Alex Enabnit – Programming Coordinator
I really hope you were around for the start of the new “Open” series, because it’s going to be a good one! In the first weekend of the series, Jeremy taught on being open to people.
The Big Idea of the message is that you naturally discuss what you care about with the people you care about. If we want to reflect on this, we need to ask three questions: what are the things we care about? Who are the people we care about? Finally, how can we extend our influence to more people?
In order to extend our influence to more people, here is something that we need to STOP doing, and it’s something that a lot of Christians (including myself) have been guilty of: we need to stop pointing out the sins of non-Christians! Yes, we are supposed to hold brothers and sisters accountable for their actions, but the issue starts when we think the invitation to correct others extends outside the boundaries of the Church. Our job is not to convict others of the sin in their lives, but to point them to Jesus and let the Holy Spirit do His work. Let’s be honest, if we had to be perfect before we started following Jesus, would any of us be qualified?
The second thing we should do to extend our influence to more people is START taking advantage of situations with the people God has placed in our lives. This may mean a mildly awkward conversation, but it may just be the most important conversation we ever have. Of course, this doesn’t mean we should try to wedge a conversation about Jesus into a place where it doesn’t make sense, but rather we should take advantage of every opportunity to respectfully share the incredible news of Jesus.
Last, a powerful way we can extend our influence is by simply getting to know our neighbors! If you didn’t get a magnet from the service, print out this picture and see how many names of the people around your house you already know, then make it your goal to get to know the ones you don’t. Go out and be a neighbor!
Verses and quotes from the message:
Colossians 4:3-6; Matthew 5:13; 1 Corinthians 5:9-12; 2 Corinthians 5:18-19; Acts 17:22-23; Acts 17:16; 1 Corinthians 9:22b;
“Those who are the salt of the earth may reasonably be expected to have some savour about their language” F.F. Bruce
“…so that a man such as the immoral offender is well aware of where he stands in relation to the community.” A.C. Thiselton
“But perhaps it would be just as well to ask ourselves whether we do not in fact often act as obstacles to Jesus and his Word… Does not our preaching contain too much of our own opinions and convictions, and too little of Jesus Christ?” Dietrich Bonheoffer, The Cost of Discipleship
“The key to being a good neighbor is a willingness to lean into a mildly awkward moment.” Dave Runyon
Big idea: You naturally discuss what you care about with the people you care about.
Let it be Known – Tim Hughes
Only King Forever – Elevation Worship
Oceans – Hillsong Music
The Proof of Your Love – For King and Country