I want to encourage you with this verse today:
“And I pray that the sharing of your faith may become effective for the full knowledge of every good thing that is in us for the sake of Christ.” Philemon 1:6
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Here are the notes from the sermon on Sunday:
The text for this sermon comes from: 1 Corinthians 9:19-23. The title of this sermon is: Whatever It Takes. This is week 7 in our Superheroes 2 series.
Superheroes are relentless. There is a mission that they have or usually some bad guy or threat that needs to be dealt with. They will do whatever it takes to succeed. They don’t give up and they don’t quit. They are relentless. Why?
If a superhero calls it quits, takes a day off, or taps out, the bad guy wins. They fail. The goal is never achieved.
There is a very important and urgent matter that needs to be discussed. A Christian must by all means be transformed by having their mind renewed by the Word of God. Why?
Your very thoughts can keep you from living the life that God has called you to live. The abundant life is only accessible when you submit your whole life to God. You limit yourself because of the limitations your mind is placing on you.
For example: Have you ever not wanted to talk to a person about Jesus or invite them to church based on what their job was?
Christians reject people who have jobs that do not fit onto their moral scale. You might be fine talking to a woman in the grocery store until you learn that she is a stripper. Then you just shut down inside and want to run away and never see her again?
You will reject a person who is a bartender for a living because they sling bottles of beer or rum and cokes at the same restaurant you go to eat at because you don’t order alcohol.
You won’t talk to a tattoo artist because you are just not into tattoos.
You won’t talk to a barista at a coffee shop because you don’t drink coffee.
How incredibly selfish and pathetic is that?
I believe that a handful of people in this room know someone that is either in an emotional affair with someone who is not their spouse, they might be cheating on their spouse or thinking about it…and you sit there without a word of hope.
Rejecting people that do not fit within your moral framework is not just selfish and stupid it is disobedience.
How can you love your neighbor as yourself while rejecting your neighbor?
Jesus came to save people from all countries, all languages, all races, all educational, cultural and financial backgrounds and he came to save people who do not fit inside of your mental moral framework of right and wrong.
Before we get into our main text, let’s be reminded of what Jesus said in Luke 10:2, “The harvest is plentiful, but the laborers are few. Therefore, pray earnestly to the Lord of the harvest to send out laborers into his harvest.”
1 Corinthians 9:19-23
Here we go.
Paul gives us his strategy for how he built relationships and shared the gospel with as many people as possible. You become relentless.
You do whatever it takes.
- To the Jews, he became as a Jew
- To those who were under the law, he became like one under the law
- To those outside the law, he became like one outside the law
- To the weak he became weak
- He did whatever it took to share the gospel with as many people as possible.
When there is not a direct command from Scripture to be obeyed, we look for principles that can be applied.
We do whatever it takes so that some people might hear the gospel and become followers of Jesus.
If you were a missionary in another country you would have to do things such as:
- Learn a different way to talk
- Eat food that you may not have ever eaten before
- Learn new customs and traditions
- Possibly learn a new language
You can talk to a bartender and order a soda or tea.
You can go to a coffee house and drink a tea or water.
You can talk to a tattoo artist without getting a tattoo.
God has given you likes and dislikes and molded you with a certain type of personality so that you can reach the people that you were meant to reach.
Maybe God is calling you to get outside of your box.
You have to know about superheroes or comic books to talk to a person that works at a comic book store.
You have to know something about cars if you are to talk to a person that sells cars, works on cars, or hot rods cars.
You should know a little bit about phones, tablets, or technology to talk with someone who works for a cell phone company or works with technology for a living.
Your relationship with your family, friends and co-workers is your doorway to share the gospel with them or give them an invite card.
You know what is really easy, giving an invite card to a server, a person who works in the drive thru, or a pizza delivery person.
I have an interesting situation now where because I get to interact with parents everyday when I pick up the boys from school. School is the doorway to a conversation with the parents.
Look at Paul. You have to find the common ground with the other person. You cannot expect them to go out of their way for you.
So what, you might have to learn about something new. You might just find that God is giving you something else to use when you talk to people about Him.
Do it all for the sake of the gospel that you may share with them in its blessings.
Jesus was relentless in His pursuit of you.
You should want to share the gospel with others.
“For I am not ashamed of the gospel, for it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes, to the Jew first and also to the Greek.”
The gospel is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes. Everyone.
As a church in this city, we should be greatly dissatisfied that there are lost people all around us.
We should do whatever it takes so that we can reach the gospel with as many people as possible.
Start with one.
If you have a family, friends, live in a neighborhood, go to the movies or go out to dinner or have a job where you work with other people – you already have your one.
Start with them.
1 John 5:4.
We live by faith. We trust that God will lead us and mature our faith. We also trust that God will go before us preparing the way for us to build that relationship and share the gospel.
Faith is the victory that overcomes the world. Faith will do whatever it takes to rescue those who are in the world.
I challenge you to read these verses every day until the end of September. 1 Corinthians 9:19-23.
We need to get this in us so that we can hold on to it and it becomes a transformational part of our DNA.
Whatever it takes.
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