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A Master Planned Community
background: Jesus tells a parable of those bidden to a marriage supper. People make excuses not to come, so he sends servants out to get people off the streets to come to the wedding banquet. He says, into the highways and hedges, get anyone who will come. This is the Master plan for a growing community. Today we will look at the aspects of the Master Planned Community.
There is the Mission, the Method, the Mentality, and the Message, that are all a part of the Master plan.
I. The MissionĖProverbs 29:18Ėwhere there is no vision the people perish. It will be impossible for God to get the results He desires, if His people donít first understand the Mission we are called to in this world.
a. we are called to make an impact or a difference in our world. We are not called to just exist. When Jesus told the parable of the laborers being sent into harvest, those standing around late in the day were asked, why are you just standing around here, go out and do something.
b. that none should perishĖour vision should be the same as that of Jesus Christ, we should be moved with compassion on the multitudes.
Ill) in our travels we went by towns that were run down, mostly deserted, and definitely in decline. While Chicago is growing every minute, many places are backing up. When a community loses itís vision, itís reason for existence, itís excitement about itís future, it will die.
II. The MethodĖLuke 14:23Ėcompel them-I just love the Knox translation-give them no other choice but to come.
Our method is very simple, we persuade people to make it to heaven. We compel them.
a. we donít compel them by thumping them over the head with a Bible approach. We share our joy, our excitement about serving the Lord. We tell them how Jesus can make a difference in their lives.
b. we make them an offer they canít refuse. We invite them to a great banquet and let them know it is free.
Ill) years ago in Caribou Maine we were coming back from a church basketball game and just made it to a hamburger shack before it closed. The man running the place said, I am about to close and have a lot of extra food, so if you donít mind, you can have it all for free. He had a bag of burgers, a bag of hot dogs, fries, onion rings, and drinks, free. We took him up on the offer.
III. The MentalityĖI Corinthians 9:19-that I might by all means save some. I guess this is one of the greatest verses in the Bible. Paul says, I have become all things, to all men, that I might by all means save some.
a. the modern day church has lost the Master planner. The reason the church is in decline, it wonít adapt to the culture it is in. If Paul saw most modern day churches, the programs and plans, he would rebuke them
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