City On A Hill
Tough Issues: “Serving"
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    1140 Morrison Dr, Fort Worth, TX 76120, USA
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Are you ok? = You good?
You are ok? = You good?
How have you been? = You good?
Did you get enough? = You good?
Stop talking to me = You good?
No need to apologize = You good?
You need some money? = You good?
Luke 10:25-29 - 25 And behold, a lawyer stood up to put him to the test, saying, “Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?”
Understanding
Deut 6:5-9 – 5 You shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your might. 6 And these words that I command you today shall be on your heart. 7 You shall teach them diligently to your children, and shall talk of them when you sit in your house, and when you walk by the way, and when you lie down, and when you rise. 8 You shall bind them as a sign on your hand, and they shall be as frontlets between your eyes. 9 You shall write them on the doorposts of your house and on your gates.

Standing
Luke7:30 - ‘Pharisees and Lawyers rejected the purpose of God’

Luke 10:30-36 - Jesus replied, “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, and he fell among robbers, who stripped him and beat him and departed, leaving him half dead. 31 Now by chance a priest was going down that road, and when he saw him he passed by on the other side. 32 So likewise a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33 But a Samaritan, as he journeyed, came to where he was, and when he saw him, he had compassion. 34 He went to him and bound up his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he set him on his own animal and brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35 And the next day he took out two denarii[c] and gave them to the innkeeper, saying, ‘Take care of him, and whatever more you spend, I will repay you when I come back.’ 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

Jesus asks ‘which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers’? (vs 36)
The lawyer – Who is my neighbor? - who qualifies as a person that I should love?
Jesus – How can I be a neighbor? – how can I show love to those who need it?
Matthew 5:14-16 - in the same way let your light shine before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.
The lawyers answer
Luke 10:36-37 - 36 Which of these three, do you think, proved to be a neighbor to the man who fell among the robbers?”

The Priest and Levite thought “If I stop to help the man, what will happen to me”

The Samaritan thought “If I don’t stop to help this man, what will happen to him”

How is your compassion?
Luke 10:33 – the Samaritan when he saw him had compassion.

Compassion on the lost – the crowd because they were distressed and dejected, like sheep without a shepherd – the lost were his neighbor
Mat 9:36 - When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.

Compassion on the sick – the sick were his neighbor
Mat 14:14 - When he went ashore he saw a great crowd, and he had compassion on them and healed their sick.

Compassion on the hungry – those in need were his neighbor
Mat 15:32 - 32 Then Jesus called his disciples to him and said, “I have compassion on the crowd because they have been with me now three days and have nothing to eat. And I am unwilling to send them away hungry, lest they faint on the way.”

Compassion for the Lonely – the widow – the grieving
Luke 7:12-13 - 12 As he drew near to the gate of the town, behold, a man who had died was being carried out, the only son of his mother, and she was a widow, and a considerable crowd from the town was with her. 13 And when the Lord saw her, he had compassion on her and said to her, “Do not weep.”

Compassion for the imperfect prodigal that had returned
Luke 15:20 - And he arose and came to his father. But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and felt compassion, and ran and embraced him and kissed him
Is there any particular person or group of people that you struggle to have any compassion for?

What practical opportunities do we have to be a neighbor?
1. To the church body

Galatians 6:9 - and let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.
Galatians 5:13-14 - 13 For you were called to freedom, brothers. Only do not use your freedom as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.”

Love one another constantly – 1 Peter 1:22
Accept one another – Romans 15:7
Be Kind to one another – Ephesians 4:32
Forgive one another – Colossians 3:13
Comfort one another – 1 Thessalonians 4:18
Show hospitality to one another – 1 Peter 4:9
Here are some of the ways I see this being lived out at our church
- Life group // Freedom group // Life bible study
- Ministry groups – Hospitality // Sheep dogs // Children’s ministry // Youth ministry // Worship/media // Grounds and Facilities
- Events – VBS // Camps // Retreats

Hebrews 10:24-25 - And let us consider how to stir up one another to love and good works, not neglecting to meet together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another, and all the more as you see the Day drawing near.

A major reason for gathering together, is to equip and encourage one another to scatter and serve others!
1. Local Mission

To the community – goals
- Show up
- Earn the right to be heard
- Replicate God’s forgiveness
- Volunteer generously
- Explain with words

Galatians 6:9 - and let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up. So then, as we have opportunity, let us do good to everyone, and especially to those who are of the household of faith.

Women’s choice recourse center
Meals on Wheels - around 800 meals are delivered to east fort worth
neighbors every week.
Eastside Ministries - In 2017, we served 22,800 individuals, and that number continues to
grow
Basketball church
Police Athletic League
All Stars Chapel - Almost half of all Americans who accept Jesus Christ as their savior do so before reaching the age of 13 (43%), and that two out of three born again Christians (64%) made that commitment to Christ before their 18th birthday.
Global Mission
As a church, we give $43,800 per year to local and international mission
WCRC and local benevolence
Seed Company
IMB (International Mission Board)

2020 report
- 3,565 total field personnel
- 1,209 people groups and urban centers engaged by IMB
- 89,325 new believers
- 18,598 pastoral trainings given
- 33,068 advanced theological trainings given
- 38,866 church planting trainings given
- 12,368 new churches planted
- 47,929 baptisms
- 11,732 people groups globally**
- 3,056 unengaged, unreached people groups

Pais Movement – host conferences, host global apprentices, support Pais Kenya
Compassion International – built school, sponsor almost 500 children, letter write