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19 August 2020 – Midweek Prayer Meeting Guide

“State of the Mission Address”

Isaiah 61:1-3
Luke 4:16-21

Almost 2,000 years ago, the Lord Jesus Christ delivered his one and only version of the SONA, which is fondly called State of the Mission Address (SOMA) where he laid out his missionary agenda. Recorded in Luke 4:16-21, this is also considered his inaugural addressed as he began his earthly mission in his hometown of Nazareth.

The unique feature of his SOMA is that it was a very short, direct-to-the-point speech based on the text from Prophet Isaiah 61:1-3 and a one-sentence annotation of what the re-reading of the prophecy meant during his time. Another unique feature is his term of office as an earthly missionary-teacher-prophet is only three years—relatively short but long enough to create a meaningful transformation of the Jewish society and
the world.