Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

Purpose of the Church-Outreach

We have looked at the purpose of the church:

  • Community
  • Discipleship

What changed in Peter?

He grew Deeper

What happens when we go deeper?

  • We grow wider
  • We bear more fruit

Acts 4:1-4

The priests and the captain of the temple guard and the Sadducees came up to Peter and John while they were speaking to the people.They were greatly disturbed because the apostles were teaching the people, proclaiming in Jesus the resurrection of the dead. They seized Peter and John and, because it was evening, they put them in jail until the next day. But many who heard the message believed; so the number of men who believed grew to about five thousand.

Acts 4:5-12

The next day the rulers, the elders and the teachers of the law met in Jerusalem. Annas the high priest was there, and so were Caiaphas, John, Alexander and others of the high priest’s family. They had Peter and John brought before them and began to question them: “By what power or what name did you do this?”

Then Peter, filled with the Holy Spirit, said to them: “Rulers and elders of the people! 

If we are being called to account today for an act of kindness shown to a man who was lame and are being asked how he was healed, 10 then know this, you and all the people of Israel: It is by the name of Jesus Christ of Nazareth, whom you crucified but whom God raised from the dead, that this man stands before you healed. 11 Jesus is…

     “‘the stone you builders rejected,
which has become the cornerstone.’

12 Salvation is found in no one else, for there is no other name under heaven given to mankind by which we must be saved.”

This is what the Sanhedrin is telling the leaders of the church:

  • You Can Meet together
  • Don’t spread the message to others
  • Keep it just among yourselves

 

It is impossible to go deeper and not go wider

ALL PETER AND JOHN HAD TO DO WAS AGREE

Here is the truth:

 

THE CHURCH IS AN UNSTOPPABLE FORCE

 

The more the world persecutes the church the more it grows

 

THE ONLY THING THAT CAN STOP THE CHURCH IS COMPLACENCY

 

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Mother’s Day

happy mothers day

Mother’s Day

Martha

Great hostess

 

Mary

People Person

John 12:1-8

Six days before the Passover, Jesus came to Bethany, where Lazarus lived, whom Jesus had raised from the dead. Here a dinner was given in Jesus’ honor. Martha served, while Lazarus was among those reclining at the table with him. Then Mary took about a pint of pure nard, an expensive perfume; she poured it on Jesus’ feet and wiped his feet with her hair. And the house was filled with the fragrance of the perfume.

But one of his disciples, Judas Iscariot, who was later to betray him, objected, “Why wasn’t this perfume sold and the money given to the poor? It was worth a year’s wages.” He did not say this because he cared about the poor but because he was a thief; as keeper of the money bag, he used to help himself to what was put into it.

“Leave her alone,” Jesus replied. “It was intended that she should save this perfume for the day of my burial. You will always have the poor among you, but you will not always have me.”

  • Mary was focusing on Jesus
  • Martha was focusing on serving
  • Judas was focused on the money

Luke 10:38-42

38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked,

 “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[f] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

The challenge:

  • There are always more things to get done than time allows

What does Jesus say is the number one command?

  • Love God
  • Love people

Who are the greatest in the Kingdom of Heaven? Those that serve

So we have a kind of conflict here:

  • One is loving through serving
  • The other is loving through presence and honor

Jesus is commending Mary for choosing the best

  • Jesus is not putting Martha down for her serving
  • He is correcting her because of her anxiety and worry         

 “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

5 love languages:

  • Time
  • Touch
  • Service
  • Gifts
  • Words

Learn to choose the “best over the good”

 

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Role of the Church – Discipleship

Role of the Church - DiscipleshipDiscipleship

 

Role of the Church – Discipleship

Isaiah 40:4-5

Every valley shall be raised up,
every mountain and hill made low;
the rough ground shall become level,
the rugged places a plain.
And the glory of the Lord will be revealed,
and all people will see it together.
For the mouth of the Lord has spoken.”

Acts 3:11-16

While the man held on to Peter and John, all the people were astonished and came running to them in the place called Solomon’s Colonnade. 12 When Peter saw this, he said to them: “Fellow Israelites, why does this surprise you? Why do you stare at us as if by our own power or godliness we had made this man walk? 13 The God of Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, the God of our fathers, has glorified his servant Jesus.

You handed him over to be killed, and you disowned him before Pilate, though he had decided to let him go. 14 You disowned the Holy and Righteous One and asked that a murderer be released to you. 15 You killed the author of life, but God raised him from the dead. We are witnesses of this. 16 By faith in the name of Jesus, this man whom you see and know was made strong. It is Jesus’ name and the faith that comes through him that has completely healed him, as you can all see.

What the world thinks transforms lives:

  • Science
  • Education
  • Counseling
  • Money

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth

               

John 8:34 

Jesus replied, “Very truly I tell you, everyone who sins is a slave to sin.

That is the situation people are in:

  • They are slaves to sin
  • Jesus offers freedom
  • Without Jesus people are ruled by sinful desires

John 8:31-32

 “If you hold to my teaching, you are really my disciples. 32 Then you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.”

What does the Bible say transforms lives?

  • Power of God
  • Truth
  • Love

What Peter does with the beggar:

  • Stops
  • Focuses on him
  • Prays for him

 

A LOVING CHURCH IS VERY POWERFUL

 

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