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Keep Your Eyes On The Road

We continue in our series, The Power of Stories, as Pastor Nate Millican takes us through Luke 15:11-32. Listen to hear how, as believers, we are to not check out, but to be intrigued and in awe of the amazing, redemptive love God has for us and all lost souls, and to keep our eyes on Him.

Scripture: Luke 15:11-32

Repent and Believe or Perish

Each decision we make involves a certain belief about the future. So what if we knew the future precisely? If you knew there was going to be an attack or horrible accident at work the next day, would you go? No, and you’d warn your coworkers as well. Similarly, if you knew there was a day of judgment coming, and you could be saved by repenting and believing in Jesus, would you?

Jesus knows the future and pleads with us to make the decision to repent today in light of the future day of judgment.

Scripture: Luke 13:1-9

 

Turning Everyday Conversations into Gospel Conversations

We all know what it means to feel compassion – we feel it for our children or grandchildren when they’re hurting or in need. But how do we express compassion for the people around us who need Jesus? Sharing the good news of Jesus is the most compassionate thing we can do. But how?

Start where you are – at home, at work, with a neighbor or friend.
Use what you have – you have multiple conversations everyday.
Do what you can – we all have relationships and conversations – share what you can, when you can.

Scripture: Mark 6:34-44

The King’s Messengers

As messengers of King Jesus, we understand that there are those that will come to faith in Jesus. As we engage people to put Jesus first for the sake of others, we also need to be mindful of what “going” means.

Scripture: Luke 10:1-12

The Call To Make Him Known

These were Jesus’ final words. It has been 2000 years and Jesus has not during that time planted his feet on earth and audibly addressed his followers. Jesus laid down in the clearest terms the mission for those who are to follow him. This is the mission of the church—the mandate of Christianity.

Here in Acts 1:1-11 Jesus’ last words serve as a clarion call for you and me to make what was on Jesus’ mind as he went to heaven the number one issue in our lives – making the gospel of Jesus known to a world that needs to know him or as our mission statement reads: “engage people to put Jesus first for the sake of others.”

Scripture: Acts 1:1-11

An Important Conversation and Reminder

Actions speak louder than words don’t they? Jesus is asked the question, “are you the One we’ve been waiting for?” They wanted to know if He was indeed the Rescuer/Delivered that the Old Testament spoke about.

Jesus’ response is: look at what I’ve done.

Scripture: Luke 7:18-35

Stand Out Christians

As followers of Jesus we ought to stand out and shine bright in this generation because of who we are and how we speak. Here are a few questions we should ask ourselves.

Who are we meant to be?
A: We’re the children of God on mission as lights in a dark world. We’re meant to make the invisible God clear to our family, friends and neighbors.

What gets in the way?
A: Grumbling and disputing. Jesus said my words start in my heart. When you grumble you’re saying, “I deserve better.” When you’re questioning you’re saying, “I know better.” Grumbling and questioning reveal a self-centered, restless, anxious, agitated, dissatisfied heart that will eventually infect your words and obscure the light and glory of the Gospel in your life.

How do we stand out and shine bright?
A: Only when you entrust yourself to Jesus will you live and speak in a way that stands out from the crowd and clearly lights the way to Christ for them with the Gospel.

3 More Questions:

  1. Are you born again?
  2. Would the people closest to you say you rarely complain, or do your words betray a heart who’s posture is “I deserve better,” “I know better”? Will you repent and entrust yourself to Jesus fully?
  3. Is there a person in your circle of influence who has asked about or commented on how “positive” you are, how you don’t seem to respond negatively as others? If so, have you clearly pointed them to how Jesus in you has made that difference in your life?

Rescued to be Rescued

Peter Williams says that “God’s questions are meant to teach us something, or to expose to us our inner selves when we are guilty of sin or disobedience…so whenever we read the Bible and come across a question, we ought to ask ourselves, ‘Is God addressing that question to me, and if so what am I meant to learn from it?'”

God has several questions for Jonah in Jonah chapter 4 that give us a glimpse into Jonah’s world…and truth be told, our world as well.

Scripture: Jonah 4; Matthew 12:41; Luke 11:32

The God of the Second Chance

Our God is a merciful God and He many times gives second chances. In Jonah 3 we see the mercy of God in giving Jonah another opportunity to be obedient, as well as choosing to rescue the Ninevites, rather than destroying them.

Scripture: Jonah 3

But Jonah. But God.

In Jonah 1 we see God’s pursuit of not only the people in Nineveh but also the heart of Jonah. We also see that sin makes us do dumb things. It makes us go against logic. It makes us speak things, think things, do things that go against the nature of what it means to be a follower of Jesus.

The truth is, Jonah’s response is our response many times. Listen in as we walk through this amazing book and see how God is passionately committed to seeing people come to know him.

Scripture: Jonah 1