Clark has led teams and equipped people of faith to minister just as Jesus told us to, and as Jesus taught his followers to do. This link takes you to a chapter from his book, edited for Renewal Journal 10: Evangelism, used with permission.

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So reading that again sparked ideas for this book, resulting from one of those God-moments, I believe.
Contents
Introduction
1  Jesus’ Mission and Ministry
3  Peter and Paul on Mission
4  My Mission Adventures
5 How to Minister Like Jesus (by Bart Doornweerd, as reproduced in Renewal Journal 5: Signs & Wonders)
Conclusion

Introduction

Jesus is the best model for short term supernatural mission.

When Jesus, aged about 30, returned to his home town of Nazareth in the hills of Galilee, he explained his mission and ministry by quoting from Isaiah.

Then Jesus, filled with the power of the Spirit, returned to Galilee, and a report about him spread through all the surrounding country. 15 He began to teach in their synagogues and was praised by everyone. …

16 When he came to Nazareth, where he had been brought up, he went to the synagogue on the sabbath day, as was his custom. He stood up to read, 17 and the scroll of the prophet Isaiah was given to him. He unrolled the scroll and found the place where it was written:

18 ‘The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
    because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
    and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
19 to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favour.’

20 And he rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the attendant, and sat down. The eyes of all in the synagogue were fixed on him. 21 Then he began to say to them, ‘Today this scripture has been fulfilled in your hearing.’ …

(Luke 4:14-15, 16-21; see Isaiah 61:1-2)

Jesus fulfilled that prophecy in his life and ministry, and taught his followers to minister that way. We can too.

The name Joshua/Jesus means God saves, or God is salvation.  That is why the angel announcing his birth said, “… you are to name him Joshua/Jesus (Yeshua), for he will save his people from their sins” (Matthew 1:21). It is the same name as Moses’ general, Joshua, who led the Israelites into their promised land.

The earliest English translations of the Bible used the name Jesus for Yeshua of Nazareth, and the name Joshua for others with that same name. So in English the name Jesus became unique and sacred for Jesus of Nazareth, the Son of God, the Saviour of the world.

This book explores the mission and ministry of Jesus/Joshua the Christ/Messiah, the Son of God, and how he fulfilled his brief ministry (Chapter 1). Jesus took others to minister with him and sent them out to minister in the authority and power of his name (Chapter 2).

Peter and Paul travelled with teams in their mission and ministry, also anointed with the Spirit of God (Chapter 3).

I give some brief contemporary examples of short term mission and ministry (Chapter 4) and Bart Doornweed (Chapter 5) and Randy Clark (Chapter 6) describe their experience of short term supernatural mission.

The final chapter is a powerful story by Carl Lawrence about two teenage girls in China who established 30 churches in two years with congregations ranging from 200 to 5,000 (Chapter 7).

Listen to God’s Spirit as you read and apply this good news.

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