Apr 27

God’s Blessing and God’s Mission

2012 | by Trent Hunter | Category: Sermon Follow-Up

In Sunday’s sermon, “God Wants to Bless You…but Maybe Not Like You Think,” Ryan preached from Psalm 67 about two not-so-obviously related themes: blessing and mission.

Psalm 67 begins this way:

May God be gracious to us and bless us and make his face to shine upon us, that your way may be known on earth, your saving power among all nations. Let the peoples praise you, O God; let all the peoples praise you!

The Psalmist prays for God’s blessing on His people in order that God’s name might be praised among the peoples of the earth. John Piper captured the implications of this prayer well in this statement:

If God blesses his people for the sake of the nations; then God is most likely to bless us when we are planning and longing and praying to bless the nations. If God wants his goods to get to the nations, then he will fill the truck that’s driving toward the nations. He will bless the church that’s pouring itself out for unreached peoples of the world. And this blessing is not payment for a service rendered; it’s power and joy for a mission to accomplish. When we move toward the unreached peoples, we are not earning God’s blessings, we are leaping into the river of blessings that is already flowing to the nations.

As those who live on this side of Jesus’ great commission to “make disciples of all nations,” we are experiencing the magnificent fulfillment of the prayer we read in Psalm 67. God is, by His Spirit, displaying His saving power among the nations and winning praise for Himself among the peoples of the earth.

Since this is both our prayer and our mission, it is no surprise that a ministry like The Joshua Project exists in order to highlight the least reached people groups of the world. This is a site worth bookmarking on your browser.

Learn more about The Joshua Project here, and check out their pages devoted to the Rabinal Achi, and pages devoted to the Jemez and Zuni peoples, both New Mexico people groups with little access to the gospel. Several informational videos are also helpful for learning more about unreached peoples around the world.

At DSC, we are privileged to be used of God for the spreading of His glory throughout the world. Here are several helpful links from the Missions section of the DSC site:

Here are several sermons related to the global mission of God’s people:

For a catalogue of sermons preached at DSC on the subject of global missions, click here.