Leaving Circles Of ComfortFebruary 13, 2008
This Sunday we conclude our series on Walk Across The Room. If I were to summarize the series, I would say the key to evangelism is to be available to the Father to introduce His Son to others. To do this we must be open to leaving circles of comfort to extend friendship to outsiders.
Jesus did not mandate this without first modeling this truth. He left the ultimate circle of comfort to walk across timelessness to extend a hand of friendship to us. He was criticized and crucified for engaging sinners, and today we are the recipients of a lifestyle that reaches outward.
Decades from now, seekers will be lost or saved by our response today to the idea of â€œwalking across the room.â€
In Less Than A MinuteFebruary 6, 2008
In Bill Hybel's book, Just Walk Across The Room, he talks about his story and the illustration of a bridge. How do we bridge the gap between God's perfection and our sinfulness?
We'll develop this thought Sunday morning. How would you tell your story? Why are you a person of faith? Can you tell it in less than a minute?
What was your life before and now, after you became a person of faith. How has Christ changed your life?
Series Continues - "Living In 3-D"January 29, 2008
Last week we took a quick peek at I Peter 3:13-16 and how it relates to evangelism. Some have asked for examples, and so this week, as we look at â€œLiving In 3-D,â€ we will examine several examples of what it means to wait to be asked and then be ready with a response.
Hope your small group study is going well and is bringing out some helpful dialogue in our effort to â€œWalk Across The Room.â€
New Series - "Just Walk Across the Room" Begins SundayJanuary 23, 2008
This Sunday we launch a series on Just Walk Across The Room, a look into how we introduce seekers to Jesus. My primary text will be I Peter 3:13-16 that speaks of setting apart Christ as Lord.
The task is not evangelism; it's making Jesus fully the Lord of our lives. Why do we struggle with this? I believe there are three reasons.
First, we are afraid that being evangelistic is getting too spiritual, and that being spiritual will cost us our stuff. We really do have a problem with our gods of comfort and convenience.
Second, we don't want to give up control of any aspect of our lives. â€œI want to call the shots, thank you!â€ â€œYou know what I want to be when I grow up? God!â€ It's human nature to keep control.
Third, we don't want to appear weird. Present me as respectable, solid, and a â€œgo-to guy.â€ If I get too serious about Jesus it will make me appear as a whacked-out freak.
I look forward to studying with you this Sunday morning. Sharing the heart of God is truly one of the great joys of this life!
Jesus does a DTR in Matthew 16January 16, 2008
While working out at the gym a few weeks ago, I overheard two young ladies talking, and one said she had to do a DTR. I thought it was some kind of test and didn't think too much of it until I heard it again in a different setting.
This Sunday I want to explore this DTR â€“ a hip way of putting something of importance into perspective and how it affects us spiritually.
Whatever this DTR is, Jesus did it in Matthew 16:13-18. Good text to read to prepare for the lesson.
Also, beginning this Sunday night, our small groups will undertake the study, "Just Walk Across The Room." For more information about our small group Bible study, contact the church office at 989.835.8559.