Radiate DC: God’s Heart for the Nations
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I can’t even tell you how much fun my family I had last week at Radiate DC. Over 1,250 college students from the Mid-Atlantic came to worship together, listen to Bible teaching, attend seminars, and have lotsa, lotsa FUN. It was really a blessing to be with all of you.
Below are my very general notes as we looked at God’s Heart for the World on Wednesday evening – you can cross-reference these to find many, many more passages that speak to God’s plan to bless the nations through you. There are also a few quotes at the bottom of the page I did not include in my talk that I think will encourage you. I am praying for you as you consider how God is calling to to be a blessing to the nations!
Introduction to Scripture: Genesis 1-11
The Theme (God’s Mission) of the Bible Woven Throughout Scripture: Genesis 12:1-3
God’s Mission – the theme of the Bible – is to bring the nations back to Him.
The Old Testament: Zephaniah 2:11, Isaiah 12:4-5, Isaiah 56:6-7, Isaiah 49:6, Psalm 67:1-7, Psalm 22:27-28, Psalm 86:9-10, Psalm 96:10, Psalm 42:7, Psalm 88:7, 1 Samuel 17, Joshua 2:9-10, Jeremiah 1 (whole chapter)
The New Testament: 5 Great Commission Texts (Matthew 28:18-20, Mark 16:15, Luke 24:46-48, John 20:21, Acts 1:8)
The Conclusion to the story: Revelation 7:9
God’s Messengers Have Historically Been Young People and University Students
Who were these missionaries who sacrificed so much to carry the gospel to the ends of the earth? Were they spiritual giants who gloriously overcame obstacles they confronted? No. They were ordinary individuals, plagued by human frailties and failures, super saints they were not. – Ruth Tucker
World Christianity is the result of the great missionary expansion of the last two centuries. That expansion, whatever your attitude to Christianity may be is one of the most remarkable facts of human history.
From the Haystack Prayer Meeting in 1806 to the Cambridge Seven and the Student Volunteer Movement of 1886, students of previous generations have been a uniquely powerful force in the cause of world evangelization. – Rick Wood
“It is remarkable that students have played a decisive role in many of the greatest forward movements of the church in world evangelism. It has been through their vision and energy that the church has been propelled into renewed efforts of outreach.” – David Howard
A few more quotes from the evening:
“God’s mission is to bless the nations. God’s heart beats for every nation, every ethnic group, every person.
“Despite our age, insecurities, and our past, we are all called to be a blessing to the nations.”
“God advances his mission through messed up messengers.”
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