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Love People (3 of 4)
Series: Simple Church
INTRODUCTION: Obe Carrion, former U.S. rock climbing champion, won a tournament in an unusual way. Obi was one of four finalists and each had to climb a very difficult route up a steep wall. The first three finalists did the same thing. They entered the roped-off area, inspected the route, and then slowly began climbing, one hold at a time working their way up to the top. Two made it with a slip or two, one fell. Obi was scheduled to go last. He came out of the isolation area, inspected the route, took twenty steps back and he ran up the wall. He didn't hesitate or interpolate or hedge his bets, he just committed. It turns out that simplest way was the best and the easiest way up the wall.
Likewise the simplest way to make disciples turns out to be the best way to make disciples. We're in a sermon series entitled ''Simple Church.'' A ''Simple Church'' is a church designed around a simple strategic process for making disciples. Our process is to love God, love people and serve others. Now you've been hearing about this for two weeks so far so let's see how your retention is. Let's take a short quiz. Number from one to three on your bulletin. Beside the number one write out what Loving God corresponds to in our discipleship process. Beside the number two, write out what loving people corresponds to in our process. Beside the number three write out what serving others corresponds to in our process. We grow in our love for God in our Sunday worship. We grow in our love for people in our small groups. We grow in our service to others through our ministry teams.
Today, I want to talk for a few minutes on loving people through small groups.
I. THE PRECEDENT FOR A SMALL GROUP METHODOLOGY Philippians 4:9 ''The things you have learned and received and heard and seen in me, practice these things, and the God of peace will be with you.''
One of our guiding principles in the Christian church ...
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