One Global Weekend
For churches and leaders: Follow or adapt this suggested message plan below for one global weekend emphasis based on the book Across the Street and Around the World: Following Jesus to the Nations in Your Neighborhood…and Beyond.
Sermon plan for:
Across the Street and Around the World
Point one: God blessed us to be a blessing to the nations and for all nations to worship him. (Gen. 12:1–3) (Rev. 5:1–10) (pp. 5-7).
Point two: Play to win: the goal of reaching all people groups (Matt. 24:14) (pp. 102-106).
Point three: Find a global role right here, right now: welcoming (Matt. 25:34– 36), mobilizing (Num. 10:1–2), giving (Matt. 6:19–21), and praying (Eph. 6:10–20) (pp. 43 and 52-55, 136, 140, 144).
Point four: Should we start going until we’re called to stay? (Matt. 28:16– 20 (pp. 158-160)
“Interactive ideas during the service: Set your phones to 5:09 pm to pray Rev 5:9 every day this week. Interview a refugee live on stage. Video chat in real-time with a field-worker living overseas in an unreached people group.”
OTHER IDEAS TO WRAP AROUND THE WEEKEND:
Kick-off a small group series to go through Across the Street and Around the World using the Reflection Questions at the end of each chapter, the Small Group Plan, and Bible Reading List in the book, and the supplemental Videos.
Launch one of the All-Church Global Challenges to do during the week.
Use the series to promote next steps such as Across the Street and Around the World small groups, Perspectives course, your planned short-term trips, local refugee resettlement teams, discipleship internships, or signing up with interest to be coached to go.
Here’s a great idea!!! Launch six-month missional GOER small groups to DO Across the Street and Around the World. Ask those with an interest in preparing to go to the nations to join. Set expectations for a higher level of participation and practice. Expect three hours of outreach time, three hours of time with God, and a three-hour group time per week. I suggest taking several weeks to discuss and practice one chapter of Across the Street and Around the World before moving on to the next chapter using the Small Group Plan along with the Small Group Reading Plan in the book. You could supplement with online resources found at www.AcrosstheStreetandAroundtheWorld.com.