North Anderson Baptist Church
Live Like Jesus
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  • North Anderson Baptist Church
    2308 N Main St, Anderson, SC 29621, United States
    Sunday 10:30 AM
Last week we received 61 cards with names of those whom you have chosen as your ONE. I am so very thankful that each of you who turned in a card are now praying for your ONE. On the screen is the way you can go to the church’s website to find the daily devotions for you. That devotion will give you the scripture to read and the devotion to go with it and then the prayer you can make personal for your ONE. You will also find on the bulletin information that Diana has given us to find the devotion as well. She will send out the scripture and devotion too. I thank Brian and Diana for all their hard work helping us with this special emphasis.
Today, we are going to look at a new thought entitled “Live Like Jesus.”
If you talk to anyone who sees Clint and April and the boys, they will tell you that Clint and April look a lot like brother and sister and 4 out of the 5 boys look just like Clint. Now to be honest we don’t know where Mica came from. He is blonde and light skinned and both Clint and April have a more olive complexion with dark hair and the other four boys have darker complexion too and they all have dark hair. They truly resemble their father a lot. But Mica, not so much. Family resemblance is something we see a lot in families. I have had people comment that both Erica and Clint look like me but I see so much of Lynda in them both.

One thing for sure, God desires for us to look like Jesus. No, we can’t physically “look” like Him, that is not possible, but we are to be like Him, act like Him, have the same heart He has and much more. We are to “Live Like Jesus.” God desires for us to resemble our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, with all that we are and do, with our hearts, with our attitudes, and with our actions.

The night before He went to the cross, as Jesus met with His disciples in the upper room, He washed their feet. John 13:12-15 tells us after that Jesus sat down and said:
What should Jesus’ followers be like? They should...

1. See What Jesus Sees

God is looking for disciples who will be obedient and follow Him by living the life that Jesus lived. By the time this scripture above was experienced, the disciples had been with Jesus almost two to three years. You would think by that time they would have truly understood what Jesus wanted from those who followed Him. They didn’t. They were just arguing before the meal, who was the greatest. Jesus wanted these men to watch Him that night and begin to see, feel and desire to be a true follower of Christ, one who would emulate the Savior, someone who would be like Him, love like Him and follow through with the plans He had set in motion. Right then they just did not understand, but they would soon be transformed into Spirit-filled disciples that would turn the world upside down. They could not do what Jesus wanted until they were filled with the Holy Spirit. That kind of transformation would come to thousands yet millions of followers in the future. Has it come to you?
One of the great examples of this transformation was a girl by the name of Lottie. “In 1858, Lottie got saved at the age of 18, and it happened because some school friends invited her to a revival meeting. Lottie only went to that revival because she wanted to be with her friends. And she went with a mocking attitude. But God got hold of her heart, and she decided right then that she wanted to become a Christian.

Fifteen years later, in the spring of 1873, Lottie heard a sermon on John 4:35. In that Scripture Jesus asked His disciples:
Right then, Lottie Moon made up her mind that she would become a missionary to China. And that fall she was on her way.

Lottie faithfully served the Lord in China for 40 years. She faithfully served the Lord through poverty, war, and plague. When Lottie was in her early 70s, a terrible famine struck China. She gave her food and her last dollar for famine relief. Lottie grew so weak and undernourished that her doctor ordered her home. She died on the way, on Christmas Eve of 1912.

Lottie Moon once said, "I would that I had a thousand lives that I might give them to the women of China." She gave her one life, and millions have been blessed. Why? -- Because she saw what Jesus sees, the lives of literally millions whose lives are ripe unto harvest, people who will respond to the Gospel presentation and give their heart to Jesus.

There have been many who have taken up the mantle of Lottie Moon and gone with the heart and soul of Jesus to the mission field. Some of them are here this morning and others may actually be here but for the future. But for most of us, we will not go… but we can do what the friends of Lottie did, we can invite others to come to hear the Word of God so He, by the Holy Spirit, can touch lives and hearts with His power to change them, to save them, for the glory of God.

Lottie Moon was so transformed that she could see people just like Jesus saw them and to respond the way Jesus would.
God not only wants us to see what Jesus sees but also...

2. Feel What Jesus Feels

One of the things Jesus did as He traveled the small towns and villages preaching to them, was to see their great need for healing, body and soul. There was hopelessness and sorrow of body, mind and spirit, because of disease and sickness and the lack of proper instruction for their spiritual leaders. Jesus seeing that, desired to touch them and heal them. The compassion of Christ was real and not only did He show that compassion by healing them but when He saw the crowds of people who gathered around and followed Him, the Bible says,
They had no shepherd!

“As sheep having no shepherd - And yet they had many teachers; they had scribes in every city. But they had none who cared for their souls, and none that were able, if they had been willing, to have wrought any deliverance. They had no pastors after God's own heart.” (Explanatory Notes on the New Testament)

Jesus is the Good Shepherd, loving his sheep and wanting to care for them. His compassion is still real and extends to you and me and to all mankind. The meaning of the expression of “He had compassion,” really meant that Jesus could feel the hurt of those He saw so deep in His soul and spirit that it moved Him greatly, stirred His heart so. Jesus felt and still does feel great compassion for all people.
Jerry Shirley explained: "This means Jesus didn't just see a man with leprosy. He also felt his pain, rejection, loneliness, and isolation. Jesus didn't just see a man whose daughter had died. He also felt his sorrow and bereavement. When Jesus saw people with broken hearts, His heart broke too. And Jesus didn't look on an adulterous woman in the judgmental way we often do, He looked with love, compassion and forgiveness, wiping her slate clean."

You say, “What about today?” Jesus still feels the hurt, brokenness, sorrow, isolation, loneliness, broken heartedness and so much more of you and me and all who hurt today.

I remember when one of our former members, who both are now gone to be with Jesus, Bo and Mary Ruth, they experienced such broken hearts over the death of their 15 year old grandson, Blake, who died in a car accident. The only thing that helped to bring healing for Bo was the fact that God made it clear that He, Bo’s Savior and Lord, cared enough for him that He would heal Bo’s broken heart.
God wants His people to have the same kind of compassion that Jesus had for those who gathered there around Him who were needing His great care. Moses had that kind of compassion. In Exodus 32:31-32,
The Apostle Paul had this same kind of compassion. Paul said this in Romans 9:1-3:
Then in Romans 10:1, Paul said:
There is one thing for sure about Paul, when he got saved he never forgot his brothers and sisters in the Jewish faith from which he came. He cared so much, that he was passionate about them being saved, coming to know God, his Savior, the Lord Jesus that changed his life. His passion was so real he was willing to even give up his own salvation if they would come to faith in Christ. Lottie Moon was that way, she gave up her life for those whom Jesus loved.

Do you have that kind of compassion that you would be willing to give up heaven to see another person come to Christ? Your compassion might not be that great but we can grow in compassion and become much more like Jesus. God can give us the compassion and the caring Spirit of the Savior of the world. God wants us to have His compassion. Have you asked for that kind of compassion from God for those lost friends of yours from your lost past? Some of us here have come out from a group of people who were lost when we got saved, and they still need to find that salvation of the Lord. Do you have the compassion of Christ to try to reach them?

As we read about Jesus having compassion as He looks out over the crowds, we too can feel like He feels and become more compassionate over those we see each day and those who are lost and dying in the world in which we live. Are you willing to begin to feel like Jesus feels?
Over the years I have seen the compassion grow in this young woman. Sara Beth now runs a special ministry called Worldwide 127. James 1:27 is the underlying basis of what they do. “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.” Without going into details, she has set up a ministry that takes people, who have love and compassion for the needy, particularly orphans and does whatever it takes to help them through group homes and teaching and provisions that the ministry provides through unique ways to get orphans and leaders of the homes to help themselves. She seeks to find partners who have the heart of Jesus and sees what He sees to help those who are hurting and without a shepherd. She sees and feels like Jesus sees and feels.
Not only does God want us to see what He sees and feel what He feels but He wants us to...

3. Pray Like Jesus Prays
Why do you think that those following Jesus were referred to as “the harvest field?” There was a great multitude of people following Jesus and He knew they were ready to be harvested for the Lord. In John 4:35 Jesus said, “They are ripe for harvest.” Did Jesus ask His disciples to pray for those people who made up the harvest? No! He asked His disciples to pray to the Lord of the harvest, God Himself, for more laborers so that God would send workers out among the people, into the harvest fields and bring them to the Lord through sharing the Gospel that Jesus had been preaching. They were to pray for more help! It is almost expected that they, the disciples, would be a part of that labor force that they would go into the fields. Jesus said to them to pray for more help.

Does that mean God only wants us to pray for others to be laborers and not that we should be one ourselves? It does not mean that. Just because He asks us to pray for more help, it seems logical that He is saying, “Guys, you can’t do this alone. Pray to God to ask Him to send others to help you!” Who are Jesus asking us to pray for today? I should be praying for you and you for me. We should be asking God to convict all of us here today, disciples who say they love Jesus, to go into the harvest. Do you love Jesus? Are you a disciple, a follower, of Jesus? Or, are you just coming to church, playing the Christian game? If you are not seeking to share the Gospel somehow or someway, can you be a believer, follower, Christian? Do you remember last week I said, your passion should be the passion of Jesus? Jesus is asking those of us who are His followers to pray for you who are here today, who are really Christians but who have not yet stepped out to go into the fields, we are to PRAY for you to go!

You see, I can’t save anyone but I can be used by God as a laborer to go and share and let God touch a heart and I can help bring in the harvest of souls for the Lord. He wants us to be His heart, hands, feet and mouth so others can hear the Gospel. We are to show the compassion that Jesus showed.
Cole Compton said last week, my best friend and brother Kevin asked me to come to church with him. I went and was instantly hooked. I haven’t been to church in years and from what I remember of church I haven’t felt the way I did last Sunday, ever. This morning at church, I was in it from the beginning. I felt something different from the time I walked in the door. Toward the end of the sermon the preacher kept hitting on that he had a feeling someone in the church was being talked to and touched by the Lord. Well that person was me!! For years and years I thought I was saved but never felt the way I did today. I tried and tried to put off walking in front of all these people, I didn’t know but when everyone stood up at the end I felt like I was gonna throw up and that someone dropped a vending machine on me. I looked at Kevin and asked him to walk to the altar with me. I’m so glad I had a brother and best friend with me and he was able to share in saving my life and dedicating my life to Christ today. This day will be one for the books and a day I will never forget. Thank you to my brother Kevin.
A disciple is one that does what Jesus did. Kevin did what Jesus wanted him to do, bring others to Jesus. How about you bringing another to church. You could be a part of the 20% or the 2% of Christians that invites others to church. Remember that Jesus gave His life for the world to know that God loves them and that He has a place for them in heaven. Do you know that there are disciples all over the world who risk their lives and their family’s lives to share the Gospel with the lost of their land? Some have even preached and died for that Gospel story! Look at believers in China and Iran, who are in danger every day for the cause of Christ. They are laborers in fields that are not safe but in fields where people are coming to Jesus in multitudes because of their work and commitment. Today, become that disciple that Jesus is looking for who will share the Gospel and live for Christ in the Spirit of Jesus.

One of the great invitations of life is to actually make the commitment to GO wherever God sends you as a follower of Christ. You may want to call it a missionary, preacher, pastor or some other kind of servant of God, but whatever you call it, you make that commitment today and say, “Father, I am saying you to you, I will go wherever you want me to go.” (“Here am I. Send me.”, Isaiah 6:8)

If that is you today, you need to come during the invitation and make that commitment public. It does not make a difference what age you are, God knows your heart.

Dear friends, are you praying for people to respond to God’s invitation? Are there people right here that you are praying for to respond to God’s call to full-time ministry? You do not have to be a “full-time” minister to share the Gospel or to go into the harvest. We are to pray for everyone who loves Jesus to go, become a laborer in the fields ripe for harvesting. Maybe they will make that decision, if you pray to the Lord of the Harvest?

Are you praying for your ONE? Will you be a laborer for them, and go and tell them of Jesus?

If you are here today and you are like Cole, have never been transformed by the Gospel, won’t you surrender to the Lord Jesus? He has died for you and me on the cross, where all our sins were forgiven. He was buried and then on the third day He arose to be alive forever more and to give us life everlasting. Won't you receive Him into your heart and life today? If you will just step out there will be a “Kevin” for you too, someone will walk with you to the front so you can declare that you want to repent of your sins and receive Jesus as personal Savior and Lord.

Invitation

Dear friend if you are reading this by way of the internet please know that you are loved and cared for. If you have no relationship with God the Father through Jesus Christ His Son, then I invite you to trust Him by faith and receive Him as your personal Savior. Jesus Christ died on the cross for the sin of everyone in the world that they may have eternal life. All of us have sinned and all are guilty before Almighty God who made us to have fellowship with Him. But sin broke that ability to have a relationship and Jesus has restored the possibility to know God personally through His sacrifice. Please know that if you will seek God and turn from your sin and pray He will respond with His love and give to you a personal relationship through your belief in His Son and the sacrifice He made just for you. He will call for a change in your life too. He wants you to follow Him, not the world, not your own desires, but to follow Jesus. That brings a life change when you turn from sin and self and by faith believe in Jesus Christ as your Savior and Lord. There is no Savior without Him being Lord of your life. Your willingness to change by following Him daily in your life will be the proof of your faith. When life throws its curves your way and you have found yourself broken by others or by the world let us introduce you to the only One who can help you…Jesus! You can write or call the office and we will follow up by contacting you. Office phone number is 864-225-2575 and the website address is www.northandersonbaptist.com and the physical address is 2308 N. Main St., Anderson, SC 29621. Dear friend if you are a believer and you have been touched by the Lord and you would like to talk to someone at the church just contact us in one of the ways you see above. If you are a believer and would like to talk about the church and your interest in being a part, please call and we can set up an appointment for you and get to know you. It would be a great pleasure to share our Lord’s love with you. This is a loving church and you are important to us, so please let us know what we can do for you in the Lord.Pastor Bill Rigsby

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