Life with People (Part 2)
Topic: Sunday Message Verse: John 10:10, John 13:34–13:35, John 3:16, Mark 5:18–5:20, Matthew 5:14–5:16, John 3:18, 1 Peter 2:12,
A seven-week series about entering into and experiencing more of the LIFE that only Jesus gives
John 10:10 NIV
10 The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full.
A Model for Experiencing More LIFE
LIFE with Jesus
LIFE with People
LIFE with Purpose
Once we enter into Capital L LIFE by knowing Jesus personally as our Savior, we experience even more of that LIFE by following Him fully as our Lord. For every Christian, the pursuit of more LIFE begins at the core--we start with Jesus and we stay with Jesus as the center of our life. Then as we build upon our “LIFE with Jesus,” it transforms our “LIFE with People.” Then as we're loving God and loving people, our “LIFE with Purpose” begins to take shape and Jesus leads us to live for something bigger than ourselves.
Review: LIFE with Jesus
1) Glorify Jesus in everything
To glorify means to honor and to worship Jesus in everything we say and do. There is absolutely nothing in our lives that is off limits to Him. Motivated by grace and gratitude, we live to glorify Jesus every hour of our week and every area of our lives (168).
2) Grow as a Jesus-follower
For Christians who have entered into LIFE with Jesus, we are called to follow Jesus as His disciples the ultimate goal of becoming more and more like Him in our everyday lives. Empowered by the Holy Spirit within us, growth happens when we learn more and obey better.
LIFE with People
We were never meant to go through life alone. LIFE with Jesus empowers our LIFE with people and transforms our relationships.
LIFE with People, part one: Connect with Other Christians
Last week we saw that to experience even more of the full LIFE that Jesus has for us, we need to forge genuine, relational connections with other Christians. This is not only for our own good but also for the good of others in the church, where our LIFE with Jesus within us flows back and forth between us.
John 13:34-35 NIV
34 “A new command I give you: Love one another. As I have loved you, so you must love one another. 35 By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”
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John 3:16 NIV
16 For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
Why Not LIFE for Everyone?
You would think that everyone would want to experience this same LIFE in Jesus that we enjoy. After all who isn’t looking for a peace that prevails? Who isn’t longing for a purpose that fulfills? And who isn’t craving a love that endures? But as we know, not everyone knows Jesus personally as their Savior and has not yet entered into LIFE with Him.
The Barrier of Jesus
Jesus and His original apostles actually taught that for some people (because of their stubborn pride and willful self-reliance), Jesus Himself is the obstacle to LIFE. He is “the stone that causes people stumble and the rock that makes them fall,” meaning that some people reject Jesus simply because they’re too proud to accept the charity of His grace.
The Barrier of the Church
Sometimes though the barrier isn't Jesus, it's us His Church. We are the stone that causes people to stumble and turns people away from Jesus. This is seen in the "Drift & Distrust Cycle," where the Church drifts from the Gospel and then the Culture in turn distrusts the church. The more this cycle continues, the bigger the barrier becomes.
The Church drifts from the Gospel when it:
1) Proclaims an insignificant message (something other than the Good News of LIFE in Jesus become more important).
2) Practices an inconsistent faith (the church doesn't walk their talk and lives hypocritically instead).
LIFE with People, part two: Invite People to Jesus
When we think about our LIFE with People, we're called to not only “Connect with other Christians,” but also “Invite People to Jesus” in the truest and fullest sense of the word, “invite.” When the church is at its best, we become sign-posts (not stumbling blocks) that point people to the LIFE God created them enjoy and the LIFE Jesus made possible for them to experience.
1) An Inviting Church Shares Good News
Sharing good news is also what's called "evangelism," but not as we might think. Evangelism is a word rooted in the idea of “proclaiming good news” of Jesus and His Kingdom. So evangelism is not about a sale to close, an argument to win, or a person to convert. It's about a story to share. True spiritual conversion is God's job. Our job is genuine spiritual conversation. Everyone who experiences LIFE in Jesus has a story to share. God puts the right people at the right time on your path to hear your story.
Mark 5:18-20 NIV
18 As Jesus was getting into the boat, the man who had been demon-possessed begged to go with him. 19 Jesus did not let him, but said, “Go home to your own people and tell them how much the Lord has done for you, and how he has had mercy on you.” 20 So the man went away and began to tell in the Decapolis how much Jesus had done for him. And all the people were amazed.
2) An Inviting Church Spreads Good Deeds
Hebrews 10:24 says we are to "spur one another on to love and good deeds"--these acts of goodness, done for others, out of love, with no strings attached, expecting nothing in return. Good deeds, when they’re done well with the right motive, bring attention to God and not ourselves.
Matthew 5:14-16 NIV
14 “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. 15 Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. 16 In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
3) An Inviting Church Lives Good Lives
As followers of Jesus, living good lives is not about “how much we have” (that’s the cultural definition of a “good life”); no, it’s about “how well we love.” A good life is both a compassionate life that cares for others and it's a consistent life that practices what it preaches. In a wearied and skeptical world filled with hollow words and empty promises, God shines through good lives in powerful ways.
1 John 3:18 NIV
18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.
1 Peter 2:12 NIV
12 Live such good lives among the pagans that, though they accuse you of doing wrong, they may see your good deeds and glorify God on the day he visits us.
Inviting the one in your life to LIFE
Pray for them
Care for them
Listen to them
Share with them
Sermon Questions for Discussion - LIFE series
1. Think about a time when you were surprised. Briefly share the details and how it made you feel.
2. How have the LIFE Series and the LIFE Model (LIFE with Jesus, LIFE with People, and LIFE with Pur-pose) impacted you so far? What are some ways you are applying what you’re learning to your life?
3. Take a moment to recall people in your life who do not personally know Jesus as their Savior. What are some of the reasons they give? How have you responded to them?
4. According to Dan, an inviting church shares good news, spreads good deeds, and lives good lives. How do the following verses give examples of these three actions?
Mark 5: 19-20
1 John 3:18
1 Peter 2:12
5. This week, Dan challenged each of us to choose one person we know who has not yet entered into Capital L LIFE with Jesus and do the following:
Pray for them (only God can soften a heart)
Care for them (love them with no strings attached expecting nothing in return)
Listen to them (questions, doubts, fears)
Share with them (your story of how much the Lord has done for you)
Who is your person and what is your plan? Pray together as a group for them.
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