Surround Yourself

 
 
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For some reason, it’s hard for me to share my faith – it almost seems scary.  The problem is, I can share other things I love with people super easily.  Why is that?  This week, I want to shift the way you think about sharing your faith and help it to feel more natural – tune in to learn. Need prayer? visit my.oswegochristian.com/pray to post a request.Subscribe to our podcast on your phone to automatically have new messages downloaded weekly: in iTunes (http://my.oswegochristian.com/iTunes) or Android (http://my.oswegochristian.com/Google)

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MEMORIZE: Matthew 9:12-13SCRIPTURE STUDY: Luke 15, Matthew 18:10-14, Matthew 11:19, Luke 7:34
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OPENING ILLUSTRATION: So, we are at Sams doing our monthly grocery shopping – line going to the back of the store – I’m telling them, use the app, you can scan your items, pay and walk out the store… Here’s what’s interesting, I was telling them something helpful to them -but it felt just like telling someone about Jesus They were giving me weird looks and it felt weird telling them about it I don’t know about you ButI have a battle of fear in my heart when it comes to sharing Jesus with peoplewhy is that? I have to be honest, I get scared because I view sharing my faith as more of an imposition than an invitation… have to rewire our brains to understand the invitation… But that’s not haw Jesus saw it… Listen to this scene… Matthew 9:9-139 As Jesus went on from there, he saw a man named Matthew sitting at the tax collector’s booth. “Follow me,” he told him, and Matthew got up and followed him. 10 While Jesus was having dinner at Matthew’s house, many tax collectors and sinners came and ate with him and his disciples. 11 When the Pharisees saw this, they asked his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” 12 On hearing this, Jesus said, “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. 13 But go and learn what this means: ‘I desire mercy, not sacrifice.’ For I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners.” I love the love of Jesus Matthew is the kind of person that not only would a Jewish teacher not touch, but any good Jew would not touch Jesus is literally putting His reputation on the line with every single Jewish person in the region. and when He’s asked about it, He just says, “The sick are who need a doctor” ILLUSTRATION: I used to love getting new glasses as a kid, I loved having everything come into vision -Jesus brings everything into vision with this one statement “It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick.” Jesus wasn’t trying to “convert” people, He was trying to give people life… ILLUSTRATION: What was different was this one lady at Sams said, “what did you say,” I stopped and talked to her – one person what if we started finding one person to say, Jesus has made me better at life and has made my life better… Following Him has been the greatest adventure of my life… I can hear you saying, “but Kent, I’m not sure anything’s different about my life because of being a Christian…” I get it, and what I’m about to say is not come across mean or judgmental, but it is meant to challenge you… It could be that when you accepted Jesus you just wanted salvation from hell and not an entirely new life… I’m telling you, I’m more convinced than ever that following Jesus is about dying to yourself and Him living in YOU! can I say that again… God, chooses to take up life in you -how you can be close to 90 years still visit people in nursing home -gets up early to pick up people to come to church -come in week after week and sacrifice time and energy to help the poor and feed them and a million other things Because it is not you living, it is Jesus living in you! Listen, the world is dying apart from Jesus – they need us They need you to be alive in Jesus! Saved people save people and found people find people… Watch chosen – watch the life from this scene -roman soldier Gauis guarding him [Watch the Chosen clip] sing and take communion… CLOSING: The Challenge 1. Start praying for your neighbors who live within two blocks of you by name 2. Reach out to them and see if they need anything 3. Find practical ways through this time to serve them

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