Colossians 4:5-6 (NRSV) Conduct yourselves wisely toward outsiders, making the most of the time. Let your speech always be gracious, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how you ought to answer everyone.
Matthew 5:13, 14, 16 (BBE) “You are the salt of the earth…You are the light of the world…so let your light be shining before men, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father in heaven.”
John 20:21 (NLT) “As the Father has sent me, so I am sending you.”
Matthew 9:35-36 (NRSV) Then Jesus went about all the cities and villages, teaching in their synagogues, and proclaiming the good news of the kingdom, and curing every disease and every sickness. When he saw the crowds, he had compassion for them, because they were harassed and helpless, like sheep without a shepherd.
1 Peter 2:25 (TEV) You were like sheep that had lost their way, but now you have been brought back to follow the Shepherd and Keeper of your souls.
Ecclesiastes 3:11 (ESV) He has put eternity into man’s heart.
2 Corinthians 5:19-20 (TLB) God was in Christ, restoring the world to himself, no longer counting men’s sins against them but blotting them out. This is the wonderful message he has given us to tell others. We are Christ’s ambassadors. God is using us to speak to you: we beg you, as though Christ himself were here pleading with you, receive the love he offers you—be reconciled to God.
John 12:26 (TEV) “Whoever wants to serve me must follow me, so that my servant will be with me where I am. And my Father will honor anyone who serves me.”
When you “shake the family tree” whose face falls into your mind that Jesus wants to reach through you?
Have you ever followed the “Come and see!” approach to evangel-ism with someone (or been invited yourself?) and seen them connect in a relationship with Jesus?
What do you admire most about the way Jesus related to people? What stands in the way of you becoming more like him in your relationships with people?
Read Colossians 4:3-6. What do you intend to do to become better equipped to share either your story or THE story of the gospel with those who are “outsiders” to faith?
What difference has this message or this series made in the way you see yourself in relation to those within your sphere of influence or circles of relationships? If you were to throw a “Matthew Party” who would you most want to invite?
Who’s a person you feel God has opened your eyes to love & serve into his Kingdom that your group could be praying for with you?
Help your children to become “radical includers” of others! Emphasize the importance of paying attention to the needs and feelings of others. Encourage them to become comfortable with the idea of inviting their friends to NorthPointe Kids events. Avoid talking or acting in ways that create an “us versus them” mentality in your family about those who don’t share Christian faith. Encourage them to have friendships that are broad and deep. Remember that these are all things “caught” more than taught!
A born teacher, Steve combines a depth of insight with unchanging biblical truths to provide messages that are both engaging & life changing. Married to Jean, his bride of 35 years, and the father of three adult children, Steve enjoys early mornings on his porch in study, time with family & friends at the coast, and playing Bluegrass music on his guitar.
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