Understanding Your Unchurched Friends by Rick White

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Understanding Your Unchurched Friends
Series: What's Gone Wrong With The Harvest?
Rick White
Luke 5:27-32
06-05-94

Message Truth: The Bible teaches us that we are to be the salt of the earth and light of the world. In order for us to be what Jesus told us to be we must learn to penetrate our society with the gospel.

Luke 5:27 And after that He went out, and noticed a tax- gatherer named Levi, sitting in the tax office, and He said to him, "Follow Me." 28 And he left everything behind, and rose and {began} to follow Him.

Luke 5:29 And Levi gave a big reception for Him in his house; and there was a great crowd of tax-gatherers and other {people} who were reclining {at the table} with them. 30 And the Pharisees and their scribes {began} grumbling at His disciples, saying, "Why do you eat and drink with the tax-gatherers and sinners?" 31 And Jesus answered and said to them, " {It is} not those who are well who need a physician, but those who are sick. 32 "I have not come to call the righteous but sinners to repentance."

Most of us in this room tonight would agree that we (the church) should be actively involved in reaching men and women for Christ. However, something has gone terribly wrong with the harvest. While we have more resources than we have ever had, we seem to be less effective in reaching people with the gospel of Christ.

Approximately one year ago on a Sunday evening in August I brought a message on The Church: God's Supernatural Community. Specifically we talked about becoming salt and light in our society. In fact we set up a formula for being more effective: HP+CP=MI, High Potency + Close Proximity = Maximum Influence. We covered two very specific things in the context of that message. (1)How To Increase Our Potency (confidence, biblical knowledge, authenticity, and urgency. (2) How To Increase Our Proximity, ( mundane routine, recreational opportunities.) Some of have made some progress in this area, but many of us have no ...


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