Going Beyond in Your Connection to Others


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Week #5 of our “Go Beyond” Series

Going Beyond in Your Connection to Others

Luke 19:1-10 – Jesus and Zacchaeus
He entered Jericho and was passing through. And behold, there was a man named Zacchaeus. He was a chief tax collector and was rich.And he was seeking to see who Jesus was, but on account of the crowd he could not, because he was small in stature. So he ran on ahead and climbed up into a sycamore tree to see him, for he was about to pass that way. And when Jesus came to the place, he looked up and said to him, “Zacchaeus, hurry and come down, for I must stay at your house today.” So he hurried and came down and received him joyfully. And when they saw it, they all grumbled, “He has gone in to be the guest of a man who is a sinner.” And Zacchaeus stood and said to the Lord, “Behold, Lord, the half of my goods I give to the poor. And if I have defrauded anyone of anything, I restore it fourfold.” And Jesus said to him, “Today salvation has come to this house, since he also is a son of Abraham. 10 For the Son of Man came to seek and to save the lost.”
  • Why do we do what we do? To Connect other people to Christ.
  • Jesus came to seek and save the lost – that’s what we need to be doing.
  • Focus on who you want to reach, not who you want to keep.
  • Membership is not about privileges, it’s about responsibility.

In order to go beyond in your connection to others:

  1. Realize that you are sent.
  • When you are sent, you’re on a mission.
  • What are you willing to give up to be sent / on mission?
  • Can you get out of your comfort zone to be sent / on mission?
  • No matter how difficult it may be, we are sent. 
  • Christian means Christ follower, not a “fan of a team.” 
  • If you show up, does the team know who you are? Do you just wear the teams colors and cheer for the team, or are you working for the win of the team?
  • We’re supposed to make pathways into other people’s lives to influence them.
  1. Realize we are normal.
  • We’re all weird to some extent. When we get involved in other people’s lives, we get to know them and they become a part of our lives.
  • People don’t want to be a part of weird, they want to be a part of normal. 
  • The problem is that “normal” is a different definition for everyone.
  • When you look at the life of Christ, you’ll find that he taught a lot about life and we have to strive to live our life to connect with other people in a normal way.
  • It takes time to do this. It doesn’t happen all at once.
  • We’re broken people who have been saved by Jesus and we need to share that with other broken people.
  • You can’t be a Christian who doesn’t follow Jesus. 
1 Peter 3:15“but in your hearts honor Christ the Lord as holy, always being prepared to make a defense to anyone who asks you for a reason for the hope that is in you; yet do it with gentleness and respect,”
 
  1. Realize we have a life changing message
  • Being a Christian requires that we have the ability to tackle the questions of the next generation.
  • We need to bring people with us to church, not just invite them.
  • The early church didn’t have the Bible to point to, they had the example of their lives.