Engaged (Part 2) People who won’t listen (Mark 3:22)
Theme: How Jesus responds to those who won’t listen
Introduction: In our current sermon series “Engaged” we are looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. Jesus was often reaching out to people with the message of God’s salvation. But, many refused to hear it! Today we see from Jesus, how to deal with those people who just won’t listen! (You have probably never encountered any of those kinds of people). But, Jesus did and here is how He handled it.
Conclusion: The truth is there are going to be plenty of people, friends and family included, who will not accept our testimony. However, that does not free us from our responsibility of sharing it. Our responsibility is to faithfully proclaim Christ until He comes or takes us home. Their responsibility is to decide whether to accept it or reject it. Here is what we learned from Jesus…
Jesus engaged daily with those who would not listen, but He reached out to them continually anyway. Let us be faithful to be Jesus, and to proclaim the message of the gospel whenever, and with whomever we have opportunity, whether they listen or not!
Engaged (Part 1) Learning to engage with people like Jesus (Lk. 7:36-50)
Theme: How Jesus treats the outsiders
Introduction: As we walk through life, we will encounter all kinds of different people. I think we can all benefit from having better people skills, people skills like Jesus. In our new sermon series “Engaged” I want us to spend several weeks looking at and learning how to engage with all different types of people like Jesus did. And I want to begin with how we deal with outsiders (people who are very different from us). I want to start here because, there are times when being religious can keep us from being Christian. That may surprise you, but it is so very true! Jesus had much to say about this concept while in the house a very religious man. Jesus encounter with an unwelcome outsider shows us how narrow minded, religious and judgmental thinking can result in rejection of people. While some will reject others on the basis of religious judgment (Thinking they are better than others). Jesus would rather accept them for who they are, without disapproval or losing patience with them, so that He may reach them with and show them the love and grace of God. Notice how Jesus responds “when the outsider comes in.”
Conclusion: As we walk through this life, we will encounter all kinds of different people. As Maxwell said, “People have a tendency to live up or down to our expectations of them.”And, “The best way to help people is to see the best in them.” (I think we can all benefit from having better people skills, people skills like Jesus). That is how we engage the outsider when they come in!