The Missional Spirit

The Holy Spirit ignites, fuels and sustains God’s mission on earth.

In fact, the Holy Spirit is essential for mission. Now if that statement is true and if we desire to see God’s mission on earth flourish, then we need to be fully and thoroughly possessed by the Holy Spirit. I want to share two examples of what this looks like and why it is essential for successful mission work.

Mission led and empowered by Holy Spirit

Jesus’ mission and ministry required him to be fully possessed by the Holy Spirit. After being baptized by John the Baptist, the Holy Spirit is seen descending upon Jesus like a dove. 

Two important things happen to Jesus after the Holy Spirit arrives on the scene.

i) “Then the Spirit sent Jesus into the desert... ”

When someone is possessed by the Holy Spirit we can expect they will be sent!

Jesus was sent into the desert. Deserts are an uncomfortable and harsh wilderness that challenges us to the core. We would like to think the Holy Spirit would send people to nice places like an oasis instead of a desert.

Many of our overseas workers are also sent to places that are uncomfortable and challenging. We believe it is the Holy Spirit who is sending them there. The places they go to may feel like a desert but they go knowing they have the spring of living water who is their internal oasis.

ii) “Jesus returned to Galilee in the power of the Spirit, and news about Him spread through all the surrounding district. ”

When the Holy Spirit takes possession of a person supernatural power is released to be influential and as a result the Good News goes viral! This is our prayer for the people we send and support. 

The Holy Spirit is the Spirit of mission. 

The Holy Spirit passionately fills and empowers God’s people so they can be sent and have supernatural power to be influential in the places they serve.

Again Jesus said, Peace be with you!
As the Father has sent me, I am sending you.
And with that he breathed on them and said,
“Receive the Holy Spirit…” - John 20:21-22 (NIV)

Article by Jonny Peterson
Jonny serves as NZBMS Administrator in the Auckland office.

[1] Mark 1:12 (International Children’s Bible)

[2] Luke 4:14 (New American Standard Bible)


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