They probably said: "Yeah, we've heard that, love our neighbors" We remember, when you answered the religious big shots with the parable of the Good Samaritan...Jesus said, no as I have loved you. (Andy Stanley - good job of illustrating this)
SIDE NOTE: Men's Study (1st Sat. of Month) - Jesus' parables
•(Picture from home) ...follow me...imitate me...I've shown you how to love others
•Jesus set the standard: for his disciples calling it a "New Commandment" adding "like I loved you"
Why is it that so many outsiders won’t even consider going to church, let alone join one?
Skeptical, have been hurt before, etc.
•If we want outsiders to become insiders ... We need to be willing to go to them not only ask them to come to us
•Bring the gospel to outsides by leveraging love – God’s love toward them
•They (Outsiders) already feel judged, they don’t need us to pile on. The World is a tough, mean place already.
We want Outsiders to become insiders so they can open their hearts to Jesus Christ why?
...Because we know he has the power to:
•Heal marriages - Change lives
•Restore children and parent relationships
•Give meaning and purpose to lives
•To experience freedom through the deep love of God
We have the cure!!
We need to pray for Outsiders to come in to our lives, so we can show them God's love: INSIDERS -slide
There are two major categories of Persons of Peace – some are Persons of Peace by nature, and some become Persons of Peace as a result of God’s direct intervention in their families or communities. There are numerous examples of both in the Bible.
-The Philippian jailer and the Samaritan woman at the well are examples of those who became Persons of Peace through God’s direct intervention.
-Cornelius and Lydia are representatives of the “Person of Peace by nature” category.
-People who God wants to use here at FCC! (person of peace by nature)
Pray, have your spiritual eyes open, be bold enough to invite, etc.!
**Take-Away: Expect God to bring outsiders, so we can love them as insiders