The Jesus Mission

The Jesus Mission

Popular Slogans:

  • The happiest place on Earth
  • Just do it
  • The ultimate driving machine
  • You’re in good hands
  • Save money. Live better

Guiding people to find and follow Jesus
Knowing the mission statement doesn’t help.  Is there something I can do?

People everywhere struggle with sharing their faith
My early efforts at evangelism – I Found It!
Save souls vs. blessers – Social good 100 became christians vs. 2

Abraham – Galatians 3:8 God “announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”
From the beginning God’s plan for impacting the world has been a “blessing strategy.” 
no better example of going than blessing than Jesus

Luke 19:1-4 Notice in that first line that Jesus was (highlight) “passing through” Jericho.
Luke 19:5-6 Jesus chose to stop and spend time with a man people hated.
Luke 19:8 that he immediately promised to give away almost everything he owned
Luke 19:9-10 “Jesus said to him, ‘Today salvation has come to this house, because this man, too, is a son of Abraham. For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”

Abraham was blessed to be a blessing. 
Jesus was blessed to be a blessing. 
Zacchaeus was blessed to be a blessing. 
And now, in Jesus, we receive that same blessing. 

Personal illustration – teenage pregnancy

Begin with Prayer – neighborhood, prayer walk,
Listen – 62% of non christians would talk if someone listened without judgment.
Eat – integrate other people with what we do anyways
Serve – needs to be about them and not about me doing a good deed
Story – John 14 when Thomas asked, “how can we know the way?”  Jesus story

We’re going to have a lot more to say about each of these practices in the week ahead, but as we conclude today, I want you to think back to Zacchaeus for a moment. Here’s a guy who was far from God.  But now this man who had once been at odds with God has Jesus sitting at his table sharing a meal with him

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