Monday, May 6, 2013

Follow up on Sunday's Introduction

As we wrapped up Sunday's message, I introduced our attempt to follow up on our "No Easy Answers" series by dealing with the question, "Now what?"  If we know these truths, and realize that the Bible addresses all kinds of brokenness and falsehood with the grace and truth of the gospel, then what do we do?  Our solution is to move as a Body toward strategic engagement with others (hence the name).  So that you will see just how biblical this idea is, the next two weeks will focus on historic texts of Scripture related to this idea.  This coming Sunday, Pastor Mike will tackle the most common objection or excuse used--"I really don't have anyone in my realm of influence to worry about."  We are going to look at the parable of the Good Samaritan to seek a right perspective here.  Oh, and by the way, in that story as Jesus tells it, you are NOT the Good Samaritan.

Then, the next week we will look at John 10, where Jesus speaks of being the Good Shepherd, and tells his little flock of Jewish disciples that he has other sheep to gather from outside their fold.  Who are they?  Why are they important?  How are they sought?  We will look at these questions together.

Finally, we will put it all together and outline our six step initiative, including how to join us in committing to it, how to follow through, and how we hope to help.