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Summary: GOING BEYOND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM

OUTREACH (PART II)

ACTS 8

LUKE 24

INTRODUCTION: WE BEGAN LOOKING AT THE NEED FOR OUTREACH.

A). JUST AS JESUS WENT BEYOND THE WALLS OF JERUSALEM,

HE HAS ALSO CALLED US TO GO BEYOND THE WALLS OF

THIS BUILDING.

B). THAT’S WHAT OUTREACH IS ABOUT: GOING BEYOND THE

LIMITS.

C). OFTEN WE HOLD BACK: INGROWN, ASHAMED, RESISTANCE.

D). NO MATTER THE EXCUSE, IT DOES NOT NEGATE THE FACT

THAT JESUS SAID “GO FORTH AND PROCLAIM (SPREAD)

THE GOSPEL”!

E). WHAT WE OFTEN TRY TO DO IS SEND JESUS AND STAY

HOME.

F). BUT JESUS IS SAYING “YOU GO AND I’LL BE WITH YOU!”

(“..IN YOU..)

G). GO TO THE SICK AND I’LL GO TO THE HOSPITAL WITH

YOU, GO TO THE PRISONS AND I’LL GO IN THE CELL

WITH YOU, GO TO THE POOR AND I’LL GO IN THE

NEIGHBORHOOD WITH YOU”

H). I WANT TO SHOW WHERE WE DON’T SEND JESUS, BUT

JESUS SENDS US.

1). ACTS 8:26-31 – “SPREADING THE GOSPEL!”

A). JESUS CALLED PHILIP OUT OF A REVIVAL (THOUSANDS

BEING ADDED)

B). ENVIRONMENT THAT WOULD BE DIFFICULT TO LEAVE, “YET

RAN”!

C). NOT SENT TO CHURCH FULL OF PEOPLE WAITING TO HEAR

HIM SPEAK!

D). SENT TO REACH OUT TO ONE PERSON!

E). MANY FOLKS READING THEIR BIBLE, BUT NOT

UNDERSTANDING WHAT THEY ARE READING (NATURAL

MIND).

F). MANY ARE DESIRING TO UNDERSTAND AND KNOW JESUS.

G). PHILIP BEGAN TO MINISTER UNTO HIM ABOUT JESUS AND

EVENTUALLY THE EUNUCH WAS BAPTIZED.

H). LOOK AT A COUPLE OF REASONS WE DO NOT JUST INVITE

SOMEONE!

2). WHY DIDN’T GOD SEND SOMEONE TO INVITE HIM TO THE SERVICE?

A). PHILIP UNDERSTOOD AND WE ARE TO UNDERSTAND THAT

JUST AN INVITATION MAY NOT BE ENOUGH.

B). WHAT IF YOU FEEL GOD DRAWING SOMEONE TO YOU AND

YOU INVITE THEM TO CHURCH?

C). LET’S SAY THEY DO NOT SHOW UP (SPIRIT OF

INTERRUPTION)!

D). THEY HAVE LOST AN OPPORTUNITY TO HEAR THE GOSPEL.

E). NOTHING WRONG WITH INVITING, JUST NOT ENOUGH!

F). IF OUR CALL TO OUTREACH IS INSIDE OF THESE WALLS,

THEN WE ARE STATING THROUGH OUR ACTIONS “WE WILL

JUST SIT HERE AND WAIT UNTIL GOD SENDS SOMEONE TO

, GET SAVED”

G). BODY OF CHRIST IS A LOT LIKE A FOOTBALL TEAM. WE

HUDDLE ON SUNDAYS TO RECEIVE THE PLAYS OR

INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE UPCOMING WEEK.

H). WE ARE GIVEN OUR ASSIGNMENTS ACCORDING TO THE

PLAYBOOK OR WORD OF GOD.

I). IF ANY OF THE PLAYERS FAIL TO FOLLOW OUT THEIR

PLAY, THERE IS A BREAKDOWN AND WE FAIL TO PICK UP

YARDAGE (PRODUCE).

J). FOLKS STANDING ON THE SIDELINES CAN’T HEAR THE

PLAY, THEY NEED TO BE IN THE HUDDLE TO HEAR WHAT

GOD DESIRES OF US.

2). 2ND REASON WE DO NOT “JUST” INVITE SOMEONE TO CHURCH.

A). LUKE 24:46-49 – TELLS US WHY GOD SENT PHILIP TO

REACH OUT, TO MINISTER, TO WITNESS TO THE LOST

EUNUCH!

B). A WITNESS TELLS WHAT THEY HAVE SEEN, HEARD,

EXPERIENCED.

C). YOU CAN’T BE A WITNESS AND NOT BE PERSONALLY

INVOLVED.

D). IF YOU ARE SENT A SUBPEONA TO COME TO COURT AND

TESTIFY, THE JUDGE DOES NOT WANT YOU TO SEND

SOMEONE IN YOUR PLACE.

E). A WITNESS PERSONALLY DELIVERS THE MESSAGE.

G). A MAN LEFT FOR THE SERVICE AND PROMISED TO WRITE

HIS GIRLFRIEND EVERYDAY. AND HE DID, BUT WAS

SURPRISED TO FIND OUT SHE HAD GOTTEN MARRIED - TO

THE MAILMAN.

H). THERE IS NO SUBSTITUTE FOR THE PESONAL DELIVERY.

I). SINNERS ARE PLENTY. THEY NEED SOMEONE TO TELL

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