Northside Church
Asking For A Friend-Week One
October 6, 2019
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  • Northside Church
    2501 N College Rd, Wilmington, NC 28405, USA
    Sunday 8:00 AM, Sunday 9:30 AM, Sunday 11:00 AM
“ASKING FOR A FRIEND”
1 Corinthians 10:31-33

I. Four Goals
•To see people come to Christ from the preaching of His truth, as they see in us that they can TRUST God, that He is not out to harm them, but to save them.

•To expand your awareness of the complexity of these issues and provide you with more than a simple yes or no answer, but the expansive knowledge and wisdom to improve your ability to relate to and reach those who struggle with them.

•To inspire you to grow in the maturity needed to engage with hard to reach people who need the evidence and witness of a faithful believer in their life.

•To invite you to engage with us on a much deeper level of commitment and giving so that we may more effectively reach those to whom God has entrusted to us in our generation.

II. One Purpose – to reach the lost so they may be saved
1 Corinthians 9:19–23 . . . For though I am free from all men, I have made myself a servant to all, that I might win the more; 20 and to the Jews I became as a Jew, that I might win Jews; to those who are under the law, as under the law, that I might win those who are under the law; 21 to those who are without law, as without law (not being without law toward God, but under law toward Christ), that I might win those who are without law; 22 to the weak I became as weak, that I might win the weak. I have become all things to all men, that I might by all means save some. 23 Now this I do for the gospel’s sake, that I may be partaker of it WITH YOU.

III. Four parameters
1 Corinthians 10:31–33 . . . Therefore, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God. 32 Give no offense, either to the Jews or to the Greeks or to the church of God, 33 just as I also please all men in all things, not seeking my own profit, but the profit of many, that they may be saved.

IV. Five principles

1. These are not matters of Salvation

• We were lost before we sinned

Romans 3:23 . . . for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God.

• And we are still saved after we sin

1 John 2:1–2 . . . My little children, these things I write to you, so that you may not sin. And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous. 2 And He Himself is the propitiation for our sins, and not for ours only but also for the whole world.

2. These are serious matters of Representation

2 Corinthians 5:18–20 . . . Now all things are of God, who has reconciled us to Himself through Jesus Christ, and has given us the ministry of reconciliation, 19 that is, that God was in Christ reconciling the world to Himself, not imputing their trespasses to them, and has committed to us the word of reconciliation. 20 Now then, we are ambassadors for Christ, as though God were pleading through us: we implore youon Christ’s behalf, be reconciled to God.

3. We are accountable for our influence on others

Ezekiel 33:8 . . . When I say to the wicked, ‘O wicked man, you shall surely die!’ andyou do not speak to warn the wicked from his way, that wicked man shall die in his iniquity; but his blood I will require at your hand.

Hebrews 13:17 . . . Obey those who rule over you, and be submissive, for they watch out for your souls, as those who must give account. Let them do so with joy and not with grief, for that would be unprofitable for you.

James 3:1 . . . My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.

4. We must source from the scriptures not from our opinions

Mark 7:6–8, & 13 . . . He answered and said to them, “Well did Isaiah prophesy of youhypocrites, as it is written: ‘This people honors Me with their lips, But their heart is far from Me. 7 And in vain they worship Me, Teaching as doctrines the commandments of men.’ 8 For laying aside the commandment of God, you hold the tradition of men—the washing of pitchers and cups, and many other such things you do. . . ” 13 making the word of God of no effect through your tradition which you have handed down. And many such things you do.”

5. These are matters of Maturity and people mature at different rates

Romans 15:1–3 . . . We then who are strong ought to bear with the scruples of the weak, and not to please ourselves. 2 Let each of us please his neighbor for his good, leading to edification. 3 For even Christ did not please Himself; but as it is written,“The reproaches of those who reproached You fell on Me.”