Living on Mission through our Missional Communities should look a lot like this:
The Fellowship of the Believers
“And they devoted themselves to the apostles’ teaching and the fellowship, to the breaking of bread and the prayers. And awe came upon every soul, and many wonders and signs were being done through the apostles. And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts, praising God and having favor with all the people. And the Lord added to their number day by day those who were being saved.
- Desperation- men love being respected and acting foolish is a good way of losing respect. However, the ruler was beyond this. He was so desperate that he fell to his knees, literally, and begged for help. To the men, are we so ‘respectable’ that we cannot be desperate? Could it be that pride and self-sufficiency are so great that we cannot be desperate?
- Vindication- the poor woman, at the end of her resources, sought for help in Christ and she got it! Unseen, below the radar, and in her own world she nonetheless was seen by the Master. Are we in our own worlds with our cares? Is Jesus strong enough to reach us? Will you look to him for help? He loves vindicating the down-trodden.
- Faith- This is the common denominator between the two stories. Both parties literally placed their trust in Christ and they were rewarded. One was specifically asked to believe. The other harbored a secret faith which was rewarded in the open. How is our faith in Christ? Is it alive, is it vibrant, do we really go to him with our problems?
- Resurrection- This is huge. Jesus demonstrated his power over death. This points to a future day when all those who believe will be brought back to life by his power. Place your trust in him for a resurrection. He promises he will deliver.
This message comes from Luke 8:40-56. Want to listen? Here’s the online sermon archive.
(Meeting at Moore Elementary School)
1061 Lewisburg Pike
Franklin, TN 37064
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Adult Bible Study: 9:30 AM