Summary: The longer a church has been in existence, the more its resources go toward its own preservation rather than toward outreach and evangelism.
Many Christians can suffer from a lack of identity
An older sister was sitting next to her younger brother in Church one Sunday morning unsuccessfully trying to keep him still and quiet. Finally she said, I wish you would calm down. I can’t, he said, it’s just so boring. With that his sister turned and said, It’s supposed to be boring.
Our Lord came here with a purpose.
He came for the helpless, the humble, the spiritual, morally, and emotional hungry.
To heal, forgive, restore, and empower His Church to be courageous.
We have received His mercy and experienced His help.
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised,
Jesus came because the people of that day were helpless, hungry, downtrodden, and discouraged.
The Lord’s emphasis was on the condition of the heart, more than just the outward circumstances.
1. preach the gospel to the poor
Their life on earth is the hardest; it is often one of unremitting toil; often one of severe privation, almost destitute comfort and enjoyment; often one of serious and hard oppression, in which the strong will of another robs of all liberty of action.
The past is sad, the present gloomy, the future dark.
There are no pleasures in recollection, and there is no relief in hope.
2. heal the brokenhearted
Here it stands for crushed and hopeless ones, who have lost all spirit, and think there is no light, no cheer, in this life for them.
3. preach deliverance to the captives
The moral suggestion is of those who are mastered by old evil habits, easily besetting sins.
He is Burden-bearer and Burden-lifter.
Satan is a defeated enemy
Jesus invaded Satan’s territory, destroyed his armor and weapons, and claimed his spoils
Christ’s miracles show that the kingdom of God is present, not the kingdom of Satan!
4. recovering of sight to the blind
Sight to the blind. What a change that can place!
Blind Bartimaeus, the son of Timaeus, sat by the highway side begging.
5 Then the eyes of the blind shall be opened, and the ears of the deaf shall be unstopped.
He went from darkness to light, from begging to follow Jesus, and from crying to praising the Lord.
5. to set at liberty them that are bruised
a) Those who are chafed with the worries of life.
b) Those who are perplexed with the problems of life.
c) Those who are smitten by the persecutions of life.
d) 4. Those that are worn with excessive toil.
e) Those that are wounded by the heavier sorrows of life.
Jesus came to establish his church. To establish the purpose of his church.
What has made an impact on you lately? Your family? Your neighbors? Your town? Your world?
How many would say the Church has impacted their lives?
Some might answer with the affirmative. But the greater question is not has the church impacted you, but?