Today I want to talk about the value of reaching people for God. This value is very dear to my heart. We’re going to be in Mark 2 this morning. Here’s the context of the verse we’ll launch of:
Jesus had just healed a guy and then he called Levi, a tax collector to come follow him. This offended the religious people and they wanted to know why Jesus would socialize with sinners. Well, Jesus’ response was shocking:
We’re looking at different values for our church. One of our values is big faith. Another value is serving. Today, I want to talk to you about a value that wasn’t one of the original values of the church when it started in 1996. God did a work in my heart and now this value is one of the core values we hold. The value is generosity.
We’re going to go on a journey through the book of Acts.
Acts 20:35 NIV
In everything I did, I showed you that by this kind of hard work we must help the weak, remembering the words the Lord Jesus himself said: ‘It is more blessed to give than to receive.’ ”
What makes this value so important to me is I was not generous at all. This is something God has done in my heart and I want to tell you that story today.
Today, we are going to start in John 4 and we are going to launch into our second “We” statement.
John 4, we’re picking up right after Jesus met the woman at the well and the disciples were wondering if Jesus was hungry.
So often in our Western world thinking, we talk about “Jesus and me” and we personalize it so much. I believe, through looking at Scripture, that we should not only have a personal relationship with Jesus but also a shared relationship with Jesus.
Over the next few weeks we are going to look at what God is calling us to be about and stand for as a local church. I’ve been praying for you that God would build your faith. And has he builds your faith he would build our faith. There is something powerful that happens when we come together in faith.