Ambassador Resources

Ambassador Resources

Week One Focus

An AMBASSADOR of Christ ACCEPTS the MISSION

Let’s jump in.  With all the change and turmoil in the world around us, we believe our mission to live as Ambassadors of Christ is more critical than ever.  For those who are followers of Jesus, we want to build and leave a Gospel-Centered legacy by living our lives on-mission.  But first, we must understand the mission.


Sermon Questions
  1. When you hear the word “ambassador,” what comes to mind? 

  2. What is one thing you have that you know is all from God? 

  3. Talk about the huge honor/responsibility you have as an ambassador of Christ.

  4. Are you reconciled to God? If not, why not take that step now?

Scripture:

Please read 2 Corinthians 5:14-21 and Mark 12:28-31

Reflection:

These passages capture the essence of the mission of God and His Gospel described throughout the Scriptures, and can be summed up this way: 

Love God. Love Your Neighbors. Point people to Jesus.  

Compelled by God’s love for us in Christ, and as those reconciled to God through Christ, we have therefore been given a mission of loving God and loving others.  Or to put it another way, as Ambassadors of Christ, we love God by loving others.  Although it is possible to love others without loving God, we cannot love God without loving others.  Therefore, as Ambassadors who have been given the ministry and message of reconciliation, loving others is how we participate in the Gospel of God to reconcile people to God - a God who has reconciled us to Himself through His One and Only Son, Jesus! 

Love Your Neighbor

When it comes to loving others, it helps to be specific.  In their book, The Art of Neighboring, Jay Pathak and Dave Runyon put it this way:

"If we say, "Everyone is my neighbor," it can become an excuse for avoiding the implications of following the Great Commandment...We don't have to feel guilty, we tell ourselves. After all, we can't be expected to really love everybody, can we?...The problem is, however, that when we aim for everything, we hit nothing. So when we insist we're neighbors with everybody, often we end up being neighbors to nobody."

Next week we will specifically focus on the question, Who is my neighbor?  In the meantime, we want to start by focusing on being an Ambassador to the people who live right around us...our proximate neighbors.  Who are your neighbors?   How would you describe your neighborhood?  How well do you know the people who live next to/near you?  

Before we can love our neighbors, we have to know who they are.

What to do?

Each week we will provide recommendations and resources for how to live missionally and intentionally as an Ambassador of Christ.  Although there are many other excellent resources available, we hope these recommended activities will spark even more creative ways for you to live missionally in the coming days.  

  1. Make a map of your neighborhood or apartment complex. Draw it yourself, or use the “Block Map” tool here (ArtofNeighboring.com/resources).  Who do you know?  Are there neighbors you haven’t met yet?  Write down as many of the names of neighbors you know.  

  2. Identify 3-5 specific neighbors whose names you do not know.  Simply introduce yourself, or create a new account using this tool (BlessEveryHome.com) for a little help.

  3. Pray specifically for your neighbors (by name) and your neighborhood using one of the tools above.  If possible, consider “Prayer Walking” or “Prayer Driving” your neighborhood for the next few weeks.  For help, try using this Prayer Walking Guide.

How to pray:
  • Ask God to open doors to build relationships. 

  • Ask God for eyes to see your neighbors the way He does, and for opportunities to serve them. 

  • Ask God to identify for you which neighbors to begin reaching out to.

  • Also, think about the people you regularly interact with in your neighborhood or building who don’t live there: postal workers, delivery drivers, trash collectors, landscapers, building owners, lifeguards, etc.

Going Deeper:

Each week we will also be providing additional resources, including articles, books, websites and studies, you may want to consider either during or after our Ambassador focus.