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Summary: GOING BEYOND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM

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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 TO YOUNG FOLKS (NOT BEEN THROUGH

ENOUGH).

I). WE PLANT SEED, WATER, GOD GIVES THE INCREASE.

J). WE ARE VESSELL’S THAT GOD USES TO PLANT SEED AND

WATER SEED.

CONCLUSION: OUTREACH IS NOT A SEPARATE ENTITY. IT IS AN EXTENTION OF THE CHURCH. JUST LIKE OUR ARM IS AN EXTENTION OF OUR BODY; NOT SEPARATE.

A). THIS IS NOT ABOUT YOU AND I; IT IS BIGGER THAN US.

B). IT’S WE LIKE THE IDEA OF WITNESSING IF SOMEONE

ELSE DOES IT.

C). WE LIKE THE IDEA OF THE PASTOR WITNESSING.


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