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OUTREACH

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Sermon shared by Scott Gipson

September 2000
Summary: GOING BEYOND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM
Series: OUTREACH
Denomination: Independent/Bible
Audience: General adults
Sermon:
OUTREACH!


INTRODUCTION: "FOLLOW ME AND I’LL MAKE YOU FISHERS…”
A). WE CAN TALK ABOUT IT, READ ABOUT IT, DISCUSS IT,
PRAY ABOUT IT, MEDITATE ON IT; BUT IF WE DO NOT
CAST OUR LINE WE ARE NOT FISHERS OF MEN.
B). IF WE DO NOT REACH OUT TO THOSE IN NEED WE ARE NOT
FISHERS.
C). IT IS A CALLING FOR THE CHURCH FOR US TO REACH
BEYOND THE WALLS OF THIS BUILDING.
D). JESUS HAD AN OUTREACH PROGRAM; WENT BEYOND WALLS
OF JERUSALEM. (THOSE THAT COULD NOT ENTER IN).
E). OUTREACH - REACHING BEYOND LIMITS.
F). JESUS SAID “GO FORTH” NOT STAY HOME.
G). EXCUSE “DRAW THOSE THAT NEED TO BE SAVED”
H). DRAW THEM INTO YOUR DAY TO DAY LIFE.
I). WHY DO NEED OUTREACH?
J.) AS MANY POWERFUL TESTIMONIES AS WE HAVE IN THE
CHURCH, WE CANNOT BE SATISFIED WITH JUST THOSE
TESTIMONIES.
K). THERE ARE PLENTY OF FOLKS IN YOUR FAMILY, IN THIS
WORLD THAT HAVE NOT GIVEN THEIR TESTIMONY ABOUT
GOD’S POWER/GRACE


MATTHEW 25:34–40 –
A). THE LEAST: THOSE IN NEED!
B). WHEN WE HELP OTHERS WE ARE LOOKING AT JESUS.
C). JOHN: YOU CANNOT HATE YOUR BROTHER AND HAVE THE
LOVE OF GOD IN YOU!
D). GOD USES US TO BLESS THOSE IN NEED.
E). WHEN WE REFUSE, REBEL IN OUR HELP FOR THE LORD, WE
PAY THE PRICE IN THE END.
F). THERE ARE FOLKS LIVING LIKE THE DEVIL THAT WILL
GIVE YOU THE SHIRT OFF OF THEIR BACK. WE DO NOT
NEED THE WORLD TO DO THE JOB THAT GOD HAS CALLED
US TO DO.

INGROWN: COMFORTABLE OR SELF-ABSORBED.
B). NOT CONCERNED WITH THOSE WE HAVE NO CONTACT WITH.
C). OUT OF SIGHT OUT OF MIND.
D). FOR SOME FOLKS IT IS NOT PHYSICALLY POSSIBLE FOR
THEM TO BE HERE (SICK, HOSPITAL, REST HOME, SHUT
INS, JAIL)
E). DO WE JUST FORGET ABOUT THEM?
F). INGROWN - NOT WILLING TO GET OUT OF COMFORTABLE
SETTING.
G). ACCORDING TO JESUS; THOSE THAT REACH OUT, THAT
HELP, THAT EXTEND THEIR LOVE ARE THE RIGHTEOUS.
H). EASY TO GET COMFORTABLE AND NOT WANT TO LEAVE.

ASHAMED/EMBARRASSED:
A). “COME BOLDLY TO THE THRONE OF GRACE”
B). WE ARE ALMOST APOLIGETIC WHEN WE INVITE SOMEONE TO
CHURCH.
C). WE ALMOST WHISPER THE NAME OF JESUS WHEN
WITNESSING.
D). THERE ARE SINNERS IN THIS WORLD THAT DO NOT
APOLIGIZE FOR HURTING YOU. FOR STEALING FROM YOU
E). DRUG DEALERS DO NOT APOLOGIZE WHEN THEY ATTEMPT TO
SELL DRUGS TO YOUR CHILDREN.
F). PRISON IS FULL OF FOLKS THAT WERE NOT EMBARRASSED,
APOLOGETIC ABOUT THEIR ACTIONS.


RESISTANCE:
A). NO ONE LIKES TO BE TOLD NO.
B). NO ONE LIKES THE FEELING OF BEING LET DOWN.
C). WE ALLOW THESE FEELINGS TO DICTATE OUR ZEAL FOR
OUTREACH.
D). THANK GOD NO ONE GAVE UP ASKING YOU AND I.
E). DIFFERENT PLACES, DIFFERENT BAIT.
F). YOU MAY CAN REACH FOLKS I CAN’T AND VICE VERSA.
G). SOME FISHING FOR BLUE GILLS AND SHOULD BE FISHING
FOR BLUE SAIL FISH. AND VICE VERSA.
H). THERE ARE YOUNG FOLKS THAT WILL NOT LISTEN TO
SOMEONE 60 YOA (SOUNDS LIKE A LECTURE), SOME OLD
WILL NOT LISTEN
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