Sunday Morning 8-26-12

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A Master Planned Community 
Luke 14:21-24 
CBC 8/26/2012 SM
Every community starts exactly the same way.
Some grow and flourish and some falter and fail.
The Bible has a lot to say about the subject of community
background: Jesus tells a parable inviting folks to a marriage
people have all kinds of excuses not to come
they send servants to get people off the streets
TEXT: 21 The servant went back and told all this to his master. The master was furious and said to his servant, 
         Hurry out to the streets and alleys of the town, and bring back the poor, the crippled, the blind, and the lame.22 Soon the servant said, 
         Your order has been carried out, sir, but there is room for more.23 So the master said to the servant, 
         Go out to the country roads and lanes and make people come in, so that my house will be full.24 I tell you all that none of those who were invited will taste my dinner!
There is the Mission, the Method, the Mentality, and the Message, that are all a part of the Master plan.
  1. The Mission–Proverbs 29:18where there is no vision the people perish. 
  • God’s vision is to have heaven’s tables full
    • God commissioned His workers to “Go, and invite people to His house
    • It’s a big house
    • big table
    • lots of food
  • God didn’t SUGGEST we invite people, He COMMISSIONED us to invite people
    • inviting people, creatively is our MAIN purpose in life
    • we’re not on the planet to just exist & enjoy ourselves
    • this life has a purpose, but it is God’s purpose, the creator of life
  • God isn’t happy about anybody not coming to His house
    • our commission includes the term, “all nations”
      • nationalities of people
      • cultural divisions of people
      • occupational segments of our society
      • leave none out...everybody...alive on this planet...at this time!
    • we don’t set the preferences, we invite the masses
      • we need compassion for the multitudes
      • when one person turns us down, go to the next
      • when one people group ignores our plea, go to another
  • If we as a church lose our vision,
    • reason for existence
    • our excitement for the future
    • we will die
  1. The Method–Luke 14:23compel them-
  • Knox translation-give them no other choice but to come.
    • how do we “compel” people who are blessed with free choice?
      • thumping them over the head with the Bible?
      • forcing them into a “plan”?
        • AM worship service
        • Sunday School Class
        • position of service in the church
        • NO
  • CREATE AN APPETITE
    • share our joy...you do have some, right?
    • show them our excitement...Sunday service is a celebration of our Savior coming back from the dead and conquering the devil, death, hell and the grave
    • give them examples of how Jesus has & is making a difference in our lives
  • MAKE THEM AN OFFER THEY CAN’T REFUSE
    • gain heaven, miss eternal torment by humbling themselves, turning away from their sin, and asking Jesus to be Lord and Savior of their life.
  1. The Mentality–I Corinthians 9:22-that I might by all means save some. 
22 To the weak (wanting in discernment) I have become weak (wanting in discernment) that I might win the weak and overscrupulous. I have [in short] become all things to all men, that I might by all means (at all costs and in any and every way) save some [by winning them to faith in Jesus Christ].
  • Why is the church in decline?
    • one reason is the difficulty in getting her to adapt to the culture she is in
      • Paul would preach to us, “Church, you need to diversify.”
      • don’t compromise the standards of the church
      • don’t change the doctrine of the church
      • but definitely change the methods of the church to save some
  • Let’s Be Realistic
    • not everyone will be saved no matter what method we use
    • we are seeing a loss of Young Adults in our community
      • losing them to alcohol
      • losing them to fornication & improper sexual behavior
      • losing them to drugs
      • losing them to suicide & fatality accidents
    • to save some is better than not to save any
    • F.R.I.E.N.D.S. Ministry (20’s, 30’s & early 40’s) is a CBC ministry focused on building a credible & useful community that grows and protects young adults instead of setting them up for failure
  1. The Message–Mark 16:15preach the gospel to every creature. 
Weymouth–proclaim the gospel to all mankind.
  • preach: GOOD NEWS
    • preach Jesus
    • everywhere you go (not just geographical)
    • everyone your meet (be creative to they will be accepting
  • we must build credibility with the group we are called to minister to
    • we need to be in their circle
    • tel-evangelism isn’t working anymore
    • we must get into the HIGHWAYS & into the HEDGES
CONCL: CBC members can be on the cutting edge of the great commission without being in downtown Little Rock or Fayetteville.
ILL:  All the sports writers in Indianapolis kept getting reports of this high school basketball player from French Lick that was putting up great numbers every night. As the State play-offs approached this kid’s numbers went even higher and he was receiving state wide recognition. The writers in Indianapolis assumed this kid was a black superstar. When Larry Bird took the floor for French lick, many were shocked. A six foot ten, white kid, who could shoot from anywhere arrived for the State playoffs

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