Why Missions Why Haiti
Small Group Discussion Guide
Sermon Summary
This message surrounded a 14 minute video of testimonies from volunteer missionaries who have traveled to the country of Haiti to do mission work in an orphanage and the community where the orphanage is located. The orphanage is located in Calabasse, about a two hour drive up the mountain from the capital of Port Au Prince. Surrounding this message, Bro. Larry spoke of why we do missions. He stated that God Himself was the first missionary as He sought to redeem human kind after its fall and separation from God in the Garden of Eden. We hope to make the video available on the web this week.

Discussion Guide
1. Have you ever been, or thought about going on a mission trip to a developing world country? Have you ever been on a mission trip in the U.S. or locally? Tell us why you went or why you would like to go on a mission trip.

2. Bro. Larry mentioned how vital it is for the church to be involved in missions at home and abroad. Why do you think Jesus was so adamant about His disciples being involved in sharing His message at home and even to the furtherest parts of the earth?
8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV)

3. In the verses known as the Great Commission, Jesus tell His disciples as they live their lives to be on mission. The mission was to make disciples, baptize them and teach them to obey the teachings of Christ. Do you believe this is still a valid mission for the church today? Why or why not?
Matthew 28:18 Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me. (NIV)
Matthew 28:19 Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, (NIV)
2 Matthew 28:20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” (NIV)

4. The mission and purpose statements of Northshore Church are based on the Great Commission and the Great Commandments. Our Purpose statement: It is our purpose to see the One who gave Himself for us exalted and the ones He gave His life for transformed!” Our mission statement: Transforming worship, people and the world!
You’ve read the Great Commission above. Below are the great commandments. How should these statements and their supporting Scriptures effect the mission of our individual lives? Explain.
Mark 12:30  Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.'
Mark 12:31  The second is this: 'Love your neighbor as yourself.' There is no commandment greater than these."

Sermon notes

Why Missions?
Why Haiti?

16Then the eleven disciples went to Galilee, to the mountain where Jesus had told them to go.
Matthew 28:16 (NIV)

17When they saw him, they worshiped him; but some doubted.
Matthew 28:17 (NIV)

18Then Jesus came to them and said, “All authority in heaven and on earth has been given to me.
Matthew 28:18 (NIV)

19Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit,
Matthew 28:19 (NIV)

20and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.”
Matthew 28:20 (NIV)

6So when they met together, they asked him, “Lord, are you at this time going to restore the kingdom to Israel?”
Acts 1:6 (NIV)

7He said to them: “It is not for you to know the times or dates the Father has set by his own authority.
Acts 1:7 (NIV)

8But you will receive power when the Holy Spirit comes on you; and you will be my witnesses in Jerusalem, and in all Judea and Samaria, and to the ends of the earth.”
Acts 1:8 (NIV)

9After he said this, he was taken up before their very eyes, and a cloud hid him from their sight.
Acts 1:9 (NIV)

10They were looking intently up into the sky as he was going, when suddenly two men dressed in white stood beside them.
Acts 1:10 (NIV)

11“Men of Galilee,” they said, “why do you stand here looking into the sky? This same Jesus, who has been taken from you into heaven, will come back in the same way you have seen him go into heaven.”
Acts 1:11 (NIV)