Summary: First in series focusing on the importance and Biblical injunction to connect with our needy world to Christ’s glory.
CONNECTING WITH A NEEDY WORLD
First in Series: “Love In Action”
Rev. Todd G. Leupold Perth Bible Church June 29, 2008 AM
VIDEO: “What Are We Missing?” (BluefishTv) – 1:18
How many people do you know who can relate to this? Or, perhaps easier, how many do you know that would have trouble relating to these feelings and struggles? When you look around at the world, read the paper, watch news and people on tv, hear the gossip (those 1 or 2 of us who accidentally hear things or find the occasional tabloid in our shopping bag), talk to your neighbors and co-workers – what do you notice? How do you feel? What do you think?
I.) THE WORLD IS A MESS!
Let’s face it folks, our world, our community and many of our families are a horrific mess!
WHY? What do our world, our community, and our families all have in common? That’s right, PEOPLE, and people all around us (perhaps even some of us) are a mess.
(tongue in cheek) Just what is THEIR problem, anyway?!
OK, so maybe it’s not just ’everybody else’ that has problems or whose life is a mess. Nevertheless, I believe that – as God’s Word teaches – there is one common, underlying reason why sin reigns as it does and keeps this world and it’s people such a mess.
(refer to slide w/ ReverendFun© “Jesus Who?” 11-22-2005)
Far too many people have NOT truly encountered the love and majesty of Jesus! Again, perhaps even some of us here today. Sure, there might have been the occasional encounter with a lesser substitute, imitation, or impostor that was presented or believed to be “the real thing.” A counterfeit “angel of light” as the Scriptures describe it. ’Love’ with strings attached. ’Love’ inspired by ulterior motives. Good intentions offered from sin-stained hands and hearts. But NOT the genuine, unique, one-of-a-kind love & majesty of Jesus!
Because it is a mess,
The World Needs Salvation
Which begs the question:
II.) WHERE IS GOD?
I don’t know about you, but I’ve asked that question countless of times in my life. Perhaps the most poignant was when my life and my ’world’ was the ’messiest’ it’s ever been. College Freshman, dumped by woman I was going to marry, parents getting divorced, driving license suspended, plenty of ’buddies’ but no real friends on campus, sick of depending on others and getting disappointed, sick of depending on self and failing. You know how God answered my desperate, angry question? He immediately brought into my life godly people who represented Jesus to me in so many ways. In fact, the parents of one of those godly students (Tim Ball) who forever impacted my life are here this morning (Ken & Kathy Ball, ministering at Sac.) The first time we met I was a shy, insecure unsaved young punk making fun of their son for being so ’straight’ and ’good.’ This morning they are here sitting under my preaching because their son freely allowed Jesus to live through him before me)!
You know, there is no doubt in my mind that no amount of teaching, preaching, reading, listening, or church going would have gotten through to me at that time in my life. But seeing Jesus present and active in the lives of others? Absolutely irresistible!!!