Rubbing Shoulders with Irreligious People (2 of 7) by Rick White

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Rubbing Shoulders with Irreligious People (2 of 7)
Series: Seven Step Strategy for Building a Biblically Functional Community
Rick White
Luke 5: 27-32

Message Truth: Unconventional approaches in evangelism that strategically mix the spiritual haves and have-nots are essential to reaching our world for Christ. Deeds of kindness and love gives us entrance into people's hearts.

(Luke 5:27-32 NASB) 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. {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."

Introduction: Two weeks ago we started talking about A Seven Step Strategy For Building A Biblically Functional Community. We began by examining our own mission statement: to increasingly know Christ and to continually make Him known. At that point we laid out the very first step: develop a heart for, and build a relationship to a lost person in order to be salt in their world and influence them through a Christian lifestyle that is credible. Two things have taken place as a result of that initial message. A host of people have made contact to say. That's great, I'm for it and I want to do just that, but I have one question, how? How do I penetrate my world in such a way as to make an impact for Christ? I believe that many of us as believers find ourselves at that exact spot. We love Christ, and we care about lost humanity, we just don't know how to plug in and engage o ...

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