God did not give us a small commission, but a great commission, to go into all the world and preach the good news of Christ’s love and grace. We will do anything short of sin to reach the people who don’t know Christ. To reach the people no one is reaching, we will do things no one is doing.
For those of you who are new, what we’ve been doing is we’ve looking at the Impact of living Jesus and We. Let me refresh you…
Week 1, We are faith-filled, big-thinking, risk takers. We will never insult God with small-thinking or safe- living.
Week 2, We are not spiritual consumers. We are spiritual contributors because the church does not exist for us, but we are the church and we exist for the world.
Week 3, We will lead the way with shared generosity because we truly believe it is more blessed to give than to receive.
Week 4, We will model changed lives, because we know that God is always in the process of shaping us to be like His Son.
“We are the clay, and you are the potter. We all are formed by your hand.” Isaiah 64:8
– By the way the Rams slogan for the Super Bowl was ”We not Me”.
Today, We will extend our lives to the Lost and Live out our Faith so that they may be found.
(I want to talk to you about the value of reaching people who are far from God. Let’s look at Mark 2. Pharisees and other Jewish Leaders, were easily offended. “Why does Jesus eat with ‘such scum’?” Why does he eat with sinners? Look at the text in Mark 2)
EXAMPLE #1, The Religious Folk: Missing the Point
Jesus had just healed a guy, 13 Then Jesus went out to the lakeshore again and taught the crowds that were coming to him. 14 As he walked along, he saw Levi, [or Matthew] son of Alphaeus sitting at his tax collector’s booth. “Follow me and be my disciple,” Jesus said to him. So Levi got up and followed him.
15 Later, Levi invited Jesus and his disciples to his home as dinner guests, along with many tax collectors and other disreputable sinners. (There were many people of this kind among Jesus’ followers.) 16 But when the teachers of religious law who were Pharisees saw him eating with tax collectors and other sinners, they asked his disciples, “Why does he eat with such scum?”…
The Pharisees, the religious people, they are highly offended by this. “Why does Jesus eat with ‘such scum’?” Why does he eat with sinners? Jesus responded. His response was shockingly controversial.
17 When Jesus heard this, he told them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17
? Jesus didn’t come for the healthy, Jesus didn’t come for those who have it all together, Rather Jesus came for those “who know they are sinners.”
That’s what I want to talk to you about today. It’s about people who know they are sinners, reaching people who are lost.
I want to show you a really powerful story about 4 guys in Mark’s gospel:
Okay stay in the same chapter, just go to the 1st verse…
1 When Jesus returned to Capernaum…2 Soon the house where he was staying was so packed with visitors that there was no more room, even outside the door. While he was preaching God’s word to them, 3 four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat. 4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. 5 Seeing their faith, Jesus said to the paralyzed man, “My child, your sins are forgiven.” Mark 2:1-5
- Before Jesus heals, he goes for his biggest need, his spiritual need, and forgives his sins.
[I want to talk to you today about reaching people. Our goal goes like this…]
• We will extend our lives to the Lost and Live out our Faith so that they may be found. TO REACH PEOPLE NO ONE IS REACHING, WE’LL DO THINGS NO ONE IS DOING.
[I want to ask you how true this is for your life. Just like in the previous 4 weeks, I asked you to rate yourself on a scale of 1 to 10, 1 being the lowest, 10 being the highest, 1 being you’re apathetic about people far God, 10 being you’re super passionate about it. How are you about Sharing your Faith?]
DO YOU HAVE LOVE FOR PEOPLE WITHOUT CHRIST?
Apathetic 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 Passionate
[Don’t put 10, unless Billy Graham is here today or my Dad, Jerry With. Those guys shared their faith with everyone always…Conversely don’t put 1 unless your best friends are Demons. Okay were left with 2-9
I want you to kind of rank yourself. Let’s start with “really passionate about the Lost” because some of you are. You’re going to be a 7, 8…maybe 9. You’ve probably led someone to Christ this year or moved a person down the line towards salvation. You’ve probably led multiple people to Christ over your lifetime. In the last 7 days, you are praying for people by name. People you love who are far from God, you are praying for them.
Let’s talk to some that might be on the lower end of the spectrum. Some of you would say, “Maybe I’ve never done that before because I don’t get it!!” Those of you who are Christians, if you haven’t shared your faith with family or friends or you don’t know how to… 2, 3, 4, 5 or so, let’s just say, as followers of Christ, we have to have a passion to bring people to Jesus because we know who he is and what his life really means. So we want to introduce others to Jesus.]
REACHING PEOPLE WITH THE LOVE OF CHRIST
[What I want to do in the rest of the time is I’m going to show you 2 big IDEAS that I believe all of us who are Christ followers are called to do in order to love people into a relationship with Jesus.]
1. SHARE EACH OTHER’S BURDENS
2 Share each other’s burdens, and in this way obey the law of Christ. 3 If you think you are too important to help someone, you are only fooling yourself. You are not that important. Galatians 6:2-3
The first thing is that I believe God calls all of us who are Jesus followers to share others burdens, to care for those who are in a place of hurt or in need in their lives. In fact, this is exactly what happens in verse 3, ”four men arrived carrying a paralyzed man on a mat.”
[Now, what I want you to notice is they didn’t just say, “Hey, guys, I heard Jesus is going to be doing a big concert in town. You ought to get a ticket and get a cab.” They didn’t do that. What they did is they got involved in his life and said, “Man, we’re going to get you there. If we have to carry you, it may be 5 miles, it maybe I don’t know how far it is, but we don’t just want to get you to Jesus, we have to get you to Jesus. We care about you enough to do this.”
You say, “I don’t even know enough to share my faith.” I like the saying…
- People don’t care how much you know until they know how much you care. They want to know, “Do you care about me? Are you involved in my life?”]
[We, as followers of Jesus, we’re going to share some troubles. We’re going to carry them.]
? We are going to extend our lives to them. That’s what I like about these 4 guys, they carried their friend to Jesus.
[What’s stunning to me is to think about the picture. Jesus is in this house, and he’s teaching. It’s so full of people. They’re jam-packed in here. They’re listening, and these 4 guys come. They’re trying to get in the house, but they can’t get in because it’s so full of these people listening to Jesus.
- People are hurting, and we’re there with them.
- When they’re crying, we’re crying with them.
- When they have a baby, we’re at the shower.
- When their mom dies, we don’t just say, “I’m sorry your mom died.” We’re there at the funeral and we’re there with the people.
- When they’re in need, we bear some burdens, and then we earn the right to be heard.
- We care about people and show them the Lord’s love]
[I don’t know how this will play out for you, but I guarantee all of you that, if you have eyes to see, you’re going to see people who are hurting and you’re going to see people who need you to listen and you’re going to see people that need help on the side of the road and you’re going to see people at work that you didn’t like and, suddenly, you find out that they’re actually in the middle of hell and that you can love them into a better place.]
I believe that God calls of us to share others burdens, four men carried their friend to Jesus, he was saved and healed…let’s do the same.
2. BREAK SOME RULES
4 They couldn’t bring him to Jesus because of the crowd, so they dug a hole through the roof above his head. Then they lowered the man on his mat, right down in front of Jesus. Mark 2:4
[The second thing, some of you are going to like this one, God is going to call us to break some rules. Some of you are going to get into this message sometimes. I don’t know when. Break the rules is a good place to do it because, a lot of you, you love to break the rules. I loved to break the rules, man. I never liked rules. I loved to break rules. I’ll be honest with you. Get honest.]
- I never waited 30 minutes after eating before going swimming in my whole life. I broke the rules.
- I ran with scissors and with a lollipop in my mouth.
- I played ball in house, and maybe broke a window or two.
- I played rock fights with my friends in the new construction areas
…Some of you know how to explain that right there, right? I loved to break rules.]
In this story, we see, four guys who massively break some rules to do whatever it takes. We will extend our lives to reach people who don’t know Christ…“so they dug a hole through the roof”
[Here’s what these four guys did. Since they couldn’t get their buddy to Jesus because of the crowd they made an opening in the roof above Jesus by digging and dropping all kinds of crude on Jesus and His followers]
Sometimes, you have to dig through a little manure to get somebody to Jesus. You can imagine this, they’re digging through and then they’re in the house and, suddenly, the roof starts falling in the house. The owner is, like, “I don’t think insurance is going to cover this one,” and light comes in, and then you got these four guys who have to get their friend to Jesus.
On hearing this, Jesus said to them, “Healthy people don’t need a doctor—sick people do. I have come to call not those who think they are righteous, but those who know they are sinners.” Mark 2:17]
- Who do you know that needs Christ? What can you do to share the good news of Christ’s love with others?
[What I love about this is these are guys who are not taking obstacles as a sign that God’s stopping them. We’re going to bust through barriers. We’re going to break rules.]
• [ We’re going to do whatever it takes to get people to Jesus. Then we have a church full of people that are crazy like this. I mean, I heard story after story after story about how God is using different people to aggressively bring people to Christ. ]
3. SOUP, SOAP AND SALVATION
42 Give to those who ask, and don’t turn away from those who want to borrow.
[Reaching Others…William Booth was greatly stirred by the needs of the poor of London, and realized that most churches were doing nothing to reach the “undesirables”—drunkards, morphine addicts, prostitutes, and the poor. He set out to reach them with what he called the 3 S’s: soup, soap and salvation. Thousands were saved among those that most churches had no interest in reaching. Booth gave his life for the cause of reaching others.]
[Impact’s outreach might not be “soup, soap and salvation,” but what we have great outreach…let’s keep it up…come up with some new ideas… How do we bring more people to Christ?
- To reach people no one’s reaching, we’re going to have to do things no one’s doing. We’re going to do some things that maybe normal churches don’t do, and we’re going to do them a lot.
- “I am the light of the world.” – Jesus Let’s bring this light to those in the dark… but how can we do it?… Church, let’s model Christ and bring health, light, love, etc. to the who are sick, in the dark and without love…who can do it…we can!!!
- When you know, by grace we are saved, how do we extend that to the lost and dying?
Here’s a thought… We will extend our lives to the Lost and Live out our Faith so that they may be found. To Reach People no one is Reaching, We’ll do things no one is Doing.
Father, I pray that your spirit would do a work in our church, that we would be lit on fire with the love for people who are far from God, not with a judgmental attitude, but a heart that breaks and recognizes that Jesus came for sinners. Father, you know that I am a sinner saved by grace, please give your strength and your passion, to share your grace with those trapped in the dark. Father, help us to model your Son and bring your light to the darkness. Please help us really reach people who are lose. We love you and are incredibly thankful that you found us. Amen.