Is My Neighbor Really Lost (3 of 6) by Rick White

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Is My Neighbor Really Lost (3 of 6)
Series: Bridge Builders - People Reaching People
Rick White
Luke 10:25-37

Message Truth: It is hypocrisy to say that we are interested in reaching the world for Christ if we are not concerned with reaching our own community.

Introduction:
1. During the Zenith years of the Green Bay Packers under the leadership of legendary coach, Vince Lombardi, something very unusual happened. The Packers lost a game to the Chicago Bears at Soldier Field that should have been an automatic win for them. Lombardi was livid. When the team plane landed back in Green Bay, Lombardi bused the team right back to Lambeau Field and they put back on their sweaty gear from the Bear's game. He began a nightlong practice session with these words; Gentleman, this is a football!''

2. Can you imagine telling someone like Jim Gray that this is middle ''c''? Or could you see telling Dr. Ray Hester, this is a stethoscope? What about telling Ed Moody, this is a tire. (Illustrate others)

3. When people begin to drift off track, it's time to return to the basics or fundamentals. Even in the Christian faith sometimes we have to stop and remind ourselves of the very basics.

4. So to all of you fully devoted followers of Christ who are gathered in this place this morning, I want to start with the basics: This is a neighbor!

A CRUCIAL QUESTION: WHO IS MY NEIGHBOR?

We can spend long hours, valuable energy, and millions of dollars working out strategies, initiating evangelistic crusades, establishing medical clinics and hospitals, building translation stations, and praying that governments will become and remain open to the gospel. Yet as wonderful as all of these efforts are, haven't we missed a basic ingredient? Outreach begins not overseas but closer to where we live-across the street, in our offices, in the shops we frequent.

Before we ask who is our neighbor we have to ask who we are, because who we are determines what we see, and what we ...


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