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SENT ONES 

Scripture: John 20:19–21, Matthew 28:18–20, James 4:13–16

Memory verse: John 20:21
"Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

Lead-In

Each of the four gospels record Jesus' final command that the church refers to as "The Great Commission." The apostle John's presentation is brief and centres on the key word "sent." (Ask the class to say the memory verse.)

The word "sent" means to go to a certain destination to achieve a particular objective. Some examples would be: your mother sending you to the market to buy bread, or your teacher sending you to the school office to get a piece of chalk or a white board marker.

Ask: What are other examples of being sent? (Allow responses.)

Hearing God's Word

The disciples had locked themselves in a room because they were afraid of the Jewish leaders. The leaders had killed Jesus and perhaps would deal with them in the same manner. All of a sudden, without a door being opened, the resurrected Jesus stood before them.

Jesus spoke to them with excitement in is His voice using the friendly, traditional greeting, "Peace be with you!" The disciples recognized Him as their Lord and they were very happy. Then, it was time for Jesus to leave and he used the same words "Peace be with you!" as a farewell expression.

"Peace be with you!" (John 20:19, 21) is the primary blessing because peace is the quest of all human beings. The gospel is a message of peace--peace from disturbance outwardly and distress inwardly within the soul. Peace revealed in good, harmonious relationships with both people and God. Nothing is better than peace with God and fellow human beings. (Ask the students to say: "Peace be with you!" to three different students.)

How was Jesus Sent?

Jesus was sent by the God the Father, "As the Father has sent me" (John 20:21). Consequently, Jesus represented His Father and moved in and under the authority and power of the creator God. Because Jesus was sent by the Father, He was highly committed to following the Father's instructions. Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane, "Not my will, but yours be done" (Luke 22:42).

The Father's objective in sending Jesus was for God to come near to people through Jesus being revealed as a human being. This allowed Jesus to experience all that we experience in life, even in death. However, His death included God's plan of providing salvation for all who put their trust in Him.

Ask: In what ways was Jesus blessed to be sent by the Father? (Allow responses.)

How were the Disciples Sent?

Jesus provided salvation, but He commanded His disciples to proclaim the message of peace and good news. Just as the Father had sent Him, He declared, "I am sending you" (John 20:21).

The disciples were commissioned and given authority to minister as Jesus ministered—teaching, working miracles and bringing people into the Kingdom of God. They had a mission, an objective to fulfil. Jesus had given them a detailed plan as recorded in Matthew 28:19, "Therefore go and make disciples of all nations."

The disciples moved out immediately as Jesus' sent ones with a message of peace. "The disciples went out and preached everywhere" (Mark 16:20). "With great power the apostles continued to testify to the resurrection of the Lord Jesus" (Acts 4:33).

Ask: How did the disciples show that they were sent by the Father? (Allow responses.)

How are Young Believers Sent?

Youth who are born-again are disciples of Jesus. Just as Jesus was sent and just as the disciples were sent, Jesus is sending young people today. Jesus wants you to represent Him to everyone, to allow Him to shine forth through your life.

Jesus' objective remains the same: reveal Jesus to everyone everywhere, speak with His authority from the Bible, preach the gospel, and expect Him to confirm His Word with supernatural answers to prayer.

Jesus is sending you to your family, classmates and teachers, neighbours, towns and villages, your tribe and other tribes to introduce them to Jesus, the Saviour. Accept your commission as an honour and immediately go in order to please Jesus and bring sinners into the Kingdom of God.

Ask: What are Jesus' expectations as He sends out youth to represent Him? (Allow responses.)

Accepting God's Word

I accepted Jesus as my Saviour at the age of 13. Four years later, I completed my secondary school education. Looking to the future, I enrolled in a training program to prepare for work with the railway. Two weeks before the training session was to begin, a missionary spoke at my home church.

The missionary was serving in Burkina Faso and had many interesting testimonies of God's blessing upon the work there. Then, the missionary preached from James 4:14, "What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes." The missionary said, "Life is short so you need to make sure you have the right priorities directing your life."

I had one priority at that time—a good job and money to buy whatever I wanted. The Spirit of the Lord spoke to me and I realized that I needed to allow Him to help me set priorities with eternal value that would assist me in fulfilling His purpose for my life.

My heartfelt prayer became, "I will say 'yes, Lord, yes' to your will and to your way. I will trust you and obey. When your Spirit speaks to me, with my whole heart I will agree. Whatever you ask me to do, I will do it. Obedience to your command is my top priority."

Ask: Have you set priorities for your life? If so, what are the two most important? (Allow responses.)

Be a "sent one!" Go in the power of the Holy Spirit and watch Him use you in a mighty way to advance His Kingdom!

Present the information about the Safi tribe given below. If possible, view the video.

Meet the Safi

LOCATION

Senegal 234,000

RELIGION

Islam: 69%
Born-Again Believers: .02%

SEE THE VIDEO:
http://linkupafrica.com/media-gallery/detail/70/1115

The Safi are part of the larger Cangin people groups, originally all speaking one language. For various reasons, over the centuries they divided and went different ways and now have distinct, separate languages. The Safi are an agricultural people living in the west of Senegal, southwest of and near Thies and the coast.

ASSESSMENT

Christianity was introduced to the Safi by the Roman Catholic in Popenguine, Senegal in 1824 and today they make up 20% of the population. Each year Safi from all over Senegal make a pilgrimage to Popenguine, where it is believed that the spirit of Mary will appear, but in the last 50 years the tribe has become largely Muslim.

Spiritually, most Safi who practice either Islam or Catholicism also retain many of their traditional animistic beliefs. It is these beliefs that need to be challenged with the Gospel. The Safi need to have an encounter with the living Lord, rather than another set of rules to follow. They will need to be convinced that Jesus is more powerful before they will change allegiance to animism.

APPEAL

It was my privilege to spend one day visiting a Safi family in the city, who also took me to their village. The villagers received me graciously, giving a tour of their community and sharing food and fellowship. I was impressed at how approachable they were. I thought, “How is it that an open society like the Safi, just an hour’s drive from the capital city of Dakar, Senegal, has so little evangelical witness?”

One church was being constructed in a Safi town following the showing of the JESUS film and an evangelistic open-air meeting.  Public witness and constructing of church buildings is permitted by the moderate Islamic government of Senegal.  A group of Pentecostal messengers from outside the region have a large compound near a Safi village. One of the messengers has married a local Safi believer. It is evident that the spiritual soil has been ploughed and things are in place for a major gospel advance among the Safi.

Believers from Senegal, and from other areas too, are needed to seize the opportunity to gather thousands of Safi into the Kingdom of God. The words of Jesus in Revelation 3:8 apply to all of us today, "I have placed before you an open door that no one can shut." By God's grace, let us step through it!

REMEMBER TO PRAY!
Pray for the Safi Tribe

1. Experience an encounter with the living Lord,
2. Thank God for their openness to hear the gospel,
3. Messengers to seize the opportunity to introduce the Safi to Jesus, the Saviour.

Prayer Promise

"The day of the Lord is near for all nations" (Obadiah 1:15).

MORE INFORMATION: www.linkupafrica.com

 

 

 

Remember: SENT ONES 

Memory verse: John 20:21
"Peace be with you! As the Father has sent me, I am sending you."

1. God sends messengers to preach the gospel. 
2. I will volunteer to be God's messenger.
3. "Lord, I am yours to command. Just give me my orders."

Pray for the Safi Tribe.

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