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The Messy Gospel (7 of 19)
INTRODUCTION: Today I would like to speak to you under this title, ''The Messy Gospel''
The moment you decide to set out to obey the command to, ''Go make disciples'' you will be stepping into dirty soil. Farming is a fitting metaphor for the missional life. You set out with a clean outfit, a full stomach and a mind set to work, but you return with your clothes torn, drenched in sweat and your face covered in dust your body bruised and tired all for the sake of planting seeds that may not yield fruit for some time. This is the lot of that man, woman, boy or girl who lives with what Steve Timmis calls, ''Gospel Intentionality''
Throughout this series we have called you to,
Think about where you eat, who serves you, what you say to them, with Gospel Intentionality.
Think about your sports involvement with Gospel Intentionality.
Walk through your neighborhoods with Gospel Intentionality.
Season your conversations with Gospel Intentionality.
As you do so, you will be doing the work of a farmer, sowing seeds of truth and strengthening people in the Gospel.
Today I want to remind you - you will get dirty, you will come home smelly in need of a bath. This is to be expected…
CONTEXT: Now remember we saw last week that Peter had won Cornelius and his friends to Jesus. This was the first purely non Jewish, Gentile convert to Christianity.
TEXT: Acts 11:1-18 (ESV)
1 Now the apostles and the brothers who were throughout Judea heard that the Gentiles also had received the word of God. 2 So when Peter went up to Jerusalem, the circumcision party
CELEBRATED HIM SAYING, ''YOU DID IT, PETER, YOU HAVE BROKEN THE GLASS CEILING OVER ISRAEL AND TAKEN THE GOSPEL TO THE GENTILES! NOW THE GREAT COMMISSION WILL BE FULFILLED!
No - that's not what it says at all is it? It's not because even in these first few years of church existence mission drift had already began to occur.
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