Mobilize: Session 6
You will need the following materials:
- List of ideas to mobilize
- 6 Ways DVD
- A concise, compelling speaker from your church to give a 3 min testimony
- Anglican Resources for Mobilizing
- Six Essential Keys for Promoting Global Events at Your Church: an article: an article for ideas
- 6 Ways Mobilize PDF Version of this handout
1. INTRODUCTION (5 minutes)
Invite participants to report back one new thing they learned about welcome last week and to recall previous key verses (Acts 1:8, James 1:22, Heb 7:25, Rom 10:15, Ps 146:19).
In World War II, only 1% of the entire US population served on the front-lines with 10% serving in other military roles in the Army, Navy or Air Force. However, 100% of the US population was mobilized to support the military effort to defeat Germany and the Japan. Everyone was involved at some level. For global missions, our goal is not to congratulate the 1% who go overseas and say “I admire those overseas missionaries, but it’s not for me,” but rather to roll up our sleeves and ask, “How can I help my church get educated, interested, involved, and invested in Jesus’ global cause?” And if that seems a big task, then we can ask at an individual level, “Who in my church can I encourage, mentor, support and serve so that they engage more deeply in God’s worldwide redemptive purposes?”
2. BIBLE (5 minutes)
“What you have heard from me in the presence of many witnesses entrust to faithful men who will be able to teach others also” 2 Timothy 2:2.
Second Timothy is a passionate appeal from a veteran missionary (Paul) to a younger colleague (Timothy). He urges endurance as a key quality Timothy will need as a preacher of the Gospel. Paul exhorts Timothy to ‘rekindle’ the gift of God within him (2 Tim 1:3-7), not to be ‘ashamed’ of witnessing to the Lord (2 Tim 1:8-18), but to take his share of suffering as a good soldier of Christ (2 Tim 2:1-13). Timothy must think of the next generation of leaders by “entrusting (the Gospel he had heard from Paul) to faithful men who will be able to teach others also.”
As Timothy encounters false teachers, he must endeavor to be a sound workman, handling the word rightly (2 Tim 2:14-19), to purify himself from what is ignoble (2 Tim 2:20-26) so that he can be a useful tool in his Master’s hands. The Apostle Paul exemplifies this type of lifestyle (2 Tim 3:10-17). “Now you have observed my teaching, my conduct, my aim in life, my faith, my patience, my love, my steadfastness, my persecutions, my sufferings…what persecutions I endured; yet from them all the Lord rescued me. Indeed all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted” (2 Tim 3:10-12). Right up to the end of his life, Paul provided a up close and personal example of mobilizing younger leaders for Gospel work.
3. REAL STORY (3 minutes)
Interview someone in your church to tell the group one specific, engaging, transformational example for their life of being mobilized for a God-sized task, i.e. who in their life ‘mobilized’ them for this unique opportunity? In what way were they ‘mobilized’? Select someone who is concise and compelling.
Another option: Describe the mobilizing work the Rev Charles Simeon, an Anglican priest in the 1800s, had for global missions. Henry Martyn, one of his mentees, burned out for God in overseas ministry (see article “Henry Martyn Forsook All For Christ” by Ken Curtis ).
4. DVD VIDEO (6 minutes) “MOBILIZE”
5. FOLLOW UP (5 minutes)
In small groups of 2-3, discuss:
- What one new idea strikes you from this video?
- What are some creative ways you could motivate and mobilize people in your church?
- What action steps can you take to help people to get moving and prepared once you have helped them to see God’s heart for all nations of the world?
- What commitment to mobilize is God calling you to make this year?
6. OPPORTUNITIES TO MOBILIZE
In small groups of 2-3 people, read these opportunities and select any thatare of interest to you or brainstorm some ideas of your own:
Invite a friend to join you at a mission conference
Start a prayer group to support missionaries from your church
Do a google search for great videos about missions
Volunteer to teach a missions slot at VBS
Find mission praise songs you can teach kids in your church
Write an article for your church magazine or website about missions
Start a missions movie night at your home
Invite people to join you for ethnic meals in your town
Match people you know with a mission organization that complements their work skills
Pray every day at 10.02 because of Luke 10:2
Arrange speaking assignments for missionaries back in the US
Set up a booth about missions at local college campuses
Serve on your church missions committee or start one if there isn’t one
Develop a bulletin board at your church for missions
Identify and encourage third culture kids in your area
Visit a foreign language church in your area
Volunteer for a mission agency
Create a missions video
Bless children to be missionaries