#PAOCGENCONF2010 – Ivan Satyavrata

Ivan Satatyavrata serves as the Senior Pastor of an Assembly of God church in  Kolkata (Calcutta), India.  Here are my notes from his message at the General Conference:

Christianity in general is more of a multicultural and global movement than ever before.

  • need for Christians all over the world to work TOGETHER.
  • John 17:18 (Jesus prayer)
  • John 20:21 (commission) – As the father sent Jesus, so he sends US!

“How of Missions”

  • it is the manner in which the Father sent the Son that determines the manner in which the church is sent by Jesus
  • it’s mission is governed by the manner of His (mission). (Newbigin, Missons in Christ’s way)
  • the importance of “as” in what Jesus said. (the father has sent me AS I send you)
  • missions is NOT about colonization.
  • missions must NOT be done alone!
  • missions is not marketing (corporatization)

What is Jesus way for missions?
John 14:21 (Jesus prayer) – one as you and I are one.

1. Intimacy

  • with God and with each other
  • must be nurtured in and flow out of our intimacy with God
  • need can be a motivation for philantrophy but can never be a motivation for mission
  • Mission must be rooted in an intimate relationship with Jesus Christ

2. Servanthood
John 13:1-5 – washing of feet

  • mission IS servanthood
  • “if you come to us in the spirit of your master we cannot resist you” (Ghandi writing to E. Stanley Jones – missonary to India)

3. Friendship
Jesus prayed that we may all be one.

  • such friendship is a non-negotiable if missions is to succeed.
  • this friendship is supernatural. Not just two people sharing the same values or in the same club etc.
  • friendship is put together by God.
  • it involves pain, love etc. (John 15:13-15)
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