20:21 Sentification

The saved are sent.

In John 20:21, Jesus post-crucifixion, post-resurrection, is meeting with His disciples and showing them that He had come back from the dead. As their jaws were likely on the floor, He lets them know…
     “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.”

Those that receive peace from Jesus are sent on a mission by Jesus. The church is never more the church when it lives that sent life Jesus called her to live. The greatest threat to the kingdom of darkness is not that the church would just gather but that the church would re-pre-sent Christ Jesus in the earth.

My wife Grace was recently shopping and saw a lady that worked behind the counter with a brace on her wrist. Since she is living that sent life she saw this lady’s pain as an opportunity to represent Jesus. She asked if she could pray for her and the cashier got excited and said, “yes.” So, Grace stretched out her hand and spoke a word of healing over her wrist in Jesus name. The pain instantly started leaving and the cashier told her it was feeling better. The cashier went on to invite herself to our church and she gave her information. Space fails me on this post to tell you stories of our community that are doing this day in and day out to show the love and truth of Jesus in simple ways.

Allow me to introduce a word that I recently made up: sentification. I realize it’s not an actual word. The Bible contains some great words ending with “…ation” such as “justification, sanctification, regeneration, propitiation, etc.” And rightfully so, we should make a big deal about these robust theological terms because they are full of truth and power. But one thing that I believe is being recovered in our practice is making much of the doctrine of mission that runs throughout the narrative of Scripture. Jesus sent us to represent Him.

re – pre – sent: “be entitled or appointed to act or speak for (someone), especially in an official capacity.”

Sentification
Sentification (my made-up word’s definition) is the action of being…
Sent to a people
On a mission
With a message
In power and authority.
Sent to a people
Who are the people that we are sent to? Well, the marco-group that we are sent to as representatives of Jesus is to sinners. Sinners are everyone. Or as they might say in the south, all y’all. Sinners are God’s image bearers who have inherited the sinful nature of Adam and violated God’s law in small measure or large measure, but have nonetheless “fallen short of the of glory of God (Romans 3:23).” Christians living on mission must love sinners and be present with sinners and build friendship with sinners. For all Christians have been sinners who received the mercy of Jesus. The church needs to get over guilt by association (I think I’ll have another blog on this). If Jesus is our prime example, and He is, we observe that He was accused for being a friend of sinners. After all if we are re-presenting Jesus, we share His heart: “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. I did not come to call the righteous, but sinners, to repentance (Mark 2:17 NKJV).”
On a mission

All representatives have a mission and is not to enforce their own will or purpose but the purpose of the sovereign ruler that they represent. We see above that we are sent to lost souls and our mission is to save souls and make disciples. In the Mark 16 comission Jesus tells his followers they are to be gospel preachers. In Matthew 28, Jesus tells his followers to be disciple-makers. Our assignment from King Jesus is both, and. We are to be soul winners and disicple-makers. One should not replace the other, for the two go hand in hand.

 With a message

Our message is so simple that a child could understand but so powerful that it shakes kingdoms and cause demons to tremble. It’s the message of our Savior and of the mighty apostles who laid down their lives to preach it. It’s the gospel.

16 For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek. 17 For in it the righteousness of God is revealed from faith to faith; as it is written, “The just shall live by faith (Romans 1:16-17 NKJV).”

The message we preach is forgiveness of sins (1 Cor. 15) and the ushering in of God’s kingdom through the person and work of Jesus Christ (Mark 1). The gospel message lifts souls out of despair and into hope. The gospel proclaims that all is done in Christ and calls all people to repent and believe that they might enter into the reign of God through simple faith. The gospel calls all people to obey Jesus and become God’s child.

In power and authority.

Forgiven people can declare others forgiven who trust in Jesus, forgiveness places you in Christ, and you can be filled with the power of the Holy Spirit. Jesus continued in John 20: 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” Our authority is delegated to us in Christ that when we turn from our sin and believe on Jesus as Lord our sin is forgiven and we are therefore commissioned to release the message of Christ’s forgiveness to others. Our authority comes from being new in Christ. When we gain confidence in Christ’s ability to completely forgive us of all of our sins and cleanse our conscience, we can boldly carry out this mission. We lack confidence when we don’t understand the completeness of what Jesus has done through the cross and the shedding of His blood to absolve us of all guilt and shame. Our authority is a byproduct of the mercy that we receive. It’s not something we earn or accomplish, it’s by God’s grace. When we are saved, we are set apart to be sent.

Our power is received through being filled or baptized in the Holy Spirit. Jesus told these disciples in John 20 that they were sent like He was sent. Careful observation of Jesus life and ministry shows us that He was sent by being filled and empowered by the Holy Spirit in Luke 3 and 4. Power allows us to demonstrate the authority that represent from God’s kingdom. The power of the Holy Spirit that the disciples received from Jesus allowed them as representatives to show people a taste of the age to come. When demons afflict and torment soul we cast them out. When disease, sickness and pain plague people’s bodies we bring the power of Christ to release healing. We have power to share supernatural revelation we can’t naturally know and power to release the peace of God’s presence over trouble.

What a privilege and what a responsibility for the church of Jesus Christ. In every generation the church must receive the mission that they are sent on. This is where revival takes place, when the church rises up in prayer and obedience and every member comes alive to their calling, sent into their assignment. This is reformation.

If you are saved, you are sent.

Come near to God and pray…

-WHO ARE MY PEOPLE?
– WHAT IS MY MISSION?
– HOW DO I PREACH THE MESSAGE?

– GIVE ME YOUR AUTHORITY AND POWER

Would you like to know more about an opportunity for training and a time to encounter God with the Represent team? Plan to join us in February 16-17 at Represent Souls and Cities Conference: http://representmovement.com/represent-encounter/.

 

*20:21 is a tag you will see on various Represent logos and items. It belongs to the Scripture that our ministry is based on John 20:21.

John Hammer, as the founder and director of Represent Movement, began Represent with the goal of furthering the gospel of Jesus Christ and equipping those who do. He is happily married to the love of his life Grace Elaine and together they have four amazing children: Hailey, Emma, Justus and Addison. John shares his powerful testimony of being rescued from shame by Jesus and has developed into a passionate and creative communicator that is living for a Jesus awakening in this generation. John expresses his heart and creativity through preaching, teaching, writing and spoken word poetry. He is the author of the book eXXXit, and the Senior Associate Pastor at Sonrise Christian Center in Everett, WA. He also is the Director of Sonrise Supernatural School of Seattle Bible College.