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Life On Mission 2

John 17:18 Msg In the same way that you gave me a mission in the world, I give them a mission in the world.

I’m asking four things of everybody:

1. Be here. 

2. Get in a connect group.  

3. Involve your family. 

4. Be open to how God is going to speak to you.

One Thing to Know: Our mission requires that we seek out and develop relationships with people.

There is the possibility that we are not connecting with anybody right now in our lives-that our life strategy is huddle and hide.

The other problem we have is that we get sidetracked by life from fulfilling our mission.

Luke 25:1-2 The tax collectors and the sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus, but the Pharisees and the teachers of the law, (the Bible thumpers) muttered, 'This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.' 

Matthew 9:9 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth.

Luke 18:10-14 “Two men went up to the temple to pray, one a Pharisee and the other a tax collector. The Pharisee stood by himself and prayed: ‘God, I thank you that I am not like other people—robbers, evildoers, adulterers—or even like this tax collector. I fast twice a week and give a tenth of all I get.’

“But the tax collector stood at a distance. He would not even look up to heaven, but beat his breast and said, ‘God, have mercy on me, a sinner.’

“I tell you that this man, rather than the other, went home justified before God.

The tax collector knew he needed God.

The farther a person is away from God, the more they realize they need Him.

Jesus was saying that His goal was not to create churches that become fortresses where people come and hang out and get away from the world; His goal was to go take grace to the people who need it. 

Luke 14:16-24 Jesus replied: “A certain man was preparing a great banquet and invited many guests. At the time of the banquet he sent his servant to tell those who had been invited, ‘Come, for everything is now ready.’

“But they all alike began to make excuses. “The servant came back and reported this to his master. Then the owner of the house became angry and ordered his servant, ‘Go out quickly into the streets and alleys of the town and bring in the poor, the crippled, the blind and the lame.’

“‘Sir,’ the servant said, ‘what you ordered has been done, but there is still room.’

“Then the master told his servant, ‘Go out to the roads and country lanes and compel them to come in, so that my house will be full. I tell you, not one of those who were invited will get a taste 

The people who are going to miss out are the people that think they're healthy.

The average Christian, after just a few years of being a Christian, doesn't even have any non-Christian friends anymore.

I have to make an effort to put myself around people who don’t have Jesus.

One Thing To Do (this week): From the people in your hood, connect with the people around you.

The word "witness" in scripture is almost always a noun, not a verb because a witness is who you are, not something you do. It's who you are.

Connecting may mean that you're going to be called to some people that are going to make you a little bit uncomfortable.

Lunch Connect Questions:

1. What stood out to you from today's message?