Pastor Shane Ham : Redemptive Relationships

How to Be · 38:48 · Recorded October 9, 2022

Redemptive Relationships

Matthew 5:13-16 (NIV)  “You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.

John 4:5, 7 (NIV)  He came to a town in Samaria… When a Samaritan woman came to draw water, Jesus began to speak to her.

John 4:27-32, 34-35, 39-42 (NIV)  …his disciples return … surprised to find him talking with a woman… Then, leaving her water jar … woman went … towns people … people… “Come, see a man who told me everything I ever did. Could this be the Christ?” And they came. His disciples urged him, “Rabbi, eat something.” …“I have food to eat that you know nothing about.” “My food,” said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his work. …I tell you, open your eyes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. …” Many of the Samaritans from that town believed in him because of the woman’s testimony, “He told me everything I ever did.”… So when the Samaritans came to him, they urged him to stay with them, and he stayed two days, and because of his words many more became believers. They said to the woman, “We don’t just believe just because of what the women said; now we have heard for ourselves from Jesus, and we know that this man really is the Savior of the world.”

Why should I share?

I share because of truth.

I share because of love.

How will I share?

1. I will embrace everybody in real friendship.

2. I will meet my friends where they are, not where I think they ought to be.

Philippians 2:5-7 (NLT2)  You must have the same attitude that Christ Jesus had. Though he was God… he gave up his divine privilege; he took the humble position … born as a human being. When he appeared in human form…

John 3:1-3 (NLT2)  …a man named Nicodemus, who was a Pharisee. “Rabbi,” he said, “we all know that God has sent you. Your miraculous signs are evidence that God is with you.” Jesus replied, “I tell you the truth, unless you are born again, you cannot see the kingdom of God.”

Acts 17:22-26 (DBY)  And Paul standing in the midst of Areopagus said, Athenians, in every way I see you given up to demon worship; for, passing through and beholding your shrines, I found also an altar on which was inscribed, To the unknown God. Whom therefore ye reverence, not knowing [him], him I announce to you. The God who has made the world and all things which are in it, he, being Lord of heaven and earth, does not dwell in temples made with hands, nor is served by men’s hands as needing something, himself giving to all life and breath and all things; and has made of one blood every nation of men to dwell upon the whole face of the earth, having determined ordained times and the boundaries of their dwelling…

1 Corinthians 9:20-23 (NLT2)  When I was with the Jews, I lived like a Jew to bring the Jews to Christ. When I am with the Gentiles who do not follow the Jewish law, I too live apart from that law so I can bring them to Christ. But I do not ignore the law of God; I obey the law of Christ. When I am with those who are weak, I share their weakness, for I want to bring the weak to Christ. I try to find common ground with everyone, doing everything I can to save some. I do everything to spread the good news and share in its blessings.

3. I will develop a genuine interest in others.

4. I will always be praying!

John 3:27 (NLT2)  John replied, “No one can receive anything unless God gives it from heaven.”

Talk It Over
  • Reread Matthew 5:13-16. Just like salt that loses its saltiness, a hidden light is useless. For us to become the salt & light that Jesus declares us to be, we must interact with the world around us. We can’t live the Christian life in isolation. Are you living in a Christian bubble? How are you being salt & light in your world today?
  • Many of us get intimidated at the thought of sharing our faith. But think about it. . . how would you have known the truth if someone wasn’t bold enough to share with you or answer your questions? In love and truth, you can give that same gift to someone else. Pray this week for the boldness and courage to share your faith with whoever God puts in your path.
  • What does it mean to meet people “where they are”? It can be easy to judge another’s life, situation, or choices, but Jesus tells us to look at our own sin before judging someone else’s. Read through some of these verses: Mt. 7:1-5; Lk. 6:37-42; Jn. 8:1-8; Lk. 6:31-36. What’s the common theme? How can we welcome people as they are so Jesus can change their lives in ways they never considered. Review the final four points and find ways to put them into practice today!
  • Parents:  Help your children understand what it means when Jesus calls us the “light of the world” and read Matthew 5:13-16 with them. You might go into a dark room, then turn on a lamp and talk about how far the light can shine. Then put a blanket or bucket over the lamp and talk about how the light can’t reach the people who need it. We are that light! How can we help others know Jesus and bring the light into their lives?

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