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51: Priorities 101 – Mission Statements

May 14, 2009

Major Text: Matthew 16:21-26; Luke 9:26-27

Harmony Texts:

Matt. 16:21-26      Mark 8:31-37       Luke 9:22-25
Matt. 16:27-28      Mark 8:38-9:1     Luke 9:26-27

Outline:

  1. Jesus States His Mission Matt. 16:21
  2. Peter Restates Jesus’ Mission Matt 16:22
  3. Jesus Corrects Peter and teaches the Disciples their Mission Matt. 16:23-26; Luke9:26-27

Context/Discussion/Comments:

Jesus continues teaching His disciples in the area of Caesarea Philippi. He begins by stating His Mission. A paraphrase of what Jesus states is this: In order to restore/redeem My Creation to its original Glory, I will humble myself and become like them. I will be an example for them on how to live. I will show them many wonders. I will teach them My ways. I will suffer, be rejected, and die on the cross for their sin. I will prove that I have victory over death by rising on the third day so they can be assured of living with me forever in intimate fellowship. This would be a Mission Statement for His First Advent only. The Mission Statement for His Second Advent would read entirely different.

It’s common to also have a Vision Statement. The Vision Statement answers the question “What do I want the future to look like?” Vision Statements must come before Mission Statements. A Mission Statement is a brief synopsis of how one is going to attain the Vision. Jesus’ Vision Statement would read: My aim is to restore and redeem My creation [which was originally good but is now corrupted by Satan’s works, sin] to it’s original Glory.

Peter objects to Jesus’ mission and is promptly rebuked by Jesus. If Jesus does not go through with His appointed mission, man is doomed to die. Eternal life would not be possible. That is why Jesus rebukes Peter with such strong language. Peter’s idea of Jesus’ mission is of Satan. Jesus’ mission is in accordance to the will of God.

Jesus continues to teach, explaining to the disciples what their mission is to be. They are to deny themselves, take up their cross, and follow Him. A true disciple of Jesus is never ashamed of Jesus or His teachings. He also adds that some will see the power of God shortly, referring to His upcoming transfiguration in the presence of Peter, James, and John.

The following chart compares Christ’s example with the requirements for His disciples.

Christ’s Example Disciples Requirement
Suffer/rejected <Humility> Deny oneself

Pick up cross

Follow Jesus

Killed <Obedience> Lose your life
Resurrected <Power> Save your life
Father’s Glory <Eternity> Father’s Glory

Consider these questions:

  1. Jesus’ primary mission on earth was to die for our sins. What is your mission?
  2. Have you ever argued with God? Did you hear His rebuke?
  3. In attempting to serve God, did your plan ever have priority over God’s plan? Did you ever jump to a conclusion before understanding His plan?
  4. What’s more important, your body or your soul?
  5. Have you done anything in the past that would cause Jesus to be proud of you? Ashamed of you?
  6. What crosses are you bearing in order to serve Jesus?
  7. What is your Vision and Mission Statements? Do they coincide with Christ’s requirements?

I have attempted to write my own Vision and Mission Statements. They are as follows.

Vision Statement:

My aim is to trust, know, love, honor, obey, fear, and praise God; living with Him forever.

Mission Statement:

In order to be considered worthy by God and live with Him forever, I will place my faith in Jesus as Savior and Lord [deny myself]. I will accept His gift of Grace and seek to imitate Him when He lived on earth [take up my cross daily]. I will obey all His commands [especially those to love one another], confess Him before all men, and minister to the needs of others [follow Him].

Lessons/Applications:

  1. Because Jesus was faithful in carrying out His Mission, we too are required to be faithful.
  2. Christ spoke plainly about His Mission. We must do likewise to those whom we befriend, love, and have gained respect/confidence.
  3. Self-interest will not please Jesus but bring His rebuke.
  4. Real disciples deny themselves, take up His cross, and follow Him. We humble ourselves, identify with Him, and obey Him. We preach Christ crucified with humility, with perseverance, and, in all probability, under persecution.
  5. God’s ways are almost always the opposite of man’s ways.
  6. The cross guarantees victory and glory. Christ proved it that we may believe and have hope.
  7. The future is far greater and more important than the present; the soul more than the body.
  8. Giving one’s life to Jesus and confessing Him before man results in Salvation and experiencing God’s Glory.

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