I wanted to take this time to tell you that I am grateful to be your pastor. It is an honor to be able to pray for you, lead you and to preach and teach the Bible to you. I am looking forward to doing more of this in 2016.
Here are some announcements:
- FaithPoint Men, we will be meeting for our book discussion tonight. We will meet at the Wendy’s in front of Target at 7:00. I look forward to seeing you there.
- Tomorrow is first Wednesday. Our theme for our fellowship is Italian. We look forward to all of the tasty dishes that are going to be served tomorrow during our Wednesday gathering. We will continue the video series we are in with Andy Stanley.
- Sunday is going to be FaithPoint Football Sunday. We are going to kick things off with a tailgate breakfast at 9:30. Wear your favorite high school, college, or NFL team swag. We will begin our service at 10:30.
Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from Luke 10. The title of this sermon is: Your Person of Peace.
Have you ever gone to a person’s house and they acted like you were not welcome? Have you ever gone to a restaurant and the person working acted like they didn’t like their job? They didn’t want to be there and they definitely did not want to serve you?
People make or break your opinion of a store or restaurant. When you have bad service, you may or may not go back and give the restaurant another chance. If you have bad service on more than one occasion, you may just not want to go back.
Now if you go to a store or a restaurant and you have exceptional service, or you have a person that helps you with what you need – they seem to like their job, they seem happy to serve you, they make sure that they do whatever they can to ensure that you have a pleasant visit – they make you want to go back. Sometimes, you go to a store or a restaurant and the person treated you so well that you ask for that person on your next visit. A person like that is your person of peace.
Luke 9:62 – 10:12
Look at what Jesus says in Luke 9:62. You can’t plow a straight line if you are constantly looking behind you. This person is not fit for the kingdom of God. The person that constantly wants to live or think about the past or that is easily distracted is not fit for the kingdom of God. They have no focus. They can’t move forward because they are moving backwards or sideways.
This is like the saying: “Men are like trucks. the more weight you put on them, the straighter they drive.” When a person is focused on their task, goal, mission – they become intentional. They move straight. They move forward in the direction of their task, goal or mission.
Luke 10:1 Jesus sent out disciples two by two. Jesus is the one that gave the idea to Noah.
Luke 10:2 The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. There are plenty of people that Jesus wants to be part of his flock but nobody wants to go out and get them. Is there anybody that wants to be obedient? Is there anyone who wants to be holy? Jesus tells them to pray earnestly to the Lord of the Harvest to send out laborers. Jesus tells his disciples to fall on their face and pray that the Lord would send out workers.
Luke 10:3 Jesus tells the disciples to pray and then he turns around and sends the disciples out on their mission. They are the answer to their own prayers.
They weren’t praying for Jesus to send someone else. They were praying for themselves to be more obedient. They were praying that they would answer the call that Jesus had given them and they would accomplish the work that they were given by Jesus.
Have you ever prayed that for yourself? If you have, you will notice that the Holy Spirit urges you and provokes you to live in righteousness. He urges you or gives you the desire to want to obey Jesus. If you haven’t – are you scared? Scared? Jesus told us to not fear anything. That was a commandment. Which means if you are scared, you are both in sin and disobedient.
Here is Jesus strategy implementation for making disciples:
Luke 10:4 Jesus removes everything that they may need. Uncomfortable? Very. He wants them to be dependent on him and him alone.
Greet no one on the road – You don’t have time to waste or engage in shallow and meaningless conversations. You must remain focused on the mission at hand.
Luke 10:5-9 You will either encounter a person of peace or you will encounter a person that is hostile.
If you encounter a hostile person, do not finish the conversation. Leave. There is no reason to try and continue a conversation with a person that is a know-it-all, a hostile person, standoffish, a person that thinks they know the Bible better than you do, a person that has so many degrees that they have no personality, or a person that is just not interested in having a conversation about Jesus or the gospel. Leave. Don’t force it. It will go nowhere.
You are looking for a person of peace. Here is how you identify a person of peace:
- They welcome you – they invite you into their life, into their house
- They genuinely receive you – they are glad that you are there
- They serve you – they are hospitable
- You intentionally invest in them, pour your life into them
- They are a gatekeeper – they open doorways into their network of relationships
How do you find a person of peace?
- Identify who you most would like to see come to know Jesus
- If you feel that it is a specific group – hip hop dudes, rednecks, bikers, cosplayers and comic book people, fitness people, muscle car dudes, single moms, single people, people in jail, families with small kids, teachers – then God is clearly calling you to that group and you will find your person of peace within the context of that group
The idea is that you are not influenced or distracted by the group you are called to reach.
- They like you and you like them
- Jesus has molded and shaped you to best reach what person or what group of people
- Who already responds positively to you
Luke 10:9 The kingdom of God has come near to you
God is working in and through conversations to reach them
God is calling the person to a new work
God wants them to be saved
God wants them to introduce their friends and family to you
When God is working it will be noticeable and undeniable.
You have to be a person of peace to find a person of peace.
Who is Jesus telling you is your person of peace?
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