Sessions

Missed the registration deadline but still interested in taking the class? Email forthenations@austinstone.org to connect with a member of our team.

SESSION 1: MISSIO DEI

God’s heart for the nations from Genesis to Revelation

The mission of God is rooted in the character and purpose of God, the entirety of Scripture — from Genesis to Revelation — is one continuous thread of God’s mission. Our God is the God of all nations, and His purpose is that people from all nations would know and worship Him as such. In the words of John Piper, “Missions exists because worship doesn’t.” All believers have been adopted into God’s family and find their ultimate purpose in being a part of Him accomplishing His purpose.

SESSION 2: GOD’S PASSION FOR HIS GLORY

The God-centeredness of God

God’s highest purpose is His glory. Hear about what it means to glorify God, and how to best do it. Discover the connection between God’s glory, sovereignty, and His mission. Savor the greatness of God and experience the importance of abiding in Christ, fueling the mission of God from the resulting intimacy created.

SESSION 3: A KING & HIS KINGDOM

God’s means for accomplishing His mission

Dive into Scripture and see how God is accomplishing His mission through His people. Explore the Kingdom of God and God’s purposes for it. Learn how you can be a part of the mission of God through the power of prayer.

SESSION 4: CHRONICLES OF MISSION MOVEMENTS

God’s purposes in history

Zoom out and take a broad look at history, from the time of the book of Acts until the 1600’s, and see history in a new light – through the lens of the Kingdom of God moving and expanding! Begin to see history and current events as God drawing all peoples to Himself and fulfilling His mission.

SESSION 5: HALL OF FAITH

Individuals who have moved the mission forward to where we are today

Get to know some of the pioneers of missions who have built the foundation for missions today. From the 1700’s to present day, marvel at the mission of God in history, using broken people like us.

SESSION 6: FACING A TASK UNFINISHED

The current state of the world

Although God has been moving powerfully through history, His mission is not yet complete. Discover what parts of the world have never heard of the good news of Jesus. Learn about the great imbalance of missionaries, funds, and Bible translation among the world’s peoples. Grow to understand what a people group is, and what it means to be unreached.

SESSION 7: MILESTONES

History of Mission at The Austin Stone

Explore the rich history of The Austin Stone engaging in God’s mission and more about the 100 UPG Cooperative. Discover how you can join alongside your local church in the mission of God.

SESSION 8: CHURCH PLANTING MOVEMENTS

The Strategy of Contextualization and Multiplication

Study biblical principles of spiritual multiplication, reproducible methodology, and verifiable movements of God. Explore what discipleship looks like right here and abroad. Hear about how to navigate cultural barriers in sharing the gospel, and how to avoid the pitfalls of syncretism.

SESSION 9: COUNTING THE COST

Suffering, language and cultural acquisition in long-term work

Naming Christ where He is not known comes with great cost. Goers will need to surrender many things: their materialism, comfort, financial security, safety, and expectations. Consider the cost of true language and cultural acquisition, and the importance of enduring long term work to finish the mission of God.

SESSION 10: HOW SHALL THEY HEAR?

How to get involved

Begin a journey of living a life poured into by intimacy with God, and poured out for the glory of God. God’s mission is for everyone; learn opportunities to get involved in God’s mission now!